Clean Boater Program
Boat Hull Maintenance
Boat paints contain harmful components including metals, solvents, and dyes. Precautions must be taken to prevent paint and paint chips from ending up in the water.
- If you are at a marina, check with staff to find out where hull maintenance is allowed at the marina.
- Do not work on your hull near the water or on the mudflats at low tide.
- Never clean your boat bottom when it is in the water because toxic paint may be removed.
- Use a dust-free sander if possible. It will reduce cleanup time and is more enjoyable to use because you won’t be breathing in paint dust.
- If you are not using a dust-free sander, use tarps and filter cloth to help collect your scraps.
- Keep your work area clean.
- Let emptied paint cans and brushes dry before disposing them.
- Share your leftover paint with a friend or marina staff rather than throwing it away. Dispose of old paint at a household hazardous waste facility in your municipality, or check with your marine
- If you are at a marina, ask if your facility has a collection area for boat maintenance waste from boaters. If not, take home and dispose of as household hazardous waste.
- Use water based paints and solvents. You can find them at most stores that sell marine paints.
Content Last Updated on October 29, 2019.