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post #21 of 23 Old 03-13-2008
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Yeah I went against my better judgment when I bought the blocks but I am anxious to get my boat in the water and I could not think of anything else that would be strong enough to do the job. This winter I am going to invest in some boat jacks. Thanks for the advice on turning them the other way. I got my paint in today and I will stack them differently when I paint the bottom this Sunday.....

BTW - if you contact a local boat transporter in your area - you can get the boat jacks for a sum of maybe $125 a piece - but when you are done - and you return them - you can recoup up to 90% as a refund from the transporter (they have no time limits usually) (which is the deal I have with mine) sure beats buying the outright when after you are done - no real use for them... just a cost savings suggestion....

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Well finished my bottom paint job today. I know it's not as pretty as some of you more experienced painters but I did it and I saved about 650 dollars. It took almost 2 quarts of VC17. Now its time to put it in the water for the season. The next project will be sandblasting and repainting my trailer after the boat is off of it this summer.

Things I learned after my first bottom paint job.
1. Use a power sander next time instead of a sanding block.
2. Use 80 grit sandpaper instead of 150 grit.
3. Find somebody that rents boat jack stands.
4. For the hard to reach areas that a roller will not go use a foam sponge to "pat" the area.
5. Copper powder is very very messy.

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Thanks for the recommendations at the end! Good luck!

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