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WHAT IS THE BEST PAINT FOR A BOAT

Have just bought anew narrow boat but needs paint so which paint will give me the best result and where to buy and how much would I need to get. The boat is 60 feet by 6 feet

Asked by: terry buchan  | 12.16pm, Sunday 20 April


WW says:

In general, marine paint will give better results and last longer than household paint. Unfortunately, this better performance comes with a higher price tag but you get what you pay for.
If you ask professional boat painters which marine paint is best, they will probably all give different answers. This is because some brands suit their particular technique of painting better than others.
Large chandlers stock marine paint but not all of them stock all the brands so you may have to try a few to get the one you decide on.
For a boat of your size, the rule of thumb I have heard is 1 litre per coat per side. However, this will vary depending on the thickness of the paint, how thickly you apply it and, possibly, the prevailing weather conditions. It's worth asking if your supplier will accept returns of unopened tins.
You do not say whether the boat needs a complete 'down to the metal' job or if you can get away with a rub down, some touching up and two or three top coats. If it is nearer to the latter, you may find the articles published in WW in October and November 2013 will give you some ideas and encouragement. You can order these via the 'shop' and 'Back issues' links on this website.

Graham Booth  | 4.50PM, Sunday 20 April

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