One of the first things people notice about a super yacht is the paint job. Whether it’s the owner, a fellow yachtsman or the admirers on the dock, people always look at the paint work in detail. And for good reason: a shiny, white finish makes the yacht look her very best.
The topcoat appearance and fairness also play a major role when it comes to a future sale and potential buyers might be put off by a yacht that simply doesn’t look up to scratch. When the stakes are this high, why is it that some yachts still leave the (refit) yard with a substandard paint job?
The exterior coating contract is often the largest part of any newbuild project to be subcontracted and as painting a yacht is a very specialised job there is much that can go wrong. During the last 20 years, CCS has noticed that imperfect paint jobs are very often caused by inadequate preparation before the contractor has even arrived at the yard. Moreover, the paint application process often falls victim to time restraints towards the end of the build, resulting in a rush job and the associated paint issues. Add to that the complexities (and sometimes deficiencies) of the actual paint products and you can understand that the paint application process is one of the hardest parts of the process for any newbuild or refit team to tackle.
Not all aspects of paint application can be fully controlled; however for an owner’s team it is vital that the necessary due diligence is performed. CCS can help with that. By drafting a comprehensive paint manual these variables and risks can be contained. A comprehensive paint manual, ideally issued before the paint contractor even sets foot in the painting shed, will put the owner’s team in a prime position to achieve a satisfactory paint application result.