Steadfast 21


Steadfast, 1979 Fisher 30' Ketch


Scope of Project:  Hull paint and brightwork maintenance

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November 22, 2017

Steadfast 21

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With 45 hours’ cure time on the hull, now I could proceed to mask off the fresh green paint so I could finish up the boottop.  To begin, I applied a narrow strip of solvent-resistant vinyl fine-line tape along the top edge of the boottop area; this tape would help create a crisp paint transition and avoid tape bleed-through between the colors.  Afterwards, I masked over the vinyl with regular masking tape.

I draped the entire hull in sheet plastic, securing it at the caprails and elsewhere as needed.  Along the bottom edge, where I’d be spraying later, I applied masking paper as additional protection against overspray and because the plastic alone, being non-absorbent, might allow paint to run and drip onto the boottop below.  At the bow, I made up the difference between the 3′ wide plastic sheeting and the top of the boottop with additional paper, masking everything thoroughly.

After a final solvent wash and tack-off, I spray applied four coats of Alexseal snow white gloss topcoat to the boottop area.

Total time billed on this job today:  5.5 hours

0600 Weather Observation:  Cloudy, 32°.  Forecast for the day:  clouds, advancing showers and rain, 40s