Bottom paint is a critical factor for maintaining your Boat or Yacht. Neglecting to repaint the bottom of your boat can cause damage to the hull, including blisters, de-lamination, decreased performance, and damage to your props, shafts, through-hulls and intakes.
At Swift Marine, we have prepped and painted 100's of yachts, and we are more than ready to take on the job. The process varies for different boats, depending on age, size, and thickness of older paint coats. For most of the yachts in Charleston, we do the following prep and process for bottom paint-
- Create a waterline if needed
- Remove wax or sealants, if the boat contains gelcoat under waterline
- Strip older paints (This may require Media Blasting if the old paint is too thick to strip by hand- Click Here for Media Blasting Information)
- Inspect for blemishes, blisters, or fiberglass inconsistencies
- Repair blemishes
- Sand to help adherence of barrier coat
- Remove any dust or old bottom paint with a wash down
- Barrier Coat Application (Primer)
- Bottom Paint application (2 coats with Bottom Paint brands listed below)
***Scroll Down to see a few of our Bottom Paint jobs:
Marine Painting is meant to correct old gelcoat, paint, or just change the color to the owners specifications. Depending on the current finish of your boat or yacht, determines how the boat should be prepped. 99% of the time, we are going to use Awlgrip paint, specifically, Awlgrip Awlcraft 2000, is a very reliable paint that can be buffed, and lasts for years and years.
If the boat has a gelcoat finish, to prep this surface, it will have to be sanded, faired, and the gelcoat will have to be removed altogether. Awlgrip has to be sprayed in a contained area with proper ventilation. This is not a paint that you can just apply outside, there are too many contaminants that could ruin the finish! This is why we ask that you call ahead so we can arrange to move your boat to a paint station. Depending on the size, you may have to use a boatyard, or if the boat is trailerable, you can pull it to us!
As you can imagine, the scope of marine painting jobs vary widely, so please give us a call to discuss your boat.
Before^^ This Sea Hunt was long overdue for Bottom Paint, and had some old layers of paint. We media blasted to remove the paint, and check out the finished boat below:
^^This Beneteau 38 is prepped and ready for bottom paint. We had to media blast this boat because she had too many layers of old layers of bottom paint. Media blasting is required when it is too much work to remove the old paint by hand.^^
Check out the finished boat below: