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04-23-2008 11:48 AM
Renceb Thanks for the recommendations at the end! Good luck!
03-16-2008 10:15 PM
venturousviking http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2069/...282fce0e_b.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2284/...949003e4_b.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2187/...770837f5_b.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2414/...48ab7bd2_b.jpg

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.

Mike
03-13-2008 10:06 PM
artbyjody
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Originally Posted by venturousviking View Post
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.....


Mike
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)....it sure beats buying the outright when after you are done - no real use for them... just a cost savings suggestion....
03-13-2008 09:54 PM
venturousviking
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Originally Posted by mykengel View Post
I sure hate to see anyone trust their or their boats safety to concrete blocks.
They can crack and split and you could end up with a lot bigger problem than you started with.Timbers of some kind(railroad ties?) would be a lot safer.
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Originally Posted by pfatyol View Post
The concrete blocks are not the blocking to be using. Especially since they are stacked the wrong way! The holes in the blocks should be vertical and not horizontal! The strenght of the concrete block in in the direction of the holes. Please, be very careful since there are only three parallel webs supporting the weight.
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.....


Mike
03-13-2008 09:45 AM
pfatyol The concrete blocks are not the blocking to be using. Especially since they are stacked the wrong way! The holes in the blocks should be vertical and not horizontal! The strenght of the concrete block in in the direction of the holes. Please, be very careful since there are only three parallel webs supporting the weight.
03-13-2008 09:02 AM
mykengel I sure hate to see anyone trust their or their boats safety to concrete blocks.
They can crack and split and you could end up with a lot bigger problem than you started with.Timbers of some kind(railroad ties?) would be a lot safer.
03-13-2008 08:37 AM
Sailormon6
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Originally Posted by venturousviking View Post
Help me with this. What does it look like if it's not?

Mike
It looks like Interlux 2000 barrier coat. It should be fairly thick, and it's fairly tough. If you haven't sanded through it, it's probably OK. Just check the hull for blisters whenever you haul the boat.
03-12-2008 06:54 PM
venturousviking
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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
this one still has enough shine to reflect the towel. It's your call because sometimes pictures don't cut it:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2370/...0ba24929_b.jpg

My earlier comment was based on what I now see be reflected bunker boards (the black looked like previous paint).

Seriously, it's all fine. Paint it, launch it, pull it in 6-8 weeks and take a look. If you can take a snorkel here and there and scrub the bottom.


Yeah I guess I should clarify. I was not finished when I took those pictures. That was right after I lifted the boat off the bunks...I assure you that it looks like a matte finish where you see shine. But thanks for noticing. That's why I post the pictures to see if any of you more experience sailors could give me some advice......
03-12-2008 06:37 PM
sailingdog That hull looks awfully shiny for something prepped for new paint... One way to tell if the hull is really clean is to spray it with water... if the water beads up or sheets anywhere, then you've got some more cleaning to do.
03-12-2008 06:09 PM
chucklesR this one still has enough shine to reflect the towel. It's your call because sometimes pictures don't cut it:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2370/...0ba24929_b.jpg

My earlier comment was based on what I now see be reflected bunker boards (the black looked like previous paint).

Seriously, it's all fine. Paint it, launch it, pull it in 6-8 weeks and take a look. If you can take a snorkel here and there and scrub the bottom.
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