For those of you that don’t know me, I work for the Yacht Division of International Paint in Felling, Gateshead as a designer/artworker within the marketing team.

Typically I spend my working days clicking away on a giant iMac, artworking labels for a various number of yacht-paint products including topsides, antifoulings, primers, undercoats etc. So what are those? To be honest, I really have no idea what they are, what they do, what they look like or how they work either. Until now that is.

Last year, International Paint ran a programme called ‘Restore a boat’ in which we sourced a vessel that was looking pretty ordinary and in need of some serious restoration work! We were lucky enough to be given a boat to work on from the Scouts up at Lake Windermere, who used it for weekend sailing days. The idea of the project was that we take the boat away and give it a complete makeover from top to bottom using our own products and then hand the boat back after the transformation. This meant that we were able to help out a worthwhile cause and at the same time, showcase our own product range, demonstrating how the products are used and showing the effect and finish of the end result.

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