November 28, 2022
After an overnight cure, I took a little time on Thanksgiving morning to unmask around the new boottop, leaving the rest of the masking in place to cover the hull. I also removed most of the plastic and other masking covering the deck areas in the stern (mainly the outboard well area) to expose it for preparation and painting.
To be sure there was no chance of overspray damaging the previously-painted areas, I added a strip of masking paper to cover the just-uncovered boottop, and masked as needed around the transom cutout to prepare for the off-white paint in the interior. The cockpit was otherwise already ready for paint, as the masking from the primer was still in place.
That was all I had time for at that moment, but it streamlined the process for the return to work after the weekend when, after final preparations, and over the course of several hours, I spray-applied three coats of gloss topcoat in oyster white, the closest stock match (at least as determined by the owner and me) to the existing gelcoat on the decks. I left the fresh paint to cure overnight in the warm shop.
Total time billed on this job today: 5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 0600 Weather Observation: 40°, overcast, dew point 39°. Forecast for the day: Showers, then cloudy, some sun, 47°