How to paint a boat in 7 steps

This article will show you how to paint your boat in 7 different steps. You don’t need any experience and in fact this was done by Teamac Marine marking department staff members.

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Stage 1:

Renovating The Belton Seabird.
After the wonderful job Butler Boats did with renovating the deck and the insides of the boat, here at Teamac we began the painting process. The boat had previously been undercoated therefore before any painting began; all sides needed sanding down using a P100 graded sandpaper. This was necessary to create a good key which the Marine gloss can be applied to. After sanding down it was ready to have its first coat of Teamac Marine Gloss White. The paint needed adequate stirring and then ready to go!
More info on our marine gloss can be seen on our website: 

Stage 2:
Renovating the Belton Seabird
The aim is to have stripes of colours down the sides of the boat, using the colours from the Teamac Marine Gloss range as seen in the image.
We have chosen to use 30 of our 52 different colours in the marine gloss range. To achieve this look the most essential part of getting it right is the masking tape. Each stripe had to be carefully measured out with the masking placed on straight. After a trying out different types of masking, we found the best one for this job was Frog Tape which gave a more accurate line compared to regular masking tape. To get the masking right it takes time, especially with this type of project.

Stage 3:
Renovating the Belton Seabird
At this stage it is now time to start painting the stripes! Firstly the surface needed sanding using a less abrasive grain, we used a P240. The paint needs to be stirred thoroughly with a stirring stick which then has to be immediately cleaned using warm soapy water. This is because the stirrer will need to be used for the next stripe.
Once the paint is mixed it was applied using a 1 and a half inch brush. The technique we used was to make three horizontal stripes then brush vertically to integrate all three lines, allowing the paint to be evenly distributed creating a nice even film. Once finished the masking tape can be removed to stop any paint from leaking underneath it, ensure its being peeled off carefully.
Once the first stripe is finished the brush needed cleaning straight away using Teamac Thinners 14 then warm soapy water. After the brush is dry and clean the next stripe could be started (Note: paint every-other stripe first) using the same process: stir paint - clean stirrer - paint – remove masking tape - once finished clean brush.
This process was repeated until every other stripe was painted with the first coat.

Stage 4:
Renovating the Belton Seabird
Once the first section of stripes has had their first coat and has had time to dry, it’s time to apply the second coat.
We advise to wait 12 hours or overnight before over coating as the Marine Gloss paint has a touch dry of 4 hours and hard dry of 12 hours. Also is advised to lightly sand in between coats to soften any splodges etc. We used a lighter P240 sandpaper.
The masking tape needs to be reapplied following the line of the first coat carefully. Once the masking is in place it’s a case of following the same procedure and technique as stage 3 (see earlier post) - stir paint - clean stirrer - paint – remove masking tape - once finished clean brush.

Stage 5:
Renovating the Belton Seabird
After the second coat of the first section of stripes have dried (see stage 4 for drying times) it’s time to start the alternate stripes. Note: depending on how thick the coats were painted, some of the brighter colours may need a 3rd coat, see safety data sheets for more info.
The steps are the same as the previous stripes with the Masking being the first and most important step. It is essential that the masking is placed accurately to ensure the line between the colours are straight and crisp. If the paint is fully dried on the previous stripes, the paint will not peel off when taking off the masking. See the images below showing how to place the masking.

Stage 6:
Renovating the Belton Seabird
Once the masking is in place it’s time to paint! The process is exactly the same as stage 3 (see our earlier post), firstly stirring the paint adequately then clean the stirrer with warm soapy water ready for the next stripe. Apply the paint with our preferred technique - make three horizontal stripes then brush vertically to integrate all three lines, allowing the paint to be evenly distributed creating a nice even film.
Once finished, clean the brush with Thinners 14 followed by warm soapy water. Finally, carefully peel off the masking tape.
As the image shows, you can see which stripes have had two coats. Just like the first section these stripes will also benefit from a second coat which will be covered in the next stage.

Stage 7:
Renovating the Belton Seabird
As seen in stage 6, all the stripes should now be painted. Although the alternate stripes which were painted in stage 6 need a second coat (just like the other stripes). This can be done in exactly the same way as the first lot of stripes (see stage 4).
After leaving the paint to dry overnight, it will be ready to mask again. Note: it is important that the masking is placed in the same position. Before a second coat is applied, lightly sand down with a P240 sandpaper to help smooth out any blemishes. When sanding ensure you don’t use too much pressure at this stage. After the preparation, masking and sanding, it is ready to start the paint process again. Using the same as before: stir paint - clean stirrer - paint – remove masking tape - once finished clean brush.

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