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How to Paint a Fiberglass Boat

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Fiberglass boats come new with a colored gel coat, not actual paint. Gel coats eventually fade and can not be cleaned or waxed to look new. Painting the fiberglass is the only way to get the boat looking new again. Preparing and painting fiberglass is unlike preparing and painting metal or aluminum. Special steps should be followed to get the best paint job possible without damaging the fiberglass in the process. Learn how to paint a fiberglass boat and get your boat looking like new.

Step 1

Remove or tape over any parts or hardware that won’t be painted such as the bang irons, ventilators, name plates and registration numbers. Use a clean cloth pad to wipe the boat down with a wax removing solvent. This removes any residue left from any polishes that were ever applied to the boat’s surface.