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Narrowboat painting

I'm narrowing down my choice of company to paint my boat this year or next and have talked to people offering hand painting by brush, spray painting and, now, hand painting by roller. I've more or less ruled our spray painting but is there a significant difference between hand painting by brush and by roller?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | 9.38am, Friday 17 January

WW says:

Hand painting by brush should give a very smooth finish with only minimal brush marks. Hand painting with a roller is quicker but it leaves a slight 'orange peel' texture. This becomes more noticeable as further coats are applied.
One compromise is to roller the paint on and then lay it off with a brush. This can work reasonably well provided the paint is not drying too quickly. You can reduce the chance of this happening by choosing a day that is not too warm or by adding paint conditioner to the paint.
Nevertheless, If someone else is doing the work, my preference would be hand painting by brush.

Graham Booth  | 9.54AM, Friday 17 January

The conditions in which the paint is applied are very important. Most professional boat painters have a heated paint shed or dock so that conditions can be controlled.
I agree with Grahams comments; brush painting or laying off the paint with a brush will give the best results. Spray painting looks immaculate, but does not give a very thick layer of paint, making it more susceptable to scatches.

Rupert Smedley  | 1.32PM, Friday 17 January

If you can work with someone else, laying on with a brush (with random strokes) and then the second person following laying off with a high quality paint pad works very well- this is often the hand-applied technique for painting GRP surfaces where you need to maintain a very very smooth finish- however it does require some practice (and some paints are better than others for this technique!).

Mark Langley  | 1.37PM, Friday 17 January

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