Priming and painting for ships

The priming process for vessels serves, among other purposes, to suitably prepare the surface of the hull for subsequent treatment. If these steps are not followed, vessel painting will fail in part of its purpose: protecting materials in order to avoid rust and deterioration.

Experts in hull treatments

How do we carry out these cleaning and priming tasks? Firstly, we ensure that the surface is completely clean. This involves removing any elements or previous products – including paint, if it is not in good condition – and eliminating any organisms that may have attached themselves to the hull.

Even on new vessels, this cleaning is vital for removing any unwanted element. The aim of all this is to ensure a perfect finish, allowing the vessel’s paint to remain in good condition for much longer.

In short, primer serves as a base for all subsequent layers of paint, preventing sea water from damaging the surface. At Suisca Group, we offer single-component primers – which are less long lasting – and two-component primers – normally epoxy and polyurethane.

The downside of the latter type of primer is that their useful life after application is very short. However, when used correctly, the resistance they offer is much greater than that of single-component primers.


Vessel painting is a much more complex and crucial task than many people would believe. Apart from simply decorating the vessel, painting is essential for adding extra protection to the underside of the vessel. This helps to prevent any marine fouling.

A team with experience in painting vessels

Vessel paint forms a type of film, composed of various layers, which separates the surface of the vessel from its environment. As such, all the vessel’s materials – aluminium, steel or wood, for example – are protected from the wind, water, salt and other elements inherent to marine environments.

At Suisca Group, we offer the best quality certifications at both a national and international level. This allows us to ensure an above-average useful life for our vessel painting, although this will depend on the method of application employed.

The condition of the vessel’s hull – if there is any rust or scale – will also determine the duration of protection, to a large extent. To avoid this interfering with the final quality obtained, this steel must be blasted before starting the painting process.

At our company, we have adapted to all the latest technological advances and offer our customers the vessel paint best suited to every type of material.