How to paint above the waterline (1-component system)

Choosing the right topcoat will enhance the appearance of any surface and offer protection against the elements. 

This tutorial shows you how to apply a one-component topcoat to your boat.

Hempel's Brilliant Gloss

Follow our Step By Step instructions on how to apply 1 component system topcoats


Step 1

After cleaning, the surface you are going to paint must be abraded to the correct profile.


Step 2

After abrading, rub the surface with a cloth.


Step 3

Use the tape to isolate the surface above the waterline you are going to paint from other parts of the boat.


Step 4

Make sure to cover the antifouling area to ensure proper Protection.


Step 5

Open the topcoat paint with care.


Step 6

Make sure you add the necessary volume of Thinner to the Topcoat paint you have chosen (for detailed instruction, take a look into our Paint Manual).


Step 7

Apply the topcoat paint on your boat.


Step 8

For best results, combine the use of the roller and the brush.


Step 9

For the exact number of the layers that needs to be applied check Paint Manual.

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