The local weather doodle predicted mostly cloudy and 85 degrees for yesterday, zero percent chance of precip. Well, it was mostly cloudy, about 85 degrees, and because there was no rain in the forecast, I spent the better part of 5 hours and two rolls of blue masking tape, preparing the boat for painting the slick surfaces between the rub-rail and toe-rail. Today's forecast was for clear, light winds and about 75 degrees--perfect for painting.
Well, last night about 2 a.m. the thunder boomers rolled through, the rain came down in torrents, but only lasted about 20 minutes. This morning, the sky was 100-percent overcast, temperature was 51 degrees at 9 a.m., and the forecast was for temperatures to rise to about 60--much too cold and damp for applying two-part, epoxy paint. The next, forecasted , warm, sunny day is this coming Thursday (keeping my fingers crossed).
Based upon the knowledge that I cannot be the only person on the forum that has ever experienced this type of problem, I have a question: How long can I leave that blue masking tape in place before it leaves lots of sticky residue behind? Most of it is applied to hardware--not on the fiberglass. But, there are a few short stretches of about 3 feet where it is on the glass.
Also, the paint it Petit, which was purchased at West Marine. Should I remove the masking tape while the paint is wet, or should I wait for it to dry before removing it. I asked the good-looking, young gal at West Marine, but she didn't have a clue what I was talking about.
Thanks in advance,