January 2, 2018
I spent the large part of the day at the controls of my sander, sanding not only the newly-repaired deck areas, but now also the remaining areas to remove the molded-in nonskid pattern and otherwise begin the surface preparation for the other decks areas and cabin trunk. I worked over the decks with two grits, removing the bulk of the molded nonskid pattern. Since this deck had never been painted, the smooth areas, such as the sides of the cabin trunk, required only a lighter sanding to start. There’d be several more rounds of sanding to come–including plenty off hand-sanding in tight areas–as I continued other small repairs, additional fairing, and surface prep in the days to come. I left the as-yet unsanded cockpit for another day, as I needed to allow enough time to clean up and apply another round of fairing compound.
The recored areas of the deck, which had now received two coats of fairing compound since reconstruction, were mostly looking pretty good and generally fair, with just some typical low areas from tool marks and the like. After cleaning up the decks as needed, I applied more fairing compound to these areas as needed, focusing on the obvious low spots.
Total time billed on this job today: 7.5 hours
0600 Weather Observation: -20°, clear. Forecast for the day: Sun with increasing clouds, 8°