Boat Painting Tips

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Once the prep work is done, laying on the fresh paint is a pleasure. Every stroke of the brush or turn of the roller brings improvement to the boat. Photo credit: G. Granbery

Summer is here. Your boat is still on the trailer in the back yard. Or on stands in the boat yard. You’re staring at the topsides. They’re dingy and faded and scuffed — so much so that no amount of stain remover, rubbing compound,  and wax will bring back a nice finish. Meanwhile the nonskid deck is worn and nasty-looking, covered with ground-in stains,  bird droppings, tree sap, you name it.

There’s no getting around it — it’s time for elbow grease and paint. The good news is, if you prepare well and pick your weather, your boat is going to look good — really good — again. And whether you plan to keep it or sell it, you’ll be able to stand back, take a look, and get that good boat-owner feeling again.

Here are some links that will help you out.

Start with 10 Tips on How to Paint a Nonskid Deck. It includes tips that apply to all boat painting, not just nonskid decks. In fact the  tips will help with pretty much any painting project, afloat or on land.

Then read How to Prep a Boat for Painting, which includes a link to this video:

Then move on to Paul Cronin’s How to Paint a Nonskid Deck, which includes a link to this video on tools, techniques, and in particular the application of KiwiGrip nonskid deck paint:

Follow up with Paul’s article, How to Paint a Boat, which points to this video: