Sorry for the few weeks of radio silence there. With my computer running into so many issues it was hard to even look at the screen for a period of longer than 10 seconds, let alone try to edit photos and write a post using it. There finally came a time where I had to put it away in a corner and pretend it didn’t exist, using our little 7″ tablet for all my internet needs. Great for keeping up and posting on Facebook and Instagram, but terrible for writing post and next to impossible for editing photos.
The good news was, I knew a new computer was in my future, so I just had to wait it out until we found the perfect one for me and waited for it to arrive. A kind of vacation from blogging, if you will. But now I am fully online again and ready to go at it!*
What have we been up to lately?, you may be asking. The same thing we have been working on for weeks and weeks now. More priming and more painting of the cabin top of Daze Off. When we last left off on this project, you had seen us laboring over getting every millimeter of existing paint off so we could prepare it for the new layers we’ll be putting down. It was a long and exhausting period that extended a few more days than I think either of us had originally hoped or planned for…but finally it was done and we could begin priming.
Because we had to grind down each area once more even after the original paint had been removed, so the primer could be applied before the aluminum oxidized, we broke the project of painting the area we’d just prepped into two sections. The first was the cabin top which covers the forward salon and galley, as well as the front section of the pilot house. We saved the cabin top of the pilot house as well as the companionway wall for the second day. Mixing up our two part Aluma Prep, we slowly turned our boat into Big Bird once more. Initially starting with the welds and hard to reach areas, we hit those spots with a chip brush before breaking out the roller for the larger flat surfaces. Getting good coverage on it did end up using more primer than we were anticipating, but we knew that a well covered surface was much better than a thin or blotchy coverage in the name of saving a few dollars on a new canister of primer. We’re also thinking of using the best acrylic paint for the exterior because it has greater elasticity than latex.
Another reason for splitting our painting into two sections and multiple days was because we didn’t want to leave the aluminum primer exposed for too long without applying a barrier coat over the top. Once a thick coat of the Aluma Protect was on, we waited two hours before going back over the surface with our Interlux InterProtect. If you’ve seen from the other posts where we’ve painted other areas, you’ll know it’s a very light off-white color. And when we applied it…WOW. What a world of difference it made to the cabin top (and the boat by association) look brand new. On the second day when we covered the cabin top of the pilot house as well as the companionway area, it was as if Daze Off had a complete face lift. Yes, the deck still had to be done, as well as the cockpit, but those areas had never been as dirty as the cabin top, so overall she looked like a boat I actually wanted to own.
Now to the best part of our priming and barrier coating the cabin top….there’s no extra priming or top coat for 90% of it. Yes!!! Yay for my poor hands and all the sanding necessary to complete these steps! Because we’re going to be covering most of these areas in a non-skid coating (most likely Kiwi Grip), the process stops there. Just another barrier coat to be added right before the non-skid, and that’s it.
For the downside though…there were still the few areas that will still get the top coat. The front and back walls of the pilot house receiving new glass, as well as a 1-2″ border along the edges as well as around the hatches and the welded areas where the granny bars connect to the deck. Since the non-skid can be applied right over the top coat if necessary, we’re not being too precise on those lines at the moment and are covering an area about 3″ wide around each of those surfaces just to be safe.
It’s still time consuming to work around some of the tight or hard to reach areas, but I’ve fallen back into my schedule of one day sanding, one day priming or painting. Hopefully by next week the last layer of top coat will be on and we can finally get the last 5 of our new plexi windows in. In the meantime as I work, I’m finding out that I have to be very careful where I step while working on the cabin top…..
*Or so I thought. Now my new computer is giving me issues too.