Equip yourself with the tools and knowledge to save thousands of dollars by painting and maintaining your boat yourself. Our knowledgeable staff can provide you with expert advice on your next marine painting job, as well as the paint products and accessories you need to paint like a pro.

 

We can draw up the specifications of the job for you, put together a shopping list and give you a step-by-step instruction guide on how to paint your boat.

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MARINE PAINT PRODUCTS

We stock all the best paint brands suitable for all your marine needs. We have marine products suitable for every kind of boat.

HOW TO

We offer support and advice so you can complete your marine paint projects yourself. Alternatively, our expert team can do an on-site inspection to assess what needs to be done. 

WHAT TYPE OF PAINT TO USE & WHERE TO USE IT

If you are looking to DIY and not sure of what type of paint to use and where you should use it, check out our handy tips below. 

Antifouling


One of the most important painting jobs carried out by boat owners and vital to protect your boat from organisms, weeds and slime from building up on your hull.




Finishes


Top side finishes to provide your boat with protection against the elements and a great look.




Varnishes


Wood protection against alcohol spills, detergents and the elements.




Primers


The first complete coat of paint on the painting system, designed to provide adequate adhesion to the surface being painted.




Fillers


Fillers can be used for smaller scale repairs. The correct advice on the right filler for the specific area is crucial.




Epiglass


This is a versatile, epoxy resin suitable for a wide variety of uses on boats of all types.





COMMON PROBLEMS

 

Adhesion Failure


Avoid this by: Ensuring that the surface is clean, dry and free from contamination and has been suitable prepared according to the paint specification. Oily woods, such as teask and iroko, should be degreased with a solven prior to varnishing. Be sure to follow the over-coating intervals between coats of paint.




Bittiness


Avoid this by: The correct preparation of the surface. Always clean before sanding and remove sanding residue from the surface before applying the next coat of paint. Ensure that the surface is not contaminated during the curing phase.




Blistering


Avoid this by: Ensuring that correct over-coating interval is followed to avoid solvent entrapment and other contamination. In immersed conditions the blistering could be osmosis.




Blushing


Avoid this by: Ensuring that the painted surface has not been exposed to moisture or condensation during the latter stages of drying and that the solvent blend is correct. This phenomenon is often seen with amine cured epoxies.




Brush Marks


Avoid this by: Thinning your paint to the correct viscosity and ensuring that it is adequately mixed before applying. For two-part paints use the mixed product within the pot life stated on the product datasheet.




Fouling


Avoid this by: Ensuring that you have applied the correct amount of antifouling, as indicated on the product datasheet. Ensure that the antifouling strength of the product used is suitable for the waters in which the boat is moored and navigates.




Crazing


Avoid this by: Refraining from using strong solvents on conventional coatings, as they will penetrate and soften the surface causing crazing to occur.




Darkening of wood


Avoid this by: Ensuring that the end grain of your timber is sealed to avoid water penetration under the varnish layer. This will cause the underlying wood to darken.




Cissing


Avoid this by: Thoroughly cleaning the surface and ensuring that is clear of wax, grease and perspiration (from your hands) prior to the application of the first coat of paint.





Disclaimer. For expert advice on the right marine paint and products for your boat, call us today. Marine web content brought to you in association with International Paints, an Akzo Nobel Brand, proudly stocked and supplied by Inspirations Paint CQ.

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