First, this week I worked on painting the compartments under the benches on Why Knot. The old paint was flaking off and in bad condition. The first step was to use TotalBoat TotalStrip to help strip the paint. There where only a couple layers of paint so I applied the TotalStrip in a thick coat and let sit for about 15 minutes. This worked well, and it was easy enough to remove with a paint scraper. Then, I used TotalBoat Dewaxer and surface prep to prep the surface. The Dewaxer can also be used to clean paint off tools and equipment which comes in very useful. Once the Dewaxer had evaporated, I used TotalBoat grey TotalBilge paint to coat the compartment. This is a super durable, epoxy based paint that is water proof and ideal for this application. I will put a second coat on next time it is warm enough. I also cut some new seat covers to cover the openings. They will also get coated in TotalBilge to protect them from possible moisture.
Next, I prepped and painted the bilge. There was no paint on it so for prep I vacuumed out any debris and then washed it down with TotalBoat Dewaxer and surface prep. Once evaporated, I painted the area with TotalBoat grey TotalBilge paint using a foam roller and cutting in around the keel bolts with a brush. I will also put a second coat down here next time it is warm enough.
Finally, I spent some time sanding bottom paint. My plan of attack for the paint is as fallows. For the bottom, I am sanding down to where the keel begins and putting on a couple coats of antifouling paint. While I do this I am keeping an eye out of blisters. So far so good. For the keel, I am going to strip it completely down in order to apply a barrier coat. The plan for the hull is to remove the old paint and repaint it with TotalBoat WetEdge paint. Right now it has the always classy "rustoleum paint job", so I am excited to see how it looks with new paint. Finally, I am using TotalBoat TotalStrip to strip the old, green deck paint off and repaint it with TotalBoat TotalTread non-skid paint. This will be a vast improvement over the current deck paint.
9/8/2020 11:20:23 pm
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Hello! My Name is Stuart Wemple. Welcome to my blog about the refit of my Pearson 26, Why Knot.