How to Prepare Your Ship for Marine Paint

by Peter Gitundu - Date: 2008-09-09 - Word Count: 265 Share This!

A marine paint is used for painting sailboats, yachts and ships that use both fresh and salt water. Its readily applied on both military and professional ships. This paint is also applied to freighters, passenger ships, offshore oil rigs, container ships, tankers, recreational yachts and boats as well as inland waterway ships, tow boats and barges. Marine paints contain high levels of copper and tin to kelp prevent or eliminate fouling from biological organisms, slime and algae. Its preferred in harsh marine environments because its highly engineered to prevent organic buildup and damage.

Today, we find some natural materials being used for marine paint formulations to produce environmentally friendly marine paints. Scientists use tube worms in dead powder form, green algae, and garlic as natural anti fouling components and it gives your vessel an all round protection from chemical, insects and worm damage.

To prepare your ship for painting, it is wise to roughen it all out with 220 grit dry sand paper, while making sure there are no shiny spots which would prevent paint from sticking on the surface. Follow it up with an 800 grit sandpaper, then clean with warm soapy water. If you cannot accomplish this on your own, take it to a fabrication shop or yard and have them Vacuum or high pressure it with soapy water and a degreaser to make cleaning it easier. Finally apply either a bottom paint for protecting the bottoms, a topside paint for the surfaces above the water line, including the deck or a commercial marine paint depending on what part of your boat you are painting.

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