Painting TopsidesBy Don Casey
Revised by BoatUS editors in April 2012
Two-part polyurethane paint begins to set almost immediately, so painting your hull with it is a sprint. Assuming no more than 3' of freeboard, painting the topsides with the roll and tip method should take no more than 45 seconds per foot of length, i.e., less than 20 minutes to paint one side of a 26' boat. Once you have tipped a roller application of paint, don't even think about going back. Correct all flaws with the second coat.