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Boat painting

How much should I budget for to have a 45' narrowboat repainted, assuming the windows are taken out and put back in as part of the job? No need for work below the waterline as blacking, etc. has recently been done.

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | 2.17pm, Monday 2 July

WW says:

It is not normal to remove the windows in preparation for painting, although you might get a better finish. The problem is that it is often quite a large job to undo the trim and remove the windows. If the windows are leaking it does however make sense to attend to them at the same time as repainting.
The cost of painting a boat depends dramatically on the amount of preparation work necessary, and the complexity of the design. A simple single colour scheme will be cheaper than a complex design with lots of lining. Any sign-writing is often extra as it is a specialist job. Hence it is difficult to give a precise estimate, and any decent painter will need to be booked as they are usually quite busy.

Rupert Smedley  | 3.25PM, Monday 2 July

If you look at at boatyards, they tend to quote between around £60 and £120 per foot length of boat (not of cabin)... this would involve flattening back the paint, but not to bare steel (this is a very time consuming job). This would be for a very simple paint job, with a simple coachline, without much, if any, remedial work to rust spots, etc.
I agree with Rupert- not worth taking out windows, unless you have a problem with them, but it is worth removing roof vents when repainting the cabin top, and resealing them when you have finished, as they do tend to leak and harbour corrosion if not attended to underneath.
It is worth shopping around for quotes- or do it yourself- though once you start, you realise that actually having a professional do the job is quite good value, when you consider the time involved!

Mark Langley  | 4.08PM, Monday 2 July

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