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tommays 06-12-2011 05:31 PM

Bottom paint the last BIG project
While a boat is and endless series of projects interspersed with a bit of sailing most of them are relatively small

And then theirs scraping off 20 years of bottom paint :)

On my last effort to get ready for topside paint i stopped at this point because i felt i was not going to get another week of such perfect topside painting weather and it has proven to be true

There has not been another solid week of good weather

Somehow i discovered a new tool a cheep home depot 2.5"in carbide paint scraper

The carbide blade is supposed to last 10 times longer than a standard metal blade and i would say it lasted about 50 times longer and worked about 50 times faster

I used up 7 blades at 4.95 each and it was worth every penny because i got all the paint off and prepped in two brutal days of scraping and sanding

In a final act of mercy Uncle Joe the previous owner and a great friend of mine did and and amazing barrier coat job a while back and there is NOT a single blister/bubble/hickey nothing

So i just have to build up some thing spots near the water line and give it a fresh coat or three of barrier coat and two coats of bottom paint

The hull and keel are amazing fair and i believe a good bit better than my J24 was even when it was brand new

Faster 06-12-2011 06:06 PM

Looking great, Tommays... are your neighbours giving you any grief? What's the name of the topside colour?

tommays 06-12-2011 07:19 PM

It's Alwgrip Desert Sand and Forest Green which is the same as my first J24

The boat In the driveway is legal here as we are allowed to use 25% of the front yard

I have a bunch of strange neighbors and have two who I have never seen outside in over 12 years

Somebody complains when I tent the boat but I made a deal with the town to never leave it up more than two weeks and they leave me alone

coldsteel 06-14-2011 05:08 PM

It looks really great. Will you get her back in the water soon?

deniseO30 06-14-2011 05:37 PM

Nice work! Those carbide scrapers are nice but you can't grind and burnish to get the burr that works so well with tool steel scrapers. When you gonna splash?

tommays 06-14-2011 06:22 PM

IF its stops raining i should finish this weekend or early next week

Tonight is perfect example i was able to fill some divots in the keel which will dry in wet weather and it started raining AGAIN

Now i gotta race on Wednesday night as we do have to matinee some sense of priority in life :laugher

Thursday looks good BUT right now its supposed to rain Saturday :hothead

tommays 06-19-2011 04:28 PM


It stopped raining so good progress was made

n addition to the bottom paint we put all the new standing rigging on the mast and lashed everything down for trucking to the boat yard for launch

And a bunch of general small jobs like the transom swim ladder BUT when your putting stuff back over new Awlgrip nothing is really a small job

A bit more epoxy work on the small part of the keel and the underwater stuff is done

smackdaddy 06-19-2011 04:38 PM

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Man, she is beautiful tm. You've done an amazing job on this boat.

ToppDogg 06-19-2011 09:01 PM

That looks awesome. If you like I may have a C-27 to drop over for you here to work on... ;)

HopefulRookie 06-20-2011 02:29 PM

Those are very nice colors. Looks great.

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