It's that time of year, and all around the marinas you'll start to see boats being readied for the new sailing season ahead.
- Get the correct paint. Different types of sailing, coupled with different types of berths require a certain type of antifoul. You can read our guide to choosing the correct antifoul by clicking here.
- Get the correct tools. We'll generally supply people with; Paint roller and tray, replacement rollers that are suitable for the paint, several pairs of disposable gloves, goggles, dust mask, wet-and-dry sanding paper, a small selection of differing sized paint brushes, masking tape, and the all important disposable suit. A good place to start is our paint protection kit.
- Get covered up. Make sure you don't get any of the old antifoul on you or the new antifoul on you. The tools mentioned above will help.
- Remove growths & barnacles. The hard part is rubbing down the hull and removing any rubbish. Make sure you rub down with wet sanding paper to avoid blistering. Seek an experts advice if you do see blistering.
- Don't let it peel. When you start going over the hull below the waterline make sure to check for peeling paint, and if necessary re-prime those areas.
- Damaged Gel Coat. Remember to fix chips in the gel coat, this can be repaired with an epoxy filler.
- Wash down. Power washers make this bit a lot easier!