Paul Scales from Island Varnish is very well known for his finest craftmanship in yacht painting, varnishing and French polishing in Palma, Mallorca.

He was raised in Antigua, the son of an English hotelier who held the first Sailing Races on Antigua! With the best recommendations from captains, who endorse first class professional work, trust, reliability, commitment, timing and good value for money.

Paul and his team will work on interior and exterior yacht projects with a life-long passion for the beauty and the aesthetics of yachts.

„Nothing is impossible“ … when Paul Scales is booked by captains or yacht owners. 35 years experience and perfection and always within budget.



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That's how I work


Love and passion for quality


Finest craftmanship


Highest quality level


Just brush


No tent


Amazing finish


What others say

Captain Steve Heart


I have worked with Paul from Island Varnish for well over 10 years, he has never disappointed with his artisan passion and understanding of our need to deliver the highest standards.

Captain Guy Hayward


During my tenure as captain onboard the 48m modern classic sloop Wisp from 2014 – 2017, one of my major maintenance concerns was keeping the large amount of exterior varnish in top condition. I had used Island Varnish before and had no hesitation to give Paul and his team the job of doing our biannual maintenance. I joined Wisp when she was newly commissioned at Royal Huisman shipyard. 3 years later Wisp`s varnish still looked in first class condition after 35,000 miles cruising due, in no small part, to the professional approach and attention to detail of Paul and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Island Varnish to anyone who needs the bright work on their yachts maintained to a high standard.

James Puckle

Master of S/Y MIKADO

I have known Paul Scales for more than 25 years, and I use Island Varnish for all my varnishing needs. Paul takes great pride in his work and has been maintaining the varnish aboard Mikado for about 13 years now. I appreciate his honesty and attitude to getting the best result at the best price, within the available timeline. I hope to be using his services for many more years to come.

Captain Robin Winn

I have known Paul for over 30 years it all started in Antigua, When Paul set up Island Varnish in Palma I was delighted as My boat had a ton of bright work ! I used Paul & Island Varnish for many years on The Schooner This Is Us and could not recommend him highly enough to anyone who wants perfection and a top Varnish job.


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My location

Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain