What You Need To Know About Paint Supply?

There are times when your Boat or Yacht painted accessories, which were once gleaming, are now fading, peeling or cracking showing the metal below. This could be your Railings, Helm area, Hatch moldings…just about anything that had a paint finish. Is it time for new ones? Well maybe or maybe not. Here is a way to make them look new again. If you are looking for more tips, check out these tips

For years I would try to revitalise my accessories by hand painting them after they spent years in the saltwater environment. It never looked real good. I ended up buying new accessories to replace the old ones which worked fine, but looked old because of the finish or my sad painting job. I’ve come a long way since then, so here’s a quick way to tune your-self up and get these jobs done easily and cost effective.

Now you might have larger jobs than what I am mentioning, but you can take the same principal and Spray paint a Boat mast or Helm console or even your Marine engine. So let’s get started.

First you have to get the peeling and cracking taken care of by scraping lightly and then sanding.

You want to have a smooth finish without highs and lows from the cracking or peeling areas. Yes, it does mean a bit of sanding depending on the severity of the finish. Try to sand out the cracks and the highs and lows to try to get it to blend. You can use filler found in many Marine Supply stores to take out any gouges or inconsistencies. Sand it so you get one uniform look. You’ll know when you got it right. Wipe off your accessory, railing, etc and use a moistened cloth with thinner (read all instructions when using any product, including the cautions) to clean it up for the paint.

Now there are 2 Very important aspects to doing this…one is your spray technique. We use spray paint cans from Marine Supply stores or Auto stores which come with their own nozzles. Before using, the spray can itself has to be warm so the paint product inside is warm. If it is a warm sunny day out, let it warm that way by being outside (read the instructions) and shake the cans again and again till the ball inside moves very easily. When using a spray can, there is a technique.

First there is a back and forth movement, passing the boat accessory by a few inches either way. Try it without spraying to get a rhythm. Now when you’re paint spraying, the spray starts just before the boat accessory and continue spraying till it passes the other end an inch or so. As you come back at it, start spraying again before the accessory and so on…back and forth, starting and stopping the spray on each stroke. Keep the spray can about 8 to 10 inches away while spraying. You just want to do light coats…you may do 5 passes and still see through the paint, that’s great. Wait a few minutes, shake the spray can again and often, then do more passes…wait a little…then do more. You’ll get the hang of it, and will love the factory finish you get!