Useful Painting Tips

The best way to guarantee a professional finish and take full advantage of all the products featured is proportional to the time and care dedicated to the preparation of the surface to be coated.

  • A careful and scrupulous surface preparation of the substrate to be coated followed by the application of Skipper’s products will enable you to achieve the best result for your boat, both from an aesthetic and practical point of view, as well as a long lasting finish. At the risk of being repetitive we would remind you of the basic procedures essential for a good result.
  • Apply in a dust free environment to avoid a pitted or dulled finish. Do not apply in the bright sunshine because all paints, especially topcoats, could wrinkle, bubble or flow poorly due to accelerated solvent evaporation causing the top layer to cure quickly while leaving the undercoat soft.
  • Do not paint when raining or when the temperature is lower than 5°C, or when the relative humidity is higher than 80% as it may slow the drying time causing sagging problems or flatten the gloss due to condensation caused by high humidity.
  • In particular, the anticorrosive paints should not be applied when raining or misty because they would suffer a substantial loss of anticorrosion power. Two component paints, epoxy or polyurethane based, need temperature above 10°C to provide optimum performance.
  • The use of our thinners and the specific thinning ratio should be in accordance with our instructions. Do not add anything else which would affect the characteristics of the paint or thinners of other brands.
  • Always allow the recommended recoat time between coats relating to prevailing temperature. Stir thoroughly before application to remove any pigment sedimentation and provide an even mixture (especially for anticorrosive paints). Paint tins must be kept tightly closed when not in use. All equipment should be cleaned with suitable thinner.
  • Allow 15 minutes waiting period after mixing two-component products (A+B) before starting application and use the mixture within the specified Pot Life (after which the product’s composition is altered and not suitable for further ruse). Clean the equipment immediately after use with strong solvents (e.g. nitro-based thinner).
  • All surfaces to be coated should be thoroughly prepared, cleaned and degreased. A clean surface is a necessary requirement in order to obtain the desired adhesion, protection and durability. Sandpapering between coats is recommended to provide good adhesion between the different coats of paint and for the entire coating system.
  • For further advice on application of Skipper’s Line products please Contact Us