Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
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First time painting? Do it yourself. Painting a trailered boat is easy. All you need are a brush or two,a gallon or so of paint, some de-waxing cleaner, some 150-180 grit sandpaper, painters tape etc..
Strike off (Line) your water line (this is the hard part) level and correctly - within a inch of so of the actual line it floats at (usually marked by dirt stains). If you have a boot strip already on your boat paint up to 1 inch below the boot stripe. Leave the 1 inch area as bare fiberglass - it just looks better.
Dewax and clean the bottom - Thoroughly. Even on a used older boat this is necessary.
Sand lightly to give 'tooth' to the bottom.
Paint at least 3 coats, brush and roller. Probably 2 gallons total.
Move the boat back and forth using the winch to get at the spots covered by the trailer rollers.
Use a hard paint, non-ablative (VC 17 is good) - that way when you pull the boat you can clean it off with a brush and it can be multi-season.