Originally Posted by Jasper Windvane
I agree on the prep .. I've painted one big old boat, used Imron. But that was long time ago, in the back of the boatyard, outside, and it was brutal. The weather was the biggest enemy. Let's face it, there is a reason the awlgrip jogs are done inside, for the most part. I got to watch a roll and tip job, two years back. The boat owner prepped, cleaned, prepped, taped off, .. then he and his wife roll and tipped. Took maybe one hour for the finish job to go on. It did not look as good as an awlgrip job, but ::.. it sure did look GOOD. He got a very good finish. He spent a couple hundred bucks, maybe. His wife painted on the boat name, he did a light sanding on the bottom, little ablative, and he went sailing. Another obstacle I face, and I'm sure many other boat owners, is that I must do everything myself. I have NO helper. I therefore, think long and hard about projects. Two part paint, with the mixing, thinning, set up, the set up at the boat, ladders, rolling and tipping .. One person doing this? Very difficult. I've always wondered what it would be like to have about five helpers. Would that be great !! A refinish paint job is one of the few projects that will give back value to an old boat, according to Don Casey. Casey, in one of the books I have here somewhere, writes that when the boat buyer shows up, and you tell him "she has a brand new main sail", he does not care. All the buyer looks at is the finish, the cosmetic. Later, as the mainsail blows out off of Nantucket, he looks at the mainsail. Ha ha ha ha ha .. That's boatn!
There's nothing much in painting a boat all by yourself, really. I've doing just that ever since and so have my fellow sailors here in our sailing club. The trick is in not wanting to take the job to completion as fast as if you had help.
One day to sand, the other to fill, the next to prime, etc.
The most important thing is to have the entire operation well planed. It sucks to have 1L of expensive paint mixed and ready to apply when you realize you forgot to buy thinner, or rolls. Or to forget to check the weather and later have you work destroyed by the odd unforseen shower...
Another thing to keep in mind is to have a practical system of mixing paint in reasonable amounts, according to your own work speed: Syringes, wheighing scales, etc.. I normally mix paint up to a maximum of 500mL (which lasts me for about 1 hour of cautious rolling). When I need more, well, I just stop to take a smoke and have a look at my work from afar and mix a new bucket while I'm at it...
And, of course, the importance of proper tools can't be overlooked! For instance, it now takes me a couple of days with a proper professional line Bosch 150mm orbital sander to go through what I used to need a week with a 125mm Black and Decker "DIYer" toy sander...
As a matter of fact, I'm just finishing painting Fulô and, excuse me for the bragging, It´s looking great!