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Painting the Boat

Once the various fibreglassing jobs had been completed, the decks and cockpit area were prepared for several coats of high-build two-pack epoxy primer. This was sprayed with a borrowed compressor, with the sprayer wearing the necessary air-breathing equipment required for this kind of paint.

Spraying took place inside the previously mentioned polythene enclosure in order to reduce dust, with various heaters being deployed to maintain the temperature on the cold winter evenings.

Once everything was primed and any final filling and fairing carried out, it was time for three coats of plain white topcoat, again using two-pack paint. Once this was fully hardened, considerable time was spent masking the decks for the light grey panels, and also masking for a dark grey waterline stripe on the hull. The waterline stripe in particular took a great deal of care - apart from basic height measurements it was entirely done by 'eye', and the end result was spot-on.

We made arrangements with the paint supplier that the light grey used for the deck panels be made 'matt', by the addition of an extra ingredient during the mixing process. In reality it was still fairly glossy, and the white paint even more so. As we weren't entirely happy with the effect we chose the lightly sand (with 1200 grade wet'n'dry) the whole of the decks, then moderately polish them back with rubbing compound. This removed the excess shine and left a very 'gelcoat-like' finish.