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Sailmaster 131 | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The four transverse bulkheads in the interior required stripping in order to refinish them, as in several areas the existing coating had failed, leaving no option but to remove all the old material.  I began the work with a heat gun and scraper, but quickly discovered that the old coating was very tough, probably some sort of epoxy coating or other two-part finish.  Stripping in this way was laborious and barely effective, and eventually I switched to a sander to remove the old coating, which wasn't exactly enjoyable but seemed more productive.

The inside faces of the bulkheads--those facing the original galley area--would be largely hidden behind the new cabinets, with those areas to be painted, so I only stripped the coating from the areas that would be exposed and varnish-finished.  Then I sanded through progressively finer grits as needed to prepare the surfaces for the new finish.



Meanwhile, I also stripped the solid mahogany trim around the berths, and sanded other surfaces to prepare them for primer and paint.


Finally, I stripped the finish from the exterior companionway trim, leaving final sanding for next time.


Total Time Billed on This Job Today:  7.5 hours

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