March 17, 2023
Mentally, I was prepared that the hull color– a special custom-ordered yellow that the owners chose–wouldn’t cover as easily as most of the other colors I’d applied over the years. Yellows tend to be difficult for whatever reason. Even so, though, after three coats the result was worse than expected. I debated whether to keep applying paint now and try for a fourth coat to wrap it up, but this can lead to runs or sags and by that point I wasn’t convinced the paint would cover enough anyway. I had enough unmixed paint to do another full round of three coats, and ultimately I decided that it would be best to leave the first three coats as is for now, let it cure, and then lightly sand and, with the yellow as a base, proceed with three final coats another time. This seemed a safer (and hopefully more effective) route than adding more paint now and still risking inadequate results, as well as using up paint that would be better used another time.
This was disappointing, of course, but the good news was that the color looked good and appeared to match what was intended,. and other than being undesirably see-through the painting had gone well enough. I looked forward to the final result, but it would have to be another day. I don’t like showing an inadequate result, but transparency is what I do (apparently on yellow color coats as well).
Total time billed on this job today: 4 hours
0600 Weather Observation: Clear, 26°, dew point 24°. Forecast for the day: Partly sunny, 42°