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Palatine Hull Blacking

A bitumen based coating for boat hulls that provides protection against water and weather damage.

  • Suitable for steel, wood and iron hulls
  • Direct application
  • Touch dry in 2 – 5 hours

Please allow 1-2 working days for next day delivery of 25L items. This is due to the operation times of the hazardous goods vehicles of the external couriers.



Product Description

Palatine Hull Blacking is a bitumen based coating designed to be applied directly to the hull of a boat. The coating provides protection from water and weather, preventing the hull from becoming worn and damaged from everyday use of the boat.

Palatine Hull Blacking is suitable for narrowboats, cruisers and other types of inland waterway vessels. Please note that as this is a bitumen based coating, it can only be overcoated by other bitumen based products. The bitumen based hull blacking will bleed through standard oil and water based paints.

Our friendly technical team are available to contact by phone or web chat during our opening hours, where we can answer any questions you may have. This includes topics such as surface compatibility, preparation and application. Outside of our opening hours, you are welcome to send an email, which are checked each working morning.

We also have a range of other marine coatings available, such as our Marine Satin and Gloss topcoats. These are available in a variety of colours and are suitable for use on a range of different surfaces, including wood, metal, concrete and GRP.

We also supply an Marine Anti-slip Paint, suitable for wooden, metal and concrete floors, step and ramps. The textured surface makes areas safer for foot traffic, especially in wet weather or areas near the water.

Coverage / Drying Times:

Theoretical Coverage: 7 – 10m² per litre depending on surface to be treated. It is recommended to apply 2 coats.

(Coverage rate can be affected by such variables as type and condition of substrate, type of application equipment and individual method of application.)

Surface dry: 2 – 5 hours.

Drying time will vary according to temperature and humidity e.g. the drying times quoted will be significantly longer in cold, damp conditions.

Storage: Stored in good condition and in original un-opened containers has a shelf life of 12 months

Thinning and Cleaning: Use Palatine White Spirit.

(Coverage rate can be affected by such variables as type and condition of substrate, type of application equipment and individual method of application.)


Proper surface preparation is essential for the success of any protective coating system. Before you begin ensure the area is free from any dust, oil, grease, old coatings and surface contaminants.

For maximum protection prime bare surfaces with Palatine Zinc Rich Primer or Palatine Metal Primer.
For non-ferrous metals use Palatine Fast Dry etching primer.
Rub down previously gloss painted surfaces with fine waterproof abrasive paper and rinse thoroughly.


Best results are obtained in warm (minimum 10°C), dry conditions.

It is recommended that 2 coats of Palatine Hull Blacking should be applied by:

Conventional or HVLP spray.
Roller, Brush or Dip.

Mix thoroughly for approximately 2 minutes using a drill stirrer. A wooden batten at least 25mm wide is also ideal.
Apply an even coat using a brush, short to medium pile roller on smooth surfaces and a long pile roller on textured surfaces.
For spray application by either airless or conventional spray a dilution ration of no more than 10% is recommended with Palatine White Spirit by volume.
A minimum of two coats is recommended.

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A 5L tin of Palatine Hull Blacking
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