London Lockdown Clearance Sale is now on! (Click to view) 

Painting export shipping containers

When painting export shipping containers you have to either mask off the decals (letters and numbers) on the container or remove them and re-apply them after painting. Decals on shipping containers are important identifiers for use by shipping lines, so their integrity must be maintained.

In the case of the used 40ft High Cube Shipping Container illustrated on the right, our client wanted to have a ‘smart’ looking container without having to pay for a new unit. So as this container was already a light blue colour, we simply masked off the decal blocks prior to painting. This saves a lot of time and makes the whole process a lot cheaper.

When anyone wants an export container re-painting in a completely different colour to the original paint, we would remove all the decals prior to painting and then re-apply following painting.

Because of this work masking off the decals, painting export shipping containers will be priced very differently to repainting a shipping container being used for storage.

There are two levels service we offer for painting export shipping containers. The first is our basic service where we simply re-spray over the entire container. The unit has a basic rub-down to remove any loose rust and is then re-sprayed. We do not mask off the decals, door seals or locking rods. The second is out premium service whereby we will remove the decals, remove any loose rust and mask off the door seals and locking rods.

If you already have containers, it’s a good to idea to clean off any excess rust and touch up the damaged area to extend the life of the unit. Pay special attention to the roof area in particular and regularly clean off any build-up of debris, leaves etc… Failure to do this will result in moisture being retained in areas covered by the leaves thus accelerating corrosion.

Whilst our painting options only include a basic rub down to remove loose rust, it simply wouldn’t be cost-effective to subject the container to a complete sand blast prior to re-spraying. This would more than likely cost more than a new container. So, whilst it’s a bit of a compromise, it’s a good way to smarten up the look of a container and extend its life.

If you’d prefer to take a standard used container and do all the surface preparation yourself then re-paint it, we can supply the container and you can buy quality RAL paints from us. These are marine grade paints and can be applied using a brush, roller or can be sprayed on (thinner required).

More information about our shipping container painting service. offer the UK’s largest online range of shipping containers for sale with a nationwide network of storage and conversion yards and crane equipped delivery vehicles.

If you need a shipping container feel free to browse our online range of shipping containers for sale, which also includes our ranges of flat pack sheds, container canopies and more. You can also call us on freephone 0808 1234 215 any time 9am – 7pm weekdays and our team will be happy to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can use our online shipping container quote form or request a telephone callback. In both cases we aim to get back to you within 1-2 working hours (may take longer for more detailed quotes).

Share this: