Hi Dazzadazza wrote:Hi David
Your boat is looking great .How many coats of high build have you done so far ?
And what grade sand paper did you use on the high build ?
Looks like its ready for top coat.
So far, 4 coats.
Well - maybe 6 coats - depending on how you look at it.
The boat was faired then sprayed with 2 coats of Microsurfacer (International) which is actually a sprayable bog so not really "paint". Sanded lightly with 80 grit then finished with 120 grit.
2 coats of highbuild (Jotun Penguard) was then applied. Sanded with 180 grit - 240 around detals areas like the stanchion bases / composite chainplates.
Then 2 coats of polyurethane undercoat (International YRA 600). Most would go another round of Highbuild instead of the Poly. This is where the boat is at the moment. It will be sanded with 320 grit then the final "money shot" will go on. The areas with non-skid miss both the Microsurfacer and Poly undercoat steps. They will go - fair / highbuild then straight to the non skid treatment.
The inside misses one step. Faired / Microsurfacer / Highbuild / Topcoat. A lot of work on the inside as I prefer the "clean" painted look - including the main saloon roof (modern minimalist? ). Amazing how much work I created to achieve a "minimalist" look. A painted finish means a lot more work but it should be a lot easier to look after in the longer run (simply wipe down). I've been on enough boats over the years to know that interior panelling (including the ubiquitous "frontrunner") just ages quickly in the tropical salt air environment. Sagging of roof panels and mould in frontrunner being the main problems. But it does mean a lot of forward planning as to where and how you run conduits for lighting cables (see earler photos on Page 7 where i was trialling the location of interior and cockpit lighting).
Fingers crossed for no more spinny windy things with only 3 more weeks to the end of the cyclone "season". Then I can start to breathe a sigh of relief knowing the shelter cover will only need to come off one more time.