March 3, 2023
With over 40 hours on the cure clock, now I could get started on masking off the fresh gloss paint so I could finish the nonskid areas. Following the lines I’d masked (and painted to) earlier, I applied new tape to protect the white paint and define the nonskid field areas. This went pleasantly quickly, more quickly than I’d expected. I added a quick strip of paper to protect the sides of the cabin trunk from any drips from above, since there was a pretty good camber at the edge where the tape ended, and it felt safest to hedge against gravity.
After final cleanup and paint preparation, I applied the first of two coats of light gray nonskid to all areas, beginning with the loose hatches hatches (so I didn’t forget them), then moving on to the cockpit and coachroof, and finally the sidedecks and foredeck.
Total time billed on this job today: 5.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: Clear, 27°, dew point 22°. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 37°