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07-07-2008 05:14 PM
sailingdog Who said I didn't do any sanding??? I just minimized the amount of sanding I had to do.
Quote:
Originally Posted by beej67 View Post
Aha!

I did the whole thing.

With one of these:



and a couple zillion of these:



Yeah, woulda been much easier to get someone else to (at least) remove the bottom paint for me, but I had some blistering / etc. It was my first haul out as owner, a few years ago.

And hell, what did you need the mask for if you didn't do any sanding?

Anyway, doing the bottom for The Admiral and I means we each take a week vacation, drive to PC, and live on the boat, while it's on jack stands, in a yard, working on the bottom, until it's done. Entirely un-worth-it.
07-07-2008 05:08 PM
beej67 Aha!

I did the whole thing.

With one of these:



and a couple zillion of these:



Yeah, woulda been much easier to get someone else to (at least) remove the bottom paint for me, but I had some blistering / etc. It was my first haul out as owner, a few years ago.

And hell, what did you need the mask for if you didn't do any sanding?

Anyway, doing the bottom for The Admiral and I means we each take a week vacation, drive to PC, and live on the boat, while it's on jack stands, in a yard, working on the bottom, until it's done. Entirely un-worth-it.
07-07-2008 04:44 PM
sailingdog When I had to remove the paint from my boat, I used :



and got the boat sodablasted. Much more efficient.

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Originally Posted by beej67 View Post
Yeah.

That would have helped.

A lot.

I had this:



and this:



Even, so, I highly recommend just using this:

07-07-2008 04:06 PM
beej67 Yeah.

That would have helped.

A lot.

I had this:



and this:



Even, so, I highly recommend just using this:

07-07-2008 03:28 PM
sailingdog When working with fiberglass/bottom paint/etc you really need a good respirator. The disposable dust masks aren't really appropriate for that use IMHO. You really should have worn something like this:



or, better yet, this:

07-07-2008 03:05 PM
beej67
Quote:
Not all gelcoat is white. You can tint it much like any other coating.
I didn't realize it was common practice to tint the gelcoat of a boat's hull below the waterline. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever heard of that in a sailboat. I'm certainly not an authority on boat building, though, so take my comments with a grain of salt. (or speck of gelcoat dust, as the case may be)

Quote:
BTW, if you're sanding the boat and wore a proper respirator mask, you wouldn't be sneezing gelcoat.
I wore some safety goggles and a disposable dust thingy over my nose/mouth, same as all the guys in the yard did, but nothing fancy. Don't think I would recommend doing your own bottom work even if I did it in full pressure diving gear, though. It's just not particularly fun.

Like I said, I'm glad I did it, so I know how it's done, and I bet I did a better job than many others would have done, but I'm not doing it again. That was a week I'd rather spend doing something else.
07-07-2008 03:02 PM
sailingdog it would be much more useful if you started your own thread instead of hijacking this one. I'd also recommend that you read the post in my signature.

When you do start a new thread, please include as much information regarding your problem as you can. You say you're in the North Shore area.... North Shore of what?
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Originally Posted by CDsailor View Post
I want to make sure I am not at one of them. This is my 1st year on the North Shore hope I am not at a lemon place.

Thx
07-07-2008 02:55 PM
CDsailor
What yard(s) do you not recommend

I want to make sure I am not at one of them. This is my 1st year on the North Shore hope I am not at a lemon place.

Thx
07-07-2008 02:42 PM
sailingdog Not all gelcoat is white. You can tint it much like any other coating.

BTW, if you're sanding the boat and wore a proper respirator mask, you wouldn't be sneezing gelcoat.
Quote:
Originally Posted by beej67 View Post
My experience is

A) gelcoat is white, not blue
B) some bare spots are no big deal, even if it's bare to the gel coat
C) brushing the gunk off your hull every couple of months with a soft bristled brush dramatically improves the working life of bottom coats, even ablative ones
D) it pays to have an extra coat of ablative thrown on while you're out of the water
E) people get freaky about their bottom jobs, but in florida where boats never come out, you can make a bottom job last two or three years if you don't mind going over with a snorkel mask and a brush while at anchor

Oh, and F) pay someone to do your hull. Don't do it yourself. I've done it, I'm glad I did it, and I sneezed gelcoat dust for two months afterwards, so I'll never do it again.
07-07-2008 02:18 PM
beej67 My experience is

A) gelcoat is white, not blue
B) some bare spots are no big deal, even if it's bare to the gel coat
C) brushing the gunk off your hull every couple of months with a soft bristled brush dramatically improves the working life of bottom coats, even ablative ones
D) it pays to have an extra coat of ablative thrown on while you're out of the water
E) people get freaky about their bottom jobs, but in florida where boats never come out, you can make a bottom job last two or three years if you don't mind going over with a snorkel mask and a brush while at anchor

Oh, and F) pay someone to do your hull. Don't do it yourself. I've done it, I'm glad I did it, and I sneezed gelcoat dust for two months afterwards, so I'll never do it again.
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