Whether you have a 40 foot yacht or an old wooden dinghy, the winter months are the perfect time to drag her out of the ocean & give her the once over she deserves.
A bit of elbow grease, the right product, advice & a systems approach will help the average “Do It Yourself” amateur achieve results every bit as good as the experts.
Because of the hundreds of variables over different types of boats and the climates & conditions they are exposed to, how to begin a repair & the technical details around it are vast. Getting it wrong can prove very expensive, however the right product and simple common sense advice will help avoid those DIY disasters that are all too common.
- As a first step to achieving great results, make sure you understand the material you are working with, and the conditions in which you generally use your boat. Your boat may be made of timber, fibreglass, aluminium, steel or other, and each surface will react differently to the climate & conditions in which it is used. Established Marine brands, such as ours have informative “how to” guides on all surfaces available via this website. This will help sort out what your initial approach should be and the products required for the repair.
- Don’t mix various paint company products. Where possible stick with the one brand all the way through for better, more cohesive results.
- Preparation is key. Read surface preparation instructions carefully, these are on the label of the products you are using. If you do not understand the instructions, only take qualified advice, rather than accept hearsay advice. You can call our technical support line or speak to a qualified person at the store you purchased the product from.
- Do not substitute solvents, use what is recommended. If using a 2 pack paint do not alter mixing ratios.
- Do not cut corners or skip stages, use the number of coats recommended, and wait the recommended time between coats. Be aware of the conditions you are painting in, temperature and humidity can alter the characteristics of the paint.