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Re: #37

Postby tomodda » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:10 pm

Spent an evening doing wet-sanding, made a huge difference, the hull really looks nice (IMHO). Smooth as a baby's bottom. On the other hand, I'm rapidly reaching my limit-point of "good enough." I'm not going to be racing my boat anytime soon, so I'm just getting her to the point where I'm satisfied that I'll have good light-air performance.

How crazy did I get? The whole boat is orbital sanded down to 1000-grit. The front third of the boat (up to the centerboard, anyway) is wet sanded to 2500-grit below the waterline. I'll be polishing up the centerboard and rudder as well, at least the leading 1/3. I'm trying to get up the gumption to wet-sand above the waterline, just because it's pretty. In theory, you don't need to sand above 600-grit, but 2500 really looks nice and I can feel the difference from where I only sanded to 1000. And yes, there are papers all the way up to 7000-grit, but I'm DONE. Good enough. Spring is starting to spring here in North Carolina and I want to get out on the water!

In other news, I gave in to GreenLake's heavy hint about waxing and bought a bottle of 3M compound and 3M hard wax. I already have a buffer so I figured why not. I did a small section last night, looks VERY nice and is slick as can be. I haven't waxed a boat in years, but it's certainly far less of a pain on a 17-foot boat. Finish wet sanding hopefully today and tomorrow, compound/wax/buff on Saturday and fingers crossed for Sunday......
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Re: #37

Postby GreenLake » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:38 pm

Impressive!
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Re: #37

Postby tomodda » Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:52 pm

I'll be impressed when she is back in the water, but thank you! Yeah, I do have to admit taking pride in a see-your-face-in-it mirror finish. Doesn't photograph very well inside the barn, but I'll try to post something once I have her back out in the sun.
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Re: #37

Postby Alan » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:03 pm

This has been a really interesting thread, and the boat looks great!

Scrolling back through, I didn't find a mention of the kind of paint you used. Did I miss it?

I'm guessing you're happy with the paint, whichever kind/brand it is.
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Re: #37

Postby tomodda » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:10 pm

Kirby Marine Paint:

https://kirbypaint.com/collections/topside-marine-paint

Since I'll be drysailing (trailer), I simply used topside paint all over, below and above waterline. I called the Kirby folks and had a decent conversation with the owner, who gave me specific pointers for my project. 3 thinned down coats, no primer needed, don't try to cover everything all at once, roll and tip. So far so good.... It's not cheap, the paint or shipping, but my time and effort are worth way more, so I didn't mind paying - came out to $150ish bucks for a gallon of the green, quart of tan, quart of red, plus shipping. Anyway, I highly recommend!
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Re: #37

Postby tomodda » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:20 pm

Uffff.... I just got done wetsanding the entire rest of the boat - above the waterline plus everything below the waterline aft of the centreboard. Wetsanded to 2000 grit! I did the Center board as well. (Below WL, forward of CB, I had already done on Wednesday, to 2500 grit).

I am sooooooore. Took 6 hours, some 2 hours of power sanding any leftover rough spots above the WL, an hour of cleaning and calling my psychiatrist to find out what drove me to do this, then 3 hours of wetsanding. 1000, 1500, then 2000 grit, approximately an hour per grit. Besides the sanding, I had to wipe down the boat after each grit, to get the sanding dust/water "mud" off. Otherwise, the mud would clog the next paper. Not fun.

But it was worth it! The entire hull is baby's butt smooth, shiny, and you can't tell that it's painted - looks like gelcoat. Looking forward to compounding and waxing, and getting her back onto the trailer. And into my local lake...
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Re: #37

Postby GreenLake » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:23 pm

Save the money for the shrink. Just go sailing. That'll restore your equilibrium faster than anything :)
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Re: #37

Postby tomodda » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:27 pm

Kidding about the shrink :)

But I swore to myself that I wasn't going to obsess about a racing-level hull finish, and then I went and did it anyway. Oh well! Mostly figured that since I'd put all this effort in, may as well do it "perfect."
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Flippen' Flipped, Finally!

Postby tomodda » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:36 pm

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Right-side up
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Yay! Finally done painting/sanding/compounding/waxing and here she is! Even managed to hoist her up and flip her back over. Been so long, I'd almost forgotten what the topsides look like.

Tomorrow... Trailer!
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Re: #37

Postby GreenLake » Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:51 am

Nice! And I say, Nice!
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