Saturday, September 15, 2018

Washing the hulls

Since we had given the hull additional coats of clear resin to fill the fibergass weave, we had to wash them again to remove the amine blush in preparation for the final sanding and painting. That's how we spent three hours this saturday...

Total work time to date: 681 hours

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Deck seat painting

The last six days went in successive application of 3 coats for each side of the two deck seats. Here's the beginning

We then discovered that we do have a problem with this paint. While the finish looks pleasant and durable, the paint softens if soaked in water for several hours. So we have decided that we will use this paint only for the top sides, and accepted the idea of using toxic paints (most probably one part polyurethanic enamel)  for the hulls and the appendages.

Total work time to date: 678 hours

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Deck seat washing and sanding

Five hours of work this week end. First we removed the amine blush from both sides

We then bored the 4 bolt holes using an oversize 15 mm bit to allow for coating with slightly thickened resin bringing the diameter back to 12 mm. To do that we used 12 mm bolts wrapped with adhesive tape to keep the resin separated from the steel. You could see the tips of the bolts protruding from the hole

Finally, we sanded and cleaned both sided in preparation for painting.

Total work time to date: 673 hours

Friday, August 17, 2018

Painting the false transom and the rudder blade

The last six days we painted the false transom and the rudder blade with 3 coats on the upper side and 3 coats on the lower side, and every day we had to wait 24 hours for tne next coat.

Total work time to date: 668 hours

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Swing arms done

About one our between yesterday and today to apply the second and third (final) coat on the swing arms.

Total work time to date: 665 hours

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Painting the swing arms

Two hours between yesterday and today: yesterday I gave the third and final coat on the upper side of the swing arms; today I gave the first coat on the lower side.

Total work time to date: 664 hours

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Forgot to mention...

...that since the second but last update I have missed to take into account the last coat on the upper side and all the three ones in the lower side of the akas. Moreover, today we gave the second coat to the upper side of the swing arms. So, the total working time is updated accordingly.
We have a problem with red paint. While the grey and the white ones are easy and pleasant to apply, the red paint appears of much lesser viscosity and is virtually impossible to use. I think there's a problem with the mixing machine and therefore we'll check with the vendor immediately.

Total working time to date: 662 hours