If you are thinking about using Alkyd coatings for your marine applications, it is best to do as much research as possible. It can be a bit confusing if you do not have the correct information. The reason you would potentially use this type of coating is to decrease the time that it takes for oil paints to dry. To accomplish this, drying modifiers were included to establish larger molecules. It still does not dry as fast as other types of coatings. However by drying slower, it helps the application make the surface as even and level as possible.