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If you want a good pontoon, it’s gotta be SolidCraft

If you like the water, and who doesn’t, and your kids want to slide and dive – you need a boat. Now, there are lots of boats out there, brand from here to the dock – so how do you choose which one is right for you?

Buying a boat seems like a luxury because of the price, but then you’re stuck with very specific models. usually without enough space to really make the most of the weather and the water.


A favorite for families and groups of friends is always going to be the Pontoon boat. Pontoons are based on giant air-filled tubes, known as Pontoons, which give the boat plenty of buoyancy. That means that you can have a lot of boat on top of the water that can support a bunch of weight.

Pontoons are great for their deck area, often with plenty of seats for the whole clan and even a place for your grill! Bigger pontoons can have 2 floors and even slides straight into the water!

Custom Made

Unlike bass boats or jon boats or even center console boats to an extent, pontoons give a unique opportunity to customize. Outboard motors and pontoons instead of hulls, make the shape and configuration of your pontoon entirely flexible.

When it comes to Pontoons, you want something that will last year after year after year, and something with enough space to be able to enjoy day after day with the whole family. That’s where SolidCraft comes in. SolidCraft is true to their name, they make incredibly tough pontoons from superior materials that are designed to last decades. SolidCraft lets you decide the layout of your boat however you like it. That way you wont pay for things you don’t want, and get everything you do!


SolidCraft constructs high quality boats using the best materials including the very best deck coating, Durabak. Durabak is the deck coating used on Nuclear Aircraft Carriers by the US Navy and you can rely on it’s resilience and slip-resistance for many years.

To find out more about getting a SolidCraft Pontoon give them a call at 800-347-0859

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Cool the floor of your boat with this simple hack

Is your boat floor too hot? Do you want to do something to make your boat floor colder?

If you’ve got a Jon boat or any type of boat for that matter this article is for you. If you want to make it more pleasant and comfortable to walk in your boat, then keep reading. In this short article we’ll discuss a simple, effective hack to upgrade the deck or floor of your boat.

So Hot!

Most people will take out their boats on nice days, when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Who wants to spend a day on the water getting rained on? Nobody! With the Sun burning overhead for hours throughout the day, your boat will start getting hot, really hot.

The heat of the Sun is transmitted by radiation, energy waves of heat like infra-red light. Those rays traveled 93 million miles from the Sun unimpeded all the way to your boat. If you’ve ever been skiing or mountain climbing you’ll notice that it’s cold at the top of the mountain, but you can still get a sunburn. The reason for that is because there’s less of Earth’s atmosphere filtering out the harmful UV rays, so you get burnt. There’s also less of the atmosphere above you, insulating you, to keep you warm – so you get burnt, while being cold!

At Sea level much of the UV rays are filtered out but the heat can get intense. At the Dead Sea, Israel, the lowest point on Earth, it’s regularly over 100F, but it’s impossible to get sunburn! So your boat floor is a magnet for heat, and after a few hours in the sun it will become almost too hot to walk on.

Keeping Cool

There are two things you can do to keep your boat cool, either make sure it’s a light color, or cover it. Heat is absorbed more by darker colors, so if your bass boat is getting too hot, it might be because it’s a dark color. Even bright colors like yellows and reds can get extremely hot in the Sun.  So a light green Jonboat getting hot in the Sun is unavoidable.

The only color that does not attract heat is white because white objects reflect all visible wavelengths of light. Black – the color that absorbs all visible wavelengths of light – attracts the most heat, followed by violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red, in descending order. –

So, if you want a nice cool boat floor, go white.

White? But…

So white doesn’t absorb the light rays and will reflect the heat rays, but the boat will still get hot. The Sun reflects off the water and heats up the Hull of the boat, and paint isn’t going to help that!

The trick is to not just use regular white paint. Regular white paint will only reflect some radiation, it won’t help cooling. Insulation is needed, a layer of white between the boat and bare feet. A thick layer of insulation is going to be heavy and take up valuable space. A thin layer just won’t help. We need a super-insulator, something light and thin. We need a material that will also protect the boat, and be suitable for a boat floor.

The Hack

The secret to keeping the boat floor cool is Durabak. Made from a unique polyurethane formula, Durabak is ideal for boat floors and decks. Durabak on your fishing boat floor will protect it from fish guts and inhibit overheating. Use it on your Jon boat will keep it cool and strong. On your bass boat Durabak will add essential grip will keeping the heat at bay. Polyurethane is used in refrigerators, ski jackets and mattresses. You know you can trust Durabak, used by the US Navy on the decks of their Nuclear aircraft carriers.

Durabak is available in 16+ colors, in smooth and textured versions. Durabak is formulated to be UV and salt-water resistant, it’s flexibility and strength will add years to your boat.

Get your Durabak here and feel the difference for yourself.

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How to Paint and Protect a Houseboat Roof

protect a houseboat roof

Your houseboat endures many years of UV exposure and variable weather conditions. Over time, the roof becomes brittle, dangerous and unsightly. To repair this, you need to protect your roof with some simple do-it-yourself procedures. Add years to its life when you learn how to paint and protect a houseboat roof.


There are a lot of aspects to cover when it comes to protecting a houseboat roof. This is simply the tip of the iceberg, but the key is preventative maintenance. The better you maintain and care for the roof now, the longer it will last.

John, from All About Houseboats, suggests that fiberglass roofs can begin leaking in as little as ten years without proper protection. That only leads to disaster and hefty repair bills.

It doesn’t matter if you own a Gibson Houseboats model, Adventure Craft, Catamaran Cruisers or Fantasy, the same rules apply. You can ward off heavy repairs later, with some simple maintenance and precautionary work now. Once you realize how simple it is to protect a houseboat roof, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Steps #1 – Decide on a Coating

You aren’t going to paint your fiberglass roof with just any coating. You have several options available to you. The first is a gel coat. This is easy to do but doesn’t last as long as other materials. The second option is acrylic paint. You’ll find that this process is a little more labor intensive, but it does last longer.

There’s a third option that many people don’t know about. It’s Durabak. Surely any product that’s trusted by the U.S. Navy is good enough for your Harbor Master or Sharpe Houseboat as well!

Not only is it easy to apply, UV-resistant, waterproof and have non-slip properties, but it resists saltwater. Furthermore, it won’t chip or peel and works great in any climate or weather condition. All around, it’s the ideal choice for the roof of your Houseboats.

Step #2 – Prep the Houseboat Roof

If you have a new fiberglass roof, then all you’ll have to do is sand the surface. It needs to be rough so the material will adhere to it properly. Roughing up and scoring the surface allows the applied coating to take a good hold on the underlying roof substrate.

We recommend using 40-grit sandpaper until you see a dull appearance to it. If you have an older fiberglass roof, you must clean it first. All grime and dirt need to be removed and you must disinfect against algae or mold.

You’ll also want to repair or patch any holes and cracks before you move forward with sanding.

Step #3 – Paint the Houseboat Roof

Now you are prepared for the part you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to paint. You could use a primer, but that’s not necessary with fiberglass. If you do decide it’s the path you want to take, make sure the primer is compatible with your paint and then use 300-grit sandpaper to sand it before painting.

Make sure you follow the guidelines of the primer, regarding ideal wait periods for over-coating, if you desire the best results.

If you plan to use Durabak and prefer to prime the surface, use two-part water-based epoxy instead. Then, scuff up the surface with 36-grit sandpaper before you proceed to paint.

Mix your materials according to the directions. You can apply your first layer with a roller, sprayer or brush. When you use Durabak, you only have to open the can and stir; everything is ready to go.

Wait for one to two hours until the first coat of Durabak is dry. Then, move on with the second coat. Feel free to get your paintbrush out and get into any tight corners.

Remember, to allow the roof to dry completely before using the boat. This could take a couple of days depending on your weather conditions.

Protect a Houseboat Roof with Durabak

The best way to protect a houseboat roof is with the use of Durabak. Your houseboat deserves the very best and that’s what we strive to offer. Our material is compatible with all marine roofs. All that’s left to do is give us a call at 303-690-7190 so we can discuss your project further.

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How to Paint a Boat Bottom

how to paint a boat bottom

Keeping your boat bottom painted not only prevents aquatic life from attaching itself, but also helps your vessel look its best. We’ll teach you how to paint a boat bottom to keep it looking great.

Materials Needed

  • Hose
  • Scour brush
  • Power washer
  • Dewaxing solvent
  • Clean rags
  • Chemical paint stripper or scraper
  • 80-grit and fine sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Roller brush
  • Antifouling paint

Step #1 – Priming Your Boat Bottom

Before you paint a boat bottom, you need to clean and prime it. Remove your boat from the water and rinse the bottom. Use a hose to blast away any loose dirt. If there are barnacles or algae attached, you’ll need to use a scouring brush to scrub it loose. You won’t need any soap to get the boat clean.

Just clean the bottom beneath the waterline. If you have hardened or stubborn grime, don’t be afraid to use your power washer.

To remove the wax sealant, you’ll need to utilize a dewaxing solvent. Dip your clean rag into it and gently rub away the wax coating. Then, rinse it clean with another damp cloth.

If the paint job is damaged, strip it away with a chemical paint stripper or scraper. If the paint is still relatively smooth, there’s no reason to remove the previous coating.

Then, you’re ready to sand the bottom of your boat and get it ready for the primer. Use 80-grit sandpaper until you see a dull appearance to it. Once this is done, apply your primer with a roller brush.

Once your primer is dry, use your fine grit sandpaper on the surface before you begin painting.

Step #2 – Paint a Boat Bottom

We recommend antifouling paint to avoid growth on the boat. There are three varieties you can purchase:

Stir your paint with a stick before applying. Mix until everything is even. Then, apply it to your keel with a roller. Don’t use the paint above the waterline.

Once the first layer is dry, sand your boat again with fine-grit sandpaper. Then, add a second coat. This doubles the lifespan of your work. Some brands might need three to four layers, just be sure to read the instructions. You’ll want to sand between every coat for the best results.

You can also apply a top coat that’s a different color. This helps you recognize when you need to do another paint job.

Allow your paint to dry completely before doing anything else. Remember, that drying times are going to varying greatly depending on the paint and weather conditions. Read the directions to see what the manufacturer recommends.

Don’t ever put the boat back in the water until the paint has fully cured.  This could take overnight, so plan accordingly about where you’ll store your boat. Make sure you keep it free from debris and dirt while it’s drying.

Final Thoughts on How to Paint a Boat Bottom

With these simple steps, anyone can learn how to paint a boat bottom. Just take your time and ensure that you do everything properly for the best results. In no time, you’ll be back in the water with maximum protection and a fresh coat of paint.

While we’re discussing your boat, consider replacing your carpet with Durabak.

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Should I Use Carpet in my Boat?

carpet in my boat

The weather is beautiful and you want to get the boat ready for a season of fun. In your preparations, one of the top questions we receive is, “should I use carpet in my boat?” There are several pros and cons related to carpeting a boat, so let’s take an in-depth look.

Pros of Using Carpet in my Boat

Carpeting seems to be a popular option for those on a budget. There are plenty of options available on the market in a wide variety of styles and textures. Some of the advantages of using carpet in a boat include:

  • Acoustical Properties – Carpet offers a soft step and often dampens sounds, especially when feet are stomping around on the deck. Sound dampening is essential if you are waiting for the next catch.
  • Traction – Carpeting offers traction so you don’t have to worry about slipping. This is true even if your feet are wet.
  • Soft Feel – Some people opt to use carpeting because it gives the feel of a living room while on the water.

Cons of Using Carpet in my Boat

There are some significant disadvantages to using carpeting in a boat, and they can’t be ignored.

  • Metal Rivets – some styles use metal rivets or snaps as a fastening system. When these get hot, they can burn your foot when you step on them. This isn’t safe if kids will be in the boat with you.
  • Sand, Fish and Stains – Do we really need to say more! You may want the living room feel in your boat, but think of what happens inside your vessel. That carpet will absorb EVERYTHING. We are talking sand, dirt, fish guts and more! Even the foods that you eat are going to become an issue.
  • Underdeck Rotting – It’s no secret that carpet absorbs water. Because it doesn’t really dry, you are looking at mold and rotting in the plywood below. This creates a dangerous atmosphere as the decking materials begin to weaken and lack support.

There was a time that your only option to a carpeted floor in the boat was vinyl. Thankfully, that’s no longer true as a superior solution has been found.

Avoiding Carpet in my Boat

So now you are wondering, “What do I do so I don’t have to put carpet in my boat?” We’ve got an outstanding solution that’s been tried by numerous boaters nationwide.

Use Durabak!

That’s right – America’s Navy uses it and so should you. If you need some reasons why, we’ve got them!

Durabak is:

  • Weather and heat resistant
  • UV resistant
  • Durable
  • Waterproof plus resistant to saltwater
  • Non-slip
  • Sound dampening
  • Impact protective
  • Anti-corrosive
  • Flexible
  • Rust-proof
  • Easy to clean

You also won’t have to worry about your floor rotting out and it’s easy to apply, even by a beginner.

If you are unsure what the final look would be, check out this video done by Austin at Dream Catcher’s Fishing.

Your boat deserves the best protection you can give it. Carpet is simply not the answer. It might be cheaper and fit into your budget, but the cost of repairing the boat later isn’t worth saving a few pennies now. Invest in your boat with the best protection.

When you are done that, you should consider using Durabak to paint your boat dock as well. Contact us today so we can show you how to better protect your precious investment.

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General Maintenance and Care Tips for Canoes

care tips for canoes

If you follow general maintenance tips for your canoe, it could last you a lifetime. When you invest some time now and follow these care tips for canoes, you protect your investment and ensure many years of adventure. We put together the best general maintenance and care tips for canoes from across the Internet to provide you with a handy, easy to follow guide.


Storage Care Tips for Canoes

The most important aspect of your canoe care is in how you store it. Ideally, you’ll want to store your canoe upside down while it’s supported by its gunwales. If you must store it outside, protect it from sun damage.

This doesn’t just mean throwing a tarp on top. In fact, that can create more damage as a tarp traps in the moisture and heat and leads to further problems. If you are storing a composite canoe outdoors, you’ll want to use a boat or car wax on the outer surfaces.

With a plastic canoe, you’ll opt instead for a UV protectant that shields the material from the sun’s rays.

To winterize wooden gunwales, you want to allow the canoe to dry completely and then apply a coating of gunwale oil.

Wood Trim Care Tips for Canoes

Wood is often used for the trim of canoe seating or gunwales. If they’re varnished, you need to do a light sanding and re-coat every three to four years. If they’re oiled, retreat them once a year for protection.

Wood & Canvas Care Tips for Canoes

Both canvas and wooden canoes are going to require a little extra care. If you don’t protect the canoe from sand or mud, you’ll find that the grit eventually wears away your finish. That’s why you need to keep the canoe as clean as possible.

If you end up with any scratches on your canoe, it’s imperative that you seal them immediately to protect the finish as well.

Stain Care Tips for Canoes

Every now and then, you’ll require the use of a commercial hull cleaner to get rid of those scum lines and various stains. You can also apply a protectant to hide any scratches and offer a slick, fresh look to your boat.

Benefits to Using Durabak for Your Canoe

While it isn’t advised to use any bed liner product on the canoe hull, you could use it for the inside. Consider ripping out the bad carpet inside your boat and applying the bed liner instead. This won’t just look great, but it makes your boat much easier to clean.

It’s also cheaper than purchasing new carpet and glue. Here are several reasons to choose Durabak for your canoe protection.

  • Our formula is water-resistant and UV resistant.
  • It offers impact protection.
  • Our product is anti-corrosive.
  • It will not chip or peel off.
  • America’s Navy uses Durabak, so you know it is designed for the highest levels of protection.

Other Uses for Bed Liner

As we’ve been showing you, bed liner isn’t just for trucks anymore. When you are finished your canoe care, consider trying out one of these other projects with your leftover product.

With the help of Durabak, your truck, patios, steps, ramps and boats will all be adequately protected from wear and tear. What are you waiting for?

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How to Paint Boat Docks – Complete Guide

Keeping your boat dock in optimal shape is just as important as maintaining your boat. Your boat dock is subject to the elements that cause abuse and wear. Prevent spending a fortune on future repairs by learning how to paint boat docks.

Just a few coats of the right materials on your permanent boat dock will not only protect it from the weather and elements but also give it a more appealing look. In addition, using a non-slip paint prevents slips and falls.


Paint Boat Docks Step #1 – Preparation

We can’t tell you enough how important it is when tackling any project that you take the time to prepare. When a paint job goes wrong, it is often the result of a lack of preparation.

Prior to painting, you need to ensure you have a clean working surface. Sweep off the dock and rid the entire area of any debris or dirt. If you are dealing with cement, you may need to use a pressure washer to thoroughly clean the area.

In addition, now is the right time to repair any damage you notice on the dock. You don’t want to paint boat docks that have cracks or holes in them.

Paint Boat Docks Step #2 – Primer

After the dock is cleaned, you are ready to prime the area. If you are working with a concrete surface, you can use a fluffy paint roller. If the dock is aluminum or wood, apply your primer with a smooth roller or large paintbrush instead. This enables the primer to go on smoothly.

It’s important to note that if you are painting concrete with Durabak, you don’t need primer or sealant as our product bonds to concrete easily. Concrete isn’t the only thing our formula bonds to; you’ll also find it works well with metals, woods and other coated surfaces.

Paint Boat Docks Step #3 – Paint

Once the primer has dried completely, you are ready to mix up your paint and pour it out into the roller pan. If you are using Durabak, feel free to paint, roll or spray on your formula. Make sure you cover both the top surfaces and the sides as well.

Once the first coat has dried to touch, you are ready for a second coat. Sometimes, this takes an entire day depending on the product you use and the weather conditions.

Prior to using the boat dock, you’ll want to allow the paint to cure for a few days. It’s wise to post signs or rope off the area while it is drying.

Other Things to Paint

Boat docks aren’t the only surfaces that benefit from having a fresh coating on them. We’ve given you guides on Painting a Concrete Porch, How to Paint an Aluminum Boat and How to Make a Horse Trailer Ramp Less Slippery.

We also have a textured product that works great for applying a non-slip surface on your boat dock. We’ve even written an informative article on How to Create Non-Slip Concrete Surfaces to make it easier for you.

Durabak Can Help

When you are looking for the right product to paint boat docks, it’s essential to consider what Durabak can do for you. Not only does our formula protect from slips and falls, but some other qualities make us unique, including:

  • UV resistance
  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Flexible – won’t peel or chip
  • Rust-proof
  • Vibration Dampening
  • Anti-Corrosive

Did you know that the grit in our textured formula comes from recycled tires? That means you can feel good about helping the environment as well. The U.S. Navy and Kenworth both trust our product; so should you!

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How to Paint a Fiberglass Boat Yourself

Last week we discussed how to paint your aluminium boat, but what about when you own a fiberglass boat or a Fiberglass HouseBoat ?  There are some tips & tricks you can follow to paint a fiberglass boat yourself.

Painting your boat will bring new life to the appearance as well as increase the value.  Doing it yourself can take a good chunk of time, but will save you money over hiring a professional.  Here are some things you will want to know before you get started.


This is going to be the most crucial part of your painting job.  Taking the time to prepare will save you time and money in the future. 

  1. Clean the boat thoroughly.  You should be doing this every time you’ve taken the boat out.  Make sure you use a high-pressure hose, some rags and maybe even a scrapper.  Anytime you clean the boat, it is important you rinse thoroughly.  Never leave soap lay on the boat.  In addition, if you are planning to use Durabak, you’ll need to wash down the surface with a non-chlorinated household detergent, such as Spic N Span.
  2. Remove all hardware.  To ensure a smooth and clean paint job, you’ll want to remove as much as you can.  If you are unable to remove something, be sure to cover it with painter’s tape in order to protect it.
  3. Use a solvent to remove the wax coating.  If you feel the waxy finish on your boat, it must be removed prior to painting.  Paint is unable to stick to a waxy surface.
  4. Repair the boat’s surface.  This includes cracks, nicks or any corrosion.  Fill any holes with a marine-grade epoxy, which can be found at most hardware stores
  5. Sand the boat.  Use an 80-grit sandpaper to sand the boat’s surface.  Make sure that all the old paint is removed.  If you are using Durabak, stick to roughing up the fiberglass surface with a 40-grit sandpaper instead.  On the areas with epoxy, use a 36-grit and be a little more aggressive.

Painting the Boat

Now you are ready for the exciting part!  You can start by using a primer, although it is not necessary with a fiberglass boat.  Be sure that the primer you are using is compatible with the paint you’ve chosen.  After you’ve applied one layer of primer, you can use a 300-grit sandpaper and lightly sand the boat before applying the next coat.  You will want to begin painting within 2 hours of completing the primer for best results. 

For those of you that have made the choice to use Durabak, when you go to use a primer, choose a two-part water based epoxy.  Apply it to a dry surface after the wash and rinse.  Then, do not wipe with xylene as indicated above.  Simply scuff up the epoxy with a 36-grit sandpaper before painting.  If you would rather not use a primer, you can wipe down the surface with Xylene (aka Xylol).

When you are ready to paint, be sure to mix your paint according to directions.  Then you can apply the first layer with a paint roller.  With Durabak, you will simply open the can and stir (be sure to stir occasionally throughout the painting process as well).  In addition, you’ll receive two 4” foam stipple roller sleeves with your order. 

Wait for one to two hours after the first coat of Durabak (or follow your paint’s instructions) and remove any 3M blue tape that you’ve applied.  Then proceed, with your second coat.  Feel free to use a paint brush to get in those hard to reach corners.

Final Steps

To ensure the best job possible, it will be essential that you protect the drying paint from any bugs or debris.  Ensure that your paint has completely dried according to manufacturer guidelines.  If you are using Durabak, you will want to wait 24 hours to walk on the paint and about 5 days before any heavy use or exposure to any cleaning agents. 

To keep your paint looking good for many years to come, be sure you always clean your boat completely after use.  Also, ensure that the boat is well protected during the winter months and kept safe from ice. 


No matter how you plan to tackle your boat’s paint job, you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself.  In addition, taking the time to care for your boat will give you an immense sense of pride.  Make sure you use top-notch equipment and paint to achieve the best job possible.  The trained professionals at Durabak are available to help you find the products that will work best for your needs.  Contact us today. 

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Tips for Painting a Boat Deck

In 2015, there were almost 12 million boats registered in the United States.  If you are one of these proud boat owners, you surely take great pleasure in maintaining your craft to its optimum condition.  Many people enjoy keeping up with the maintenance and care of their boat themselves instead of paying someone else to do the work.  Painting a boat deck is no different.  When the time has come to tackle any do-it-yourself boat project, finding the answers you need to get the job done right can be difficult.  That’s why I’ve put together 10 tips for painting a boat deck.

Top 10 Tips for Painting a Boat Deck

Remove all Hardware

Before you take on the painting project, the first step you want to accomplish is to remove as much hardware as possible.  You’ll also want to remove any aluminum window frames and sliding doors that are near the boat deck.  To avoid getting paint on any of the plastic parts of the boat, you could also remove them. 

This is going to give you a better paint job in many ways:

  1. You’ll achieve a smoother surface which will make for an easier task.
  2. When you paint under hardware, the finished look will appear cleaner.
  3. By re-bedding deck hardware, you can ensure that you have a seal that isn’t leaking.

Make any Repairs Necessary

If you spot any damage to the boat, now is the time to repair it.  You may not want to take on an additional project right now, but it is necessary if you care about getting the job done right.  Take your time to fix any chipped edges or rotting areas now and then your paint job will last longer.

Determine the Proper Environment for the Job

Where you paint your boat is going to have a great effect on the overall outcome.  Ideally, you want to have the boat under a shelter or shed until the job is complete.  If this isn’t going to be possible, be sure you take the time to map out the weather patterns and ensure that you’ve picked the best time to paint.  This would include watching for rain and the wind as well.

Try to paint on a sunny day when the temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees and the humidity is below 65%.  If you are using Durabak, you’ll want to the humidity to be at least 40%, but again not too high as in this case it could cure too fast.  Also be sure that you paint only when there are no insects flying around.  If you are working around other boaters, you will also need to be conscious of what they are doing around you and the dirt they might kick up. 

Determine the Proper Time for the Job

Just as picking the right weather is important, so is the time of day you choose.  If you paint in the mid or late morning, the dew should be evaporated.  You’ll want to avoid noon as the sun will be overhead and at its hottest.  Also be sure to avoid the late afternoon because the cooling temperatures and moisture in the air will have an effect on your finish and the amount of time it takes to dry.

Take the Time to Prep Properly

You’ll find that the majority of your painting job is going to be spent prepping.  While this may seem like a tedious task, taking your time and doing the job right is important if you want the best results.  Ensure that you’ve accurately taped off all areas that are not going to be painted. You’ll want to be sure that you are using the appropriate tape for the job.  Read this helpful article for guidance

Make Sure You’ve Removed ALL Dust

This may seem like an impossible task, but it is crucial.  After you’ve sanded and vacuumed in preparation, use something heavy such as a bath towel and swat the surface you are working on.  This will help to remove that lodged in dust that is attached to the boat.  It never hurts to sweep and vacuum again.  You will also want to give the surface one more wipe with a clean cloth.  When in doubt, just clean again!

Read Directions

This seems like a no-brainer, but many people don’t take this step very seriously.  All products that you choose to use, including solvents, compounds, and paints, come with directions.  The manufacturer knows the best way to use them, so it is in your best interest to follow their steps.  Yes, I agree, many of the directions are going to seem like common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the application process.  If you are using Durabak materials, all of our products will also come complete with application manuals to help you achieve the best look possible.

Mix Your Paint in Small Amounts

When you begin mixing up the paint, don’t mix more than you think you’ll use during a 4-hour period.  It is also important that you continue mixing your paint throughout the process, so it doesn’t get clumpy. 

Start with a small roller and take care of the edges first.  You could even use a brush to get in the corners if necessary.  Once this is complete, you can move up to the large roller to paint the middle of the boat.  You will probably need to do more than one coat after the first is dry.

Remove Tape Quickly

It won’t matter if you are using an acrylic latex or polyurethane, it will set hard.  Obviously, you aren’t going to want the tape underneath it when this occurs.  If you wait, it will be nearly impossible to remove later.  Yes, you could use a razor blade, but you might damage the paint job you just worked so hard on.


It is going to take a full 24 to 48 hours for your paint to completely dry to the point that you can walk on it.  You should attempt to attach a tarp over the deck to avoid any bugs or debris landing on the paint.  Even if you are storing the boat in a shed, a tarp is always a good idea to avoid dust and dirt. 

Thoughts on Maintaining the Job You’ve Done

When you’ve invested your time and money into completing the paint job on your boat deck, you want it to last for many years in the future.  That’s why it is critical to take proper care of the deck following the paint job.  Here are just a few simple tips that you’ll want to adhere to.

  • Never use a harsh detergent or cleaners that are abrasive when you are cleaning.  Invest in a dedicated boat cleaner and stick to using products deemed safe for your craft.
  • Never choose a stiff or plastic brush to clean with because it has the potential to scratch your paint. 
  • Choose a soft, natural bristle brush or mop to complete your cleaning tasks. 
  • Chlorinated cleansers should be avoided on non-skid paints as they could damage it if they remain on the paint for more than a few minutes. 
  • Be sure to clean the boat often.  Allowing dirt to accumulate will damage the paint.  Many people find that a quick cleaning after each use is a critical step to protecting the paint.  Obviously, you’ll want to add in a deep cleaning every now and then.
  • Whenever you are cleaning the boat, it is essential that you rinse thoroughly.  Keep rinsing even after you think it is completely rinsed.  You don’t want to leave any residue behind.
  • Keep the boat covered during winter months or store in a shelter.

In Need of a Good Option for Your Boat?

In addition to following my 10 tips for painting a boat deck, picking the right paint is essential to a job well done.  Durabak offers a unique alternative for your boat deck.  The Durabak Marine Liner is available in 18 colors and has many benefits that other companies don’t offer.   The liner is heat resistant, weather resistant, durable, offers a non-slip texture even when wet, is anti-corrosive and rust-proof.  Using the Durabak marine liner is going to allow the work you put into the boat now, to last for many more years in the future. 

Don’t trust your boat needs to just anyone.  Durabak has been in business since 1992 proudly serving customers just like yourself.  Any product that is used by the U.S. Navy is the choice you want for your boat.  Contact us today and our trained professionals will help you to find the products that are best for your needs.

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This One Purchase Will Keep Your Investment Valuable

Making large purchases is often frightening, and for good reason. When making the decision of whether or not to spend a sizeable amount of money on a particularly large item – be it truck, 4-wheeler, boat or anything else – a feeling of responsibility plays a role in the decision making process. This responsibility and hesitation connected with large purchases can be scary; yet at the same time extremely thrilling and exciting.

Is the hesitation justifiable?

We say, yes.

The above mentioned items are usually purchased because they’re desired, not needed. It is for this reason that after purchasing one, there is an intense pressure to maintain it so that you don’t end up wasting money. Maintenance is so critical to performance that a lack of care for an item is often the reason behind the loss of the purchase. Simply put, regular maintenance is the key to performance and longevity – this is especially true for boats that are constantly exposed to the elements.

Say you own a boat and enjoy frequent boating trips with your friends or family. Taking the cruiser out for a sail is fantastic, but owning a large item like a boat is more than just Sunday sails. After each sail, time needs to be spent checking the oil and fuel levels, performing motor and propellor maintenance, tying up sails and so on, and the importance of proper maintenance is amplified when boating in salt water. As stated previously, having the patience to maintain the boat plays a crucial role in its functioning and how it holds up over time.

Lucky for owners, the cost of upkeep can be kept to a minimum with one simple purchase.

Best way to maintain 

When caring for expensive investments (and in many cases, toys) several things can be done to ensure it maintains its value. For boats, which are in constant contact with harsh elements and surroundings, one of the most important and simplest methods of upkeep is to protect the outside with a lining.

There are several types of boat liners, all of which can be used to line the inside, outside, and under sides.. By coating the outside and abrasive areas, you will protect it from scratches and anything it can possibly come into contact with.

Liners range in specifications and prices, but it is a no-brainer for any boat owner. Why not preserve the lifetime value and look of an expensive item when you can?

The many benefits of marine-use liners

Our “do-it-yourself” liners are military spec and trusted by the US Navy. Not only can the formula be applied to protect the outside and underside of any aluminium boat against rust and other damage, but it resists salt water, fuel and chemical damage. These impact-protection and abrasion-resistant liners can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed on one day and your boat is ready to be taken out the next. And don’t forget the decks – use our polyurethane non-skid protective coatings to protect against slips and falls.

The best part? Not only are our liners pretty much “everything” resistant, but they are user friendly and can be applied by just about anyone. They ensure your boat not only holds up, but stays pristine, making you a happy owner.

Our advice to you? Apply a liner before you find yourself in a situation wishing you had done so before.