Shipping Container looking a bit tired? Touching up paintwork, or repainting the whole container, can improve the look of an older container substantially and extend its life. Our top quality marine grade paint can be delivered within a few days to a UK mainland address to help you keep your container looking its best.
Even the newest containers are not, technically, new. They will have been made in China and shipped to the UK laden with cargo. As such even these can frequently have small knocks and scrapes in the paintwork when they arrive on-site.
Our refurbished range of containers will have been freshly painted, but even these may have picked up a paint scrape during the loading and unloading from the delivery vehicle. Used containers are delivered in their original colour or shipping line liveries, and will almost certainly have surface rust, non-structural dinks and dents, and previous repairs. A fresh coat of paint can dramatically improve the appearance of these containers and help protect them from the elements. For older containers we would always recommend a dark colour such as blue, green or black, as these show dents etc. less well than light colours and whites.
Maintaining the paintwork will keep your container looking as good as it possibly can do, and help protect from corrosion.
Whilst keeping the paintwork up to scratch will help protect your container, it is worth noting that, as containers are made from COR-TEN steel, the rust that forms on the surface is non-porous and itself helps protect the steel underneath. It will not damage the longevity of your container if you paint over surface rust, but if the rust surface is damaged and pitted you are best ensuring this is smoothed over or sanded down.
We would suggest buying a pot of shipping container paint when you order a container, having this on hand makes it easy to deal with scrapes and scratches as they occur. Itr also ensures that the paint on your container will not have faded a lot in the sun before applying your touch up paint.
How to apply our Shipping Container Touch up paint.
Our shipping container touch up paint is marine grade and as such provides excellent protection against water and abrasion, is flexible, and dries to a hard wearing semi-gloss finish.
Primer is not required for this type of paint, but you will need to ensure that the surface to be painted is clean, dry, and free from old flaking paint or significant rust. (Surface rust is fine as mentioned above, but make sure the rust surface is smooth for best finish, this is likely more of a consideration on a new container)
We have the same range of RAL colours available for touch up paint as we offer for our repainted or refurbished containers, if you can’t find the colour you are looking for please give us a call – we’ll be happy to help (it can help to have a picture or two of your container handy, we can also often look up a container number and check the colour of this with the factory if needed).
Please note that a colour match to existing paint cannot be guaranteed, there are small variations in precise shades between batches. Paint may also not match if the existing colour has faded which will happen on all shipping containers (but to differing degrees)
A used shipping container (typically 10-15 years old) will certainly have significant fading on the paintwork.
A complete external repaint for a 20ft container will require approx 20 litres of paint per coat, for a 40ft container allow 35 litres per coat. These estimates can be reduced by 25% if applying using a spray rather than a brush. You will need to add thinners to the paint if spraying. If repainting in the original colour then one coat is sufficient to give a good coverage, when applying a light colour over a dark one allow for an additional coat.
The 20 litre paint, in any available colour, is £235 +VAT delivered.
For smaller requirements we also offer a 5 litre tub of marine grade paint for shipping containers – please check the links below for more info on this option.