Canal boat painting is an art form. A walk along any tow path or marina
will show the individuality of the owners as well as the traditional designs and colour schemes that have evolved over the last 250 years.
There are no hard and fast rules on colour schemes, styles or designs it’s really up to you.
What is common to all boats is that it is not an inexpensive process. Whether you DIY or have a top professional paint your boat, it will cost a considerable amount of money. Medium range paint jobs will be done by budget builders and the paint is usually spray applied. Nothing wrong with that!
At the top end of the spectrum are the professional hand painters. Meticulous preparation, patience and highly developed coach painting skills are exhibited by the top craftsmen and expect to pay over £100 per liner foot of boat for a basic job. A second craftsman specialising in signwriting is then often employed for the finishing touches.
For a DIY job, factor £500 total. A huge saving and whether you employ a professional or DIY will be a decision only you can make.