If you own a boat or are thinking of buying one, you may have a few questions especially if you are concerned with keeping it in pristine condition and operating smoothly.
You might have purchased a boat with a metal bottom and are wondering if it is going to rust with repeated use. Or maybe you have bought one with a painted bottom and want to know how to remove the paint without harming the boat. If either of these is a burning question that is on your mind, continue reading to learn how deal with either of them.
If you are wanting to prevent damage to a boat with a metal bottom you might want to look into anti-fouling boat paints. Anti-fouling paints are used on the bottoms of boats to prevent erosion and to keep algae from attaching themselves and destroying the vessel.
To apply this kind of paint you need to first pressure wash the bottom of it to remove any dirt that may be on it. Once you are done with that, find any visible water lines and measure a few inches above that to cover all of the boat that will actually be in the water.
If there is no water line yet, the best thing to do is to pick the height on the side of the boat that you want to paint to stop at; if the water line goes above that you can always add a few more lines of paint later on.
Now you are ready to prime the area. You should put on a clear base coat that is made for hulls. After that is applied and dry, next apply the paint. Once the paint has thoroughly dried, apply a clear coat of keels to help seal the paint so that it isn’t eaten away on your first excursion.
To remove paint anti-fouling paint from the hull, you can use a paint chipper if there is only one or two coats. If there is more coats built up on the bottom of the boat then you may be required to use a stripper o get it off. To do this roll on an even layer using a paint roller and let it set according to the manufactures instruction and once that is done begin chipping it off with a paint chipper or a puddy knife. Be sure when removing anti-fouling paint that you wear a mask so you so not breath in any of the dust from the old paint as it can be very harmful if inhaled.