A step-by-step guide to painting your boat

A new lick of paint can really make your boat stand out, bringing it a new lease of life and enhancing the value of your investment. It can be expensive, and sometimes a little complicated, but the end result will really be worth it.

Today the team at JTAPE have put together a simple step-by-step guide which will get you well on your way to giving your boat the “wow” factor it deserves, making it stand out in the marina.

Step 1 – Get ready

One of the most important things to remember is to read all the instructions on your equipment and make sure you  have the correct personal protective equipment for the task ahead. Think about face masks, gloves and eye protection and know how to use them correctly.



Step 2 – Protecting and masking  

Time taken in preparation can save you hours of work at the end of the job so begin by removing all hardware that you can such as vents, cleats, rails and any teak or wood trims on the boat. Once that is done it is time to mask up and protect any surface which could accidentally be covered with paint.

For many masking tasks there are specialist tapes and films which, if used correctly, can protect surfaces as well as help you save money.

Step 3 – Minor Repairs

Just like a car, the paintwork on your boat will have minor chips, dings, or gouges that need to be repaired before you can start. Taking the time to make sure your boat is in near perfect condition before painting will ensure that you get the best possible finish every time.

Step 4 – Surface Preparation

To make sure that you get the best possible finish on your boat you need to wash the surface in preparation for painting – dewax it and then sand it down thoroughly. This will remove dirt, grease and oils and ensure whatever paint you use stays where you want it to.

If there are any areas which need further protection now is the time to do it – the right masking tape or protective film will ensure that the paint is applied accurately to the desired areas.

Step 5 – Primer Application

Now all the preparation is done, it’s time to get into priming the boat.

The primer will give you the best possible finish at the end so make sure that you cover all the areas you intend to apply paint to. This will ensure you don’t have to go back and patch repair later.

Step 6 – Painting

The fun begins! There are so many different options for painting your boat. Do you keep it one colour? Should it be two-tone? The possibilities are endless.

Whichever way you decide to paint your boat, ensure you fully cover each section so no primer is showing and if you are adding details or stripes then make sure you mask off sections using a customising or fine line tape.

Step 7 – Wax and Clean Down

Protect your brand-new paint job by waxing your boat from bow to stern. This will help prevent scratches and give it the final finish for the “wow” factor. Now is also the time you should remove all your masking and protective films before putting all your hardware back on. If you have used the right tape, there shouldn’t be any adhesive residue but it is worth checking.

Finally, don’t forget to clean your boat thoroughly after every outing to prevent the paintwork from deteriorating over time.

If you would like to know more about the range of specialist masking tapes or protective films available from JTAPE call +44 (0)1625 618185 or complete the contact form. If you already know what you want, why not buy direct from JTAPE through our secure online shop?

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