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Everything You Need to Know About Surface Preparation

Everything You Need to Know About Surface Preparation

If you recently purchased a boat or you’ve already had one for a long time, and you feel like it needs a repaint job, you need to know that good surface preparation will help you achieve that seamless look that you want and ensure that you can enjoy it looking brand new. By preparing your boat for paint stripping and eventually painting, you can guarantee the best results and make sure that your new paint will last for a long time.

But what exactly do you need to know about surface preparation for your boat?


  • Clean your boat thoroughly. Before you do anything to your boat, make sure that you give it a thorough wash, especially if it’s been on the water for a long time. Cleaning will help you get rid of dust, dirt, saltwater and other components that could affect the way your paint sticks to the surface. This will also give you the opportunity to check for any dents and cracks that need fixing before you start the repainting job.
  • Decide on the kind of topside paint that you’ll use. Marine topside paints are either air dry, one part or two part activated products, so you need to decide on the best option for your boat and budget first since the kind of paint you’ll use will determine the type of surface preparation needed for the job. Also, make sure that you choose the right primer that’s compatible with the paint system that you choose.
  • Hire the paint stripping professionals. Although paint stripping may sound like a fun DIY job for the summer, it’s still best to leave the task to the experts who have the right tools and techniques to get the job done right the first time. Paint stripping can also become quite messy with all the dust and debris that you need to clean after. But when you hire a professional paint stripping service like Minutemen Mobile Blasting, LLC, you can guarantee that everything will be done properly and without any hassles. Look for our paint stripping service done using Dustless Blasting technology, so you don’t need to worry about the dust and dirt, especially if you’ll be repainting your boat in your backyard.
  • Think about your primer. Depending on the paint system that you’ll be using, you’ll need to prime the surface first to help the paint stick and last long and to give that extra coat of protection to your boat’s surface. Make sure to ask your paint supplier on the right primer to use for this job to ensure that you won’t go through any problems later on.


Repainting a boat is one of the easiest ways to make it look brand new and ready for the summer when you will be using it a lot. But to ensure that you get the best results, make sure that you prepare its surface properly through cleaning, stripping and priming. Hire the experts for these tasks so you won’t need to go through the hassles yourself. Contact us at Minutemen Mobile Blasting, LLC to learn more about the different services we provide!