October 28, 2019
Over the weekend, I completed two additional rounds of minor fairing and shaping for the winch islands. This significantly advanced the progress so I could keep to my self-imposed schedule for primer.
First round (sanding then filler):
Second round (sanding then filler, concentrating on the edge fillets and low spots):
Now, I sanded the final round of filler, this time with finish-sanding equipment and by hand to complete the shaping of the various fillets and ending up with 120 grit, the final grit required before high-build primer. At this stage, the new islands were looking pretty good, but I’d reassess after I’d spot-primed the new assemblies and take care of any minor fairing required at that time.
First, though, with the major work on the winch islands complete, I worked on cleaning up the shop and the boat, blowing down all surfaces and rinsing the floor and staging to settle the remaining dust. Then, I masked over the final openings on deck, including the companionway and the cockpit lockers, to prepare these areas for finish primer later in the week. There’d be one final round of cleaning and prep required between now and then, but that would wait till I’d primed and sanded the winch islands.
Towards the end of the day, I masked off around the winch islands to prevent unwanted overspray and, after final preparations, applied several coats of high-build primer with a small sprayer. In between coats and afterwards, while staying out of the main shop as much as possible to avoid paint fumes, I moved forward with additional preparations for the paint sessions to come.
Total time billed on this job today: 9 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 45°, drizzle . Forecast for the day: Clouds and drizzle with a chance of rain, 51°