Return Policy


If you buy a spoilable product like paint, liquid, resin, silicone, propspeed type product from us, you can be assured that it is direct from the supplier and it’s quality is new, as supplied to us.

We do not resell paint or liquid products that have been taken out of our store, opened and returned by other parties, for any reason. You hear horror stories like tins of paint opened, half used, filled with turps and returned on “no questions asked return type policies”.

We strictly adhere to the Queensland Department of Fair Trading Laws with regards to sales and returns. These terms are clearly displayed at our point of sale locations. If a product is faulty, of course we are happy to return that product to our supplier for testing, and if found to be faulty, we will either replace the product or refund, and we will do this as quickly as we can for you. You will need your original receipt as proof of purchase. Please note you are responsible for any freight charges incurred when returning a product to us for any reason. You will also be responsible for any freight charges incurred getting product back to you after a repair, even if the product is found to be faulty.

Change of mind returns:

We do not return paint, Propspeed, silicone’s, resins, epoxies, liquid type products on a change of mind, and that includes “I don’t need it any more” or “someone else did the job for me so I did not use it”. These situations are all considered change of mind. By law, we do not have to return items on a change of mind. There is also no returns accepted on special orders for tinted paints. If you request us to supply you paint tinted to a requested colour, our suppliers will not take these back, nor exchange them, so tinted paints are non returnable.


When you buy a product, you expect the assurance that it is fresh, unopened, not contaminated and that it will perform the way it is meant to. You just assume it has not been locked up in a hot car at close to 100 deg or sitting in the sun for even one day where solvents evaporate.

With spoilable products like chemicals, paints, liquids, PropSpeed, tubes of sealant, resins being stored in a hot car for just a few hours is enough to destroy the product inside the packaging. Manufacturers even pump an inert gas prior to sealing or closing a can so that it gets the shelf life. The minute you let oxygen in, the clock starts ticking.

Rest assured, when you buy products from Marine Trade Supplies it is a new unopened product, and the quality is as supplied to us from our suppliers. This is why you shop with us, and the exact reason you are not using an online clearance type website where really, you don’t know the history of what you are buying.

We therefore enforce a strict 20% restock fee to help cover some of the loss. This is printed on your invoice. We cannot claim insurance as it only covers theft.

The restock fee covers no where near
1. Total loss on the cost of the product (We often have to destroy the product)
2. The loss on rent, lighting, wages, super, insurance, freight cost to originally present the product to you.
3. The 1.5% merchant fee to take your money for the initial sale, then another 1.5% fee to give your money back on your card. Yes, the merchants charge the retailer again to refund you!
4. The cost of wages again to be there again for you to discuss laws regarding change of mind returns not to mention the stress involved for both parties.

As you can see, the 20% restocking fee covers no where near the loss experienced by us, just to help you out because you changed your mind.

Thank you for understanding this strict policy, it is not always as accepted as well as we would hope. However please do remember, it is in place to provide you with a positive experience from the outset. That can of paint you bought from us is new, not a return from someone else.

If you are caught in a situation where you end up with product you have left over, or product you didn’t use at all, please consider an online clearance site like Gumtree or ebay for instance. Someone is always out there looking for a bargain and willing to take the risk. Us, as a reputable retailer must present new products only.

Here is a copy of the Fair Trading poster displayed in store.

We are a little more relaxed on things like anodes that do not fit, swapping hinges etc where we can, within reason to assist you. We would ask you to keep packaging etc if you can. We certainly try to be as reasonable as possible whenever we can, however with paints and spoilable products our hands are tied on change of mind returns.


If you have asked us to ship a product to you, as soon as it leaves us it unfortunately ends up in the hands of a third party carrier. We cannot control what happens once it has left us. We do take all care in packaging to ensure safe travel. We cannot ship to private addresses. If you are not home when the courier arrives, you are subject to re-delivery charges which at times we have seen equal to the amount of the initial shipment.

The best way to ensure safe passage is to give us a business address that is manned during business hours where someone will be there to sign for your package. If not, you will either have to pay additional shipping costs for re-delivery or pick it up from the carriers depot.

If you request us to leave your package unsigned at the door or behind a gate for example, you void any insurance or claim back to us. If it is left unattended, we simply cannot be responsible. You are very welcome to organize your own shipper to collect from us at your expense if this suits you.

Freight on returns:

You are responsible for any freight charges incurred when returning a product to us. You are also responsible for the freight charges in getting a repaired or replaced product back to you.