Thursday, November 29, 2018

3rd Coat Brightside

This past weekend got up to the low 60’s on Sunday, so I put the 3rd coat of Brightside on. Before that I hand sanded with 320 grit and vacuumed and wiped down to get all the dust off.

Some other helpful hints and lessons I learned.
1) Never try to touch up anything once you have tipped things out. You will just make a big mess.
2) I used aluminum foil to line the paint tray! This makes it very easy to cleanup.

3) With the cooler temps (50-60s) it takes a good 4-5 hrs to dry to the touch, so be sure not to put your finger prints on your finish! I learned this on the 1st coat! Lol! Just sanded it out.

Below are pictures of the 3rd coat. I plan on touching up a couple places as soon as I can get some warmer temperatures, but for the most part I am done.

Next Steps:
Now that the temperatures are getting colder, I am going to start working on the spars, gallows pole and tiller.

Need to finish up my center board.  I have 1 more coat of epoxy I need to apply and then I will need to sand. I just got a stainless steel bolt to us to install it, but will need to get a friend to cut it for me.

As temperatures permit, I will work on the boot stripe. I also need to do the inside painting.

I have plenty of tasks to do to keep me busy over the winter.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sanding and 2nd Coat of Brightside

Not a lot accomplished these past two weeks. Working a lot including weekends and went out of town last weekend. I did have a chance to sand the 1st coat of brightside and put the 2nd coat on.
I have set 60 degrees as my minimum outside temperature. With this, I can keep the inside of my garage warm enough. I also am allowing the paint to dry for many days, so I won't have any issues.

Below is where I scuff sanded the 1st coat with 320. I did this by hand just with the sand paper and no block. I found with using a block, I would remove too much paint.

Here are a couple pictures of the 2nd coat.

I plan on putting on a 3rd coat. Overall, I think the paint looks fine at a distance. Up close, I can see a lot of imperfections. From what I can see, most of it is where I had to patch the fiberglass. I did spend a lot of time sanding.  I would say it is a 5 ft. paint job. Looks good at 5 ft.!!  Maybe another coat of two will help to cover some things. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Primer and Brightside

With limited time between work and going out of town again,  I have been able to make some progress on painting the hull. I have also had to work around the weather. It has mainly been too rainy which has meant high humidity. Not a good environment to paint.

Primer 1st
I put 2 coats of primer on and sanded after each coat per the manual. I used Interlux PreKote, which I have read some negative comments about, but I had good luck on the interior using it. Interlux also recommends using it and applying 1-2 coats before Brightside. After each coat, I sanded using 220.

While sanding, I noticed a place on the bow, so I used some fairing compound to fill the area. This was applied between the 2 coats of primer. The area was where the dynel clothe was. It was very difficult to get that smooth.

After this cured, I sanded down and coated again with the Interlux PreKote Primer 

I used 1 quart of the gray Primer. 

To help monitor humidity and temperature I bought a monitor at the big box store. Minimum temp for both the Interlux Primer and Brightside is 50 degrees. Humidity should be below 85%.

1st Coat Brightside
I painted one of the primer coats earlier in the week on Wednesday. I had it sanded and ready for the 2nd coat yesterday morning. This morning I sanded the whole boat after the 2nd coat of primer had cured and wiped down and made it ready for the 1st coat of Brightside. I waited a little while to let it warm up before starting. I used the roll and tip method and think it turned out pretty good. I need to read up on what to do between coats as far as sanding and plan on applying at least another 2 coats.

Couple pictures of the Brightside 1st coat finish below.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Finally Some Hull Paint!

Lots of Prep Work! 
When I installed the dynel clothe, I mentioned that I didn't know if I would be able to fair it in properly. I tried multiple coats of epoxy and sanding, but it still didn't look good to me. I finally decided to apply another layer of fiberglass over the clothe.  This seemed to do the trick. 

Below is a picture of the fiberglass over the dynel clothe and that seem to do the trick. The fairing compound is applied in a couple places that I noticed were low by rubbing my hand over the hull.

Another picture where I added more fairing compound to fill a couple of non-smooth areas. 

To get the boat level, I had to create another bench to be able to support the height. Since I have the boat on furniture dollies and tires, the height to get it level was pretty high. I had to use a farm jack that I purchased from Harbor Freight. This allowed me to get the height.

The below picture shows the bench with some wooden blocks to level it out.

I used the procedure in the manual to draw the lines out. I purchased a laser level from Home Depot for about $79.00. I have been wanting one and to rent one for a day was close to the cost. I attached it to a camera tri-pod I had and it seemed to work pretty good.  I used a pencil to mark the lines from the laser and then used a straight ruler to draw everything out.  I then used some 3M 2080# tape to mark everything out. 

So finally some Paint! 
I decided to use Interlux 33 per the manual and I rolled on a couple of coats over 2 days.
The stuff is pretty thick and I tried to do the roll and tip method, but the tip part seemed to just cause more marks. I didn't thin the paint any and in hindsight, I probably should have. I think it turned out pretty good. I can see some roller marks, but that is probably just me trying to review too closely. I used a small roller, but on the second coat, the roller pretty much tore apart. I looked at the package after it happened and the package said for latex paint. Not sure if it is for Interlux 33 type paint. Before I apply any more using the roller, I am going to purchase some smaller rollers that will support this type of paint.

Below are a few pictures of 2 coats.

Since the paint roller decided to break apart while applying the paint, it left a couple of areas/marks. I plan on doing a light sanding and probably applying another coat. 

As for the 3M 2080 tape, it worked great. The line is sharpe!!!!

Next up will be to apply the side panel paint. I have chosen dark blue, just like PocketShip #1.  So the plan is 2 coats of primer, sanded and then 2 ?? coats of Interlux Brightside.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Still working on the hull!

Sorry for delays in posting. I went on vacation again to Beaufort NC (had fun!), so time away from building! Work has also been taking a lot of my time, but pays the bills, so I can't complain too much. If only I could work on the boat everyday!

Dynel Clothe
I did get all the fiberglass patches on and put dynel clothe on the keel and bow area. Not sure this was a good idea. The dynel clothe will definitely protect the hull, but I am going to have a time fairing it in. The dynel is also a different texture and will feel like canvas to the touch. The stuff was also next to impossible to cut with scissors. I wound up using a straight edge and using a utility knife. That worked fine. I also think it is going to be noticeable through the paint, but once in the water, no one will see.

Dynel Cutout and ready for epoxy. 

Dynel wetted out with epoxy.

Below is a picture of some fairing compound I applied to fill in the bumps along the joint. I will be sanding that down to make is smooth. This was the only area I noticed, but I will do another once over.

Last weekend I spent 4 hours sanding the hull and it is about 95% done.  One more session and it will be ready to paint. For the dynel area, I am thinking of either putting more coats of epoxy or fiberglass over the bow area to help fair it out. I decided to put another layer of fiberglass over it yesterday. Below are the pictures of this. I will put the normal 3 coats on and see how that comes out.

Layer of fiberglass over the dynel . 

Yesterday I also applied a fillet along the whole under edge of the rub rail. I noticed some spaces between the hull and rub rail. I don't water getting up in there. Not sure why this occurred, since I had plenty of epoxy squeeze out. I still need to sand the rub rails for finishing.

Small fillet between hull and rub rails. I used a pastry bag to apply. 

The rest of the hull needs another once over for sanding. I am going out today to look at a laser level and just ordered some tape to tape off for paining. I also got some more paint supplies, so slowly getting there.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Fiberglass woes!

I had some problems with fiberglassing the hull. Nothing that I couldn’t fix, but just taking longer.

To start, the roll of fiberglass I have has what I call a run in the roll. I have been able to work with it up until now, but it caused me some pain with a bubble along the entire port side of the hull. I ended up sanding it down and putting a patch on the entire length of the boat.

I also had a lot wrinkles all over. I took my time as I have done previously, but again I had bubbles that needed to be sanded down and patched. I thing I wound up with about 10 places, so I had to do a lot of rework. One good thing, I will have plenty of coats of epoxy on the hull.

It has been very warm in the garage. About 80 degrees during most of my working sessions. I wonder if that had anything to do with it, but at this point it is water under the boat! ha ha!

If you look closely you can see my pencil marks where I needed to patch and the fiberglass patches

I also have been putting extra fiberglass on the bow. I already have 3 and may do more before laying down a layer of dynel clothe I purchased. I need to see how thick it is. It is still in the packing.

Now I get to re-sand the hull. Shouldn’t take that long, since it is pretty smooth.
I also have some places I will need to use some fairing compound on. The finger joint in the above picture has some dips that I can see.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Progress on Fiberglassing the Hull

I have been working a lot lately including some weekends, so I decided to take a comp day this past Friday to have a 3 day weekend. With this time I was able to finish up the sanding and make a big dent in the hull fiberglassing.  I went back over the entire hull with 120 grit and wiped doing everything. Prior to that this past week, I refilled some of the spots that didn't cure properly and refilled some holes.

Friday I started with one side of the bottom. This takes a full 50' wide piece of fiberglass. The first side I poured epoxy on and spread it with a plastic spreader. I then switched to the roller method, which I thinks works better. I used the roller method on the remaining portions.

Below are a couple of shots before I wetted things out.  This first side took me about 1.5 to 2 hours to mix up a lot of epoxy and spread out.

Saturday I did the other side. Below is the other side of the bottom with the fiberglass laid out before wetting out. I also did coat # 2 on the previous side.

It has been in the lower 90's, so I can take only so much working in the garage in 80 degree temperatures. I got up early this morning and laid out the fiberglass on both the upper side panels. I used blue tape in a couple of areas to hold the fiberglass in place until I could get it wetted out.

Below are both sides before wetting things out.

Here is a picture of the entire boat wetted out, minus the transom. I plan on doing that hopefully this week, maybe as early as tomorrow night after work.