At least 100 million Americans go boating every year. They run them for approximately 54 days, and it costs them $5,000-$8000.

One of the most underrated of these costs is boat paint. The market for marine coatings for leisure boats alone is worth over $2 billion.

 Read on to learn how to maintain this investment and keep your boat paint looking brand new.

Choose the Right Paint

There’s one thing that stands true whether you want a new paint job for your boat or just want to keep it looking like new. You have to find the right type.

There are several options for boat paint to choose from, including:

  • Gelcoat
  • LP or Linear Polyurethane
  • Awlgrip

Look at the pros, cons, and prices of each one. Compare them and decide which one will look best on your boat. You’ll also need to decide how often you need to repaint, but it’s best to go with the same type of paint when you do.

Clean the Boat

Regular cleanings are one of the most important ways to maintain boat paint. It helps remove built-up grime and dirt that can make your paint look dirty and faded. 

Start at the top and go down to the bottom. Always use the proper cleaning agents and soft water to prevent damage.

Deciding on often you’ll need to clean the hull depends on several factors. They include:

  • Climate
  • Marine environment
  • Mooring
  • State regulations

Other easy-to-miss areas often go ignored during a heavy cleaning but can make your boat look dirty and old. Remove the scum line that forms after you remove it from the water. Use a specialized cleaner to remove residue or stagnate water in the bilge.

Seal and Wax

Sealing and waxing are two of the most common steps in paint detailing for a reason. They’re a great way to maintain a shiny, beautiful paint coating.

Apply a boat-specific sealant as a form of boat paint protection. It repels dirt and prevents UV rays from causing damage or fading.

Buff out your boat before applying wax. This removes any remaining oxidation left over. You can do it manually or use a rotary buffer.

Store Your Boat Properly

Boat care is just as important when your vessel is not in use. Make sure to store it on a clean trailer with a cover.

This helps your boat run better because its important components won’t get damaged. It also keeps the paint job looking its best because it won’t be exposed to dirt or the elements.

Where to Get Help with Boat Paint

Keeping boat paint looking like new after dipping it in the water over and over again requires a careful care regimen.

Start with the proper paint, and clean from top to bottom. Use an appropriate sealant and wax to get the shine you’re searching for. Store the boat in a clean trailer where it won’t get damaged or dirty.

Detail Time has decades of experience with boat paint detailing and paint correction. Get a quote today.