March 24, 2023
I started Thursday by unmasking the top section of the new sheer strake. Normally, I’d have happily continued and unmasked the entire boat at this stage, but I’d had an issue during the deck paint with excess paint leaking through the toerail scuppers and onto the upper portion of the sheer strake–the white section that was part of the deck work. Those darn scuppers worked exactly as intended. Earlier, I’d tried to repair these areas, but I wasn’t happy with the results, so around then I’d made the decision to simply respray the entire area. I’d masked off the decks with this in mind, before beginning the hull, and there was a natural transition line at the top edge of the sheer, just below the toerail. With the rest of the boat also covered now, after the trim paint, the amount of additional work required to prepare was minimal.
For now, it was too soon to mask over the fresh black, but later in the day I carefully sanded the 2″ wide (or thereabouts) white strip that needed repair, removing any drips and runs and abrading the whole area to prepare for three new coats of snow white. I also used paper (taped to the paper above and below and seen in the photos above) to cover the boottop and protect it during the next painting spell. I’d have to finish up the masking in the morning before I could spray the white section.
Friday morning, with the black paint sufficiently cured now to accept masking tape, I masked off as needed, first with the blue vinyl fine line tape, then the various layers of regular tape and paper as required to cover the sheer strake below.
Afterwards, I sprayed three additional coats of snow white gloss over the area.
Total time billed on this job today: 1.25 hours (plus 5.75 unbilled)
0600 Weather Observation: Mostly clear, 30°, dew point 21°. Forecast for the day: Sunny, 46°