Black­ing paint for your boat

We’ve got five money-sav­ing black­ing kits to give away

Canal Boat - - Competition -

Want to save some money on main­te­nance? This month you can thanks to SML Paints and Coat­ings who have come up with a top prize in our com­pe­ti­tion. Boat­yards are very com­pet­i­tive when it comes to black­ing, and, when you cal­cu­late what you pay for the paint, equip­ment and your time, get­ting them to do the job is of­ten a no-brainer. How­ever, some peo­ple pre­fer to get up close and per­sonal with their pride and joy, so what you need then is the paint.

Bal­las­tic Black from SML has less sol­vent than other bitumen brands so when ap­plied at the same spread­ing rate it will pro­vide su­pe­rior cor­ro­sion pro­tec­tion – plus, it can be ap­plied over vir­tu­ally all ex­ist­ing coat­ings. So how much will you need? When ap­pli­ca­tion is by brush and roller the av­er­age cov­er­age is 6m2 to 8m2 per litre which means a typ­i­cal 48ft nar­row­boat would re­quire 7.5 litres per coat.

If you are think­ing of do­ing it your­self, SML Paints and Coat­ings is of­fer­ing five lucky read­ers enough Bal­las­tic Black to pro­tect their boat (up to 65ft) and will also throw in some thin­ners, brushes, rollers and the all-im­por­tant per­sonal pro­tec­tion pack with over­alls, gog­gles and gloves.

For more in­for­ma­tion on black­ing, call 01285 862132, or go to Top­coats at sml­marine­

For a chance to win one of th­ese fan­tas­tic prizes, sim­ply an­swer the ques­tion below cor­rectly and send your en­tries marked Black­ing Com­pe­ti­tion to Canal Boat mag­a­zine, Archant, Evo­lu­tion House, 2- 6 Easthamp­stead Road, Wok­ing­ham, Berk­shire, RG40 2EG.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can send an email to editor@ canalboat. or en­ter on­line at The first five cor­rect en­tries se­lected af­ter the clos­ing date of 3 March will win prize as de­tailed above.

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