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Painting a Fiberglass Bass Boat

If you own or are considering purchasing a fiberglass boat, you might have some questions about painting a fiberglass bass boat. Fiberglass boats are a great investment, and they can be a lot of fun during the summers. If you want to change the color of your boat or merely update the paint coat, you will need some painting tips.

Painting a Fiberglass Bass Boat

Painting a Fiberglass Bass Boat Guide

If you are planning on painting a fiberglass bass boat, you first need to ensure that you have to correct materials and tools. Ideally, you should have the following materials: clean cloth pads, epoxy putty, dual action sander, duck tape, wax removing solvent, sand paper, fiberglass primer, a foam brush, two part urethane paint made for boats (in the color paint that you want your boat to be), a chemical mask, gloves, and safety goggles.

The majority of these items you should be able to pick up at your local hardware store, or if you need to, you can order them online. If you already have a coat of paint on your boat, then you probably don’t need the wax removing solvent. However, if you purchased a new fiberglass boat, or you have never painted your boat before, then you do need it. This is because fiberglass boats come with a colored gel coat, not a coat of paint.

Getting Started on Painting the Boat

First, you need to protect various areas of your boat before you start painting. There are certain parts of your boat that should not get paint on them, such as the ventilators, the registration numbers, the name plants, and the bang irons. You can protect these parts of your boat by taping over them with duck tape. If there’s anything from your boat that you don’t want painted, and that can be removed entirely during the process, you should do that.

You should then clean the surface of your boat. You want to make sure that all the grime, dust, and particles of dirt are cleaned before you start painting. Next, if you have not put a layer of paint on your fiberglass boat already, then you need to remove the wax that is on your boat. You can do this by using the wax removing solvent and clean rags.

Boat Inspection

After you’ve completed the initial steps, you need to inspect your boat for any cuts or scrapes on the surface. If you find one, you need to fill that scrape or cut with the epoxy filler. You then have to allow the epoxy filler to dry. Once any scrapes or cuts are filled you, you need to sand the filler. Use the sixty-grit paper, and sand over the filler and then sand again with the eighty-grit paper.

After you sand over the filler, you should sand the entire area of the boat that you wish to paint. This will make your paint look fresher and better to the eye. After you finish sanding, wash your boat with water to ensure that all the sanding grit is removed. Allow to dry.

Painting the Boat

You are now ready to begin painting! You have to apply a primer to your boat first. Use a roller or a brush, and cover the entirety of your boat’s surface that you wish to paint with the primer.

You must begin actually painting within two hours of applying your primer, to ensure that the primer is still fresh when you apply the paint. Use a paint roller to paint the surface of your boat for the first coat. For the second coat, you can use the foam brush to paint over any obvious lines from the paint roller. Allow the paint to dry.