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Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

When I was just starting out in the work force, I used to be in awe of the guys with creaky bodies. I used to wonder what amazing and interesting things they must have done to deserve such "war wounds". Now that I have a creaky shoulder, I can tell you I did nothing interesting or amazing to deserve it.

However, it does a really good job of limiting how much heavy work I can do at one time. After about an hour of hefting my DeWalt orbital sander to head height, pressing it against the hull, and moving it, I am ready to call it a day and find a hot bath to soak my sore shoulder in.

So you you understand that my progress here has taken three days. Between the shoulder, work, and dodging raindrops, I have gotten a 1/4 of my 23 down to the gelcoat for probably the first time in decades.

Once I get her totally down (I hope to reach the bow on the SB side by this weekend) I can repair the holes from engine mount, the badly placed bilgepump thruhull, and re-do the existing repairs on the stern to my standard. Then I can get the Epoxy primer to smooth out and seal up the gelcoat as I get ready to paint.

Enjoy my progress so far

Before:





After all the sanding:







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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

Dude, you need a small scaffold to work from. Something simple and sturdy, like a few cinder blocks and a couple of thick planks joined by 2x4s on the underside. Lifting a sander this high and pressing on it is too much.
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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

I feel your pain. I've been sanding down the bottom this past week to prep for a barrier coat, it sucks getting old.
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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

When I was doing a blister peel a dude suggested a line to the other side of the boat with a counterweight. Idea was something akin to an elevator shaft counterweight. Never tried it, but remember the idea.
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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

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When I was doing a blister peel a dude suggested a line to the other side of the boat with a counterweight. Idea was something akin to an elevator shaft counterweight. Never tried it, but remember the idea.
Sounds much better than 48 helium balloons tied to the sander. Oh yes, now they have sand blasters (soda, corn husks, dry ice, etc. blasters) as well.
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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

Yeah, been there done that... You'd think I have arms like pop-eye... NOPE, I just couldn't lift my arms for days. SODA BLASTING, or better, pay someone else to do it (yeah I know money is the problem - me too).


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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

She looks good Schnool. I hope mine looks half as nice when I done. I will be doing mine a dark green, more tradition for a boat like mine
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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

Neah, mine is definitely a 10ft+ paintjob... but it's held up well so far this season. I went cheap... used 1 part.

Your boat has classy lines... I look forward to the final result... Please post when you get done!
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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

ran out of Disks, so this was as far as I got this morning. Have to work this afternoon, so that is it until Saturday Morning. I should only need another 15pack as I did most of the SB side and the stern on the last pack of 15.





You can see the pile of dust I shook out of my sander's collector. After I get the aluminum rubrail off, I can sand above the cove
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Re: Busy busy busy, sanding sanding sanding

That is a good looking boat!!!! And, i'm impressed! Lot of work there!

Questions:

Was the boat painted or are you takng off the top of the gel coat?

Are you using only one grit of sandpaper? Or as you go are you like the car guys who start heavy and then lighten up as the get down to the final surface finish?

Are you wet sanding? or is this all dry sanding?

Obviously i know next to nothing about doing this type of work, but as I prepare to search for another boat this might be handy to learn.
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