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Refit:  Winter 2008-2009


Winter 2008-2009 Refit | Monday, December 22, 2008

I sanded the bootop in what I initially thought would be a brief step to take care of before applying a final coat (hopefully) of snow white paint.  But I just wasn't happy with the first two coats, and as I sanded I realized what I had to do, and what I should have just done in the first place:  I decided to prepare/protect the boat and spray-apply three coats of paint. 

I was dumb to try and brush it when I had better technology available.  For some brief moment the decision had seemed to make sense, even though from the getgo I had questioned my decision.  I now knew beyond all certainty that yes, Virginia, it was worth all the prep, taping, papering, plastic, and so forth in order to use the spray gun to apply the paint--even to something as silly as a boottop.  One never stops learning, even when one already knows better and has already learned; there's always room to reinforce one's existing knowledge, even (especially?) if it's through ill-conceived and hard-headed notions.

After kicking myself around the room, I got back to it and covered the decks and part of the hull with plastic and taped it in place; the 12' plastic I had on hand wasn't wide enough to drape to the waterline amidships, so I had to augment it with additional strips of masking paper.  Then, I papered the remaining exposed strip beneath the plastic as needed, and also covered the antifouling with my habitual 12" wide paper to protect it from overspray.



With the prep complete, I waited till later in the afternoon to prepare and then spray the three coats of Alexseal snow white.  It was like coming home to an old friend, and in short order I had the three coats complete and looking good.


         

         


Total time today:   4.25 hours (including down time between coats)

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