May 5, 2023
The day after applying the gloss paint, I removed the masking tape and settled in to wait another day for the paint to cure sufficiently.
After an additional days’ wait, and with the paint now sufficiently cured, I continued by masking over the fresh white paint, following the line, and preparing the field with a light sanding to remove the fine overspray from the centermost section. After cleanup, I prepared a batch of nonskid paint to match that which I’d used on the rest of the boat, and, over the course of the day, applied two coats: one first thing in the morning (first two photos), and the second later in the day (second pair of photos).
The second coat had cured enough after a little while that I pulled the masking tape. Now, all that remained to complete the hatch was to install the latches (on hand) and paint the underside.
Total time billed on this job today: 1 hour
0600 Weather Observation: Mostly cloudy, 45°, dew point 39°. Forecast for the day: Cloudy with eventual clearing, 59°