Hi my name is Robert, for the last 30 years I have made a living as a signwriter and boatpainter. Having left art college with a degree in design in 1980, before the year was out I found myself signwriting shops and garages (these were the days when vinyl was just appearing on the horizon and signwriters were in demand).
This led to teaming up with John Barker from the old apprenticeship school who together with, use to signwrite trucks for Mercedes Benz and other dealers.
These were the days before vinyl took over the market for all trucks and vans.
In the late 90’s I started signwriting narrowboats and also began boatpainting starting with Mr Peter Newmans boat,the proprietor of Langley Mill Boatyard.
Since then I can say I have done a full paint job there every year since and have painted on average approximately eight boats a year around the country including Macclesfield, Bristol, Birmingham and Stafford, but I am able to travel to any part of the country.
My prices for the quality are unbeatable especially when witnessing the quality of some expensive jobs.
Prices do vary according to preparation needed , which is the deciding factor in the final finish, areas are primed and undercoated before the standard three coats of gloss are applied.
Speaking from experience, I do consider sanded areas to be an essential safety feature, I value my reputation and happy customers so consider myself conscientious.
So what have I painted when it comes to artwork? You name it: horses, roses & castles, dragon-flys, scenic views, pet dogs and cats, eagles, red indians, Freddy Mercury, owls, sun sets, Mona Lisa’s, glamour girls, Robin Hood, fairies plus whatever you may want. Show me a picture of anything and will faithfully copy it.
I have painted murals in schools and wagon carts and children’s bedrooms but the main demand has been with narrow-boaters who tend to be the most lovely people.
I hope to be one one day.
I am a regular signwriter to the boatbuilders of Johnathan Wilson of Sheffield, Cherilton of Shadlow, Starline of Worcester , Riverside Leisure of Ollerton, Anthony M of Mexborough and Nottingham Boatbuilders amongst others.
The average time to complete a boat is 2 weeks. No more firms taking your boat away for 8 weeks! If your boat is in a bad way more days will be needed.
To keep overheads down, I will paint in your locality so there is less expense unless you rent space for your boat.
There is also the option of hiring a poly-tunnel locally in Nottingham to ensure a promptly painted boat.