Preparing to repaint the roof

Having completed the engine rebuild I’m now free to start working on repainting the narrowboat – all of it. To keep the cost down I’ve decided to do the preparation before I go in the dry dock. The roof seemed the obvious place to start as it is the area that’s most in need of repainting and it’s a relatively small area (approx 50′ long x approx 4′ wide).

So, armed with a compressor and DA (courtesy of friend, Alun) with a variety of wire brush attachments I set about removing the loose paint and patches of rust where the bare metal has been exposed. These areas are now smooth and clean but there is some pitting. I then applied Rylard Rust Konverta to the exposed metal. It does what the name suggests … it kills rust by converting it to good metal. I bought a 500ml bottle, enough to paint the entire roof area, but as I’m only using it on exposed metal I should have enough for the entire boat. Cost £13.00 (not cheap but essential)

Next task: Primer. Because there are some pitted areas I will use Primer Filler which I have bought in readiness for a dry day. Rylard Grey Primer Filler (32010) 2.5 litres. Cost £32.00 (definitely not cheap but necessary for a good smooth finish). I’m now waiting for a dry few hours to apply the primer which, I’m told, should be sufficient to cover the entire roof (I sincerely hope so!) Then I’ll sand the primer filler. I don’t yet know if I’ll then need to apply another coat of normal primer. Hopefully not, but I’ll know when I’ve finished sanding. More news as it’s made.

It’s time to paint my Narrowboat

I’ve just replaced the rotting wood cratch framework and it needs to be painted the same colour as the cabin exterior. As I’ll be using the same paint that I would use for the cabin, it makes sense to paint the cratch and cabin at the same time. I don’t know how long it is since the cabin exterior was last painted but when I bought her, seven years ago, the paintwork was in good condition although the colour was beginning to fade. It’s now very faded and scratched in places.

I’m wondering what brand of paint shall I use? I want it to look good. Glossy. And I don’t want to have to paint her again in two or three years time. I don’t have paint spraying equipment so I’ll be applying it using brushes. On the other hand, I don’t necessarily want to use the best, most expensive paint. Oh, and I’m not planning to strip her back to bare metal (no matter what anyone tells me!)

Before I do anything, I’m going to undertake extensive research to find out what paint to use and the best way to do the job. If you have any advice, I’d be very grateful. If you’re in the same boat as me (so to speak) and you’re planning to paint you’re steel narrowboat, I’ll be reporting my progress on this blog. So, keep checking in, and feel free to contact me.