There are times when your boat or yacht painted accessories are now fading, peeling or cracking, showing the metal below, which were once gleaming. It may be your Railings, Helm field, Hatch moldings … only about anything that had a paint finish. Is it time for something new? Okay maybe or not. Here’s a way to get them looking new again.visit
For years I ‘d be trying to revitalize my accessories by painting them by hand after years in the saltwater environment. It had never really looked fine. I ended up buying new accessories to replace the old ones that worked fine, but looked old due to the finish or my sad paint job. By then, I have come a long way, so here’s a fast way to get these jobs completed quickly and cost-effectively.
Now you may have larger jobs than I’m talking about, but you can take the same principal and paint a Boat mast or Helm console or even your Marine engine with Spray. So let’s kick off.
You will first take care of the peeling and cracking by rubbing gently, and then sanding. You want a smooth finish from the cracking or peeling areas, without highs and lows. Yes, depending on the severity of the finish, it does mean a little sanding. Start sanding out the cracks and the highs and lows to try to make it fit. For removing any gouges or inconsistencies, you can use filler found in many Marine Supply stores. Sand it so you get an even look. When you get it right you’ll know. Wipe off your shoes, railings, etc. and use a thinner moistened cloth (read all directions when using any product, including the precautions) to clean it for painting.
There are now 2 very important aspects to do this … one is your technique of spraying. We use spray paint cans that come with their own nozzles from Marine Supply stores or Auto stores. The spray itself will have to be warm before use, so that the paint substance inside is dry. If it’s a warm sunny day out, let it warm up that way by being out (read the instructions) and shake the cans over and over again until the ball moves very quickly inside. There’s a strategy available for using a spray pump. Next there is a step back and forth, one way or the other moving the boat part by a few inches. Seek to get a groove, without spraying. So when you are painting spray, the spray starts just before the attachment to the boat and proceeds to spray until it moves an inch or so to the other end. Start spraying again before the attachment and so on … back and forth, starting and stopping the spray on each stroke as you come back at it. Holding the spray can get about 8 to 10 inches when spraying. You just want to do light coats … that’s great, you can do 5 passes and still see through the paint. Wait a few minutes, shake the spray again and often, then make more passes … wait a little … wait a little more then. You ‘re going to get the hang of it, and love the factory finish you are having!