A big bugbear for anyone trying to get a top quality high gloss finish, whether on a car, boat or almost anything else, is dust settling on the surface either during or immediately after spraying. It creates tiny imperfections in the finished surface that can be seen on very close inspection. Dust is in the air all the time, even though we don't see it unless the lighting is just right to highlight it. It is aggravated by painting in a workshop space where woodwork and sanding has been done because the dust produced will have settled on all horizontal and sloping surfaces and even on walls and other verticals. From there it goes back into the air when disturbed by any breeze or draft, including those created by the spray equipment.
Preparing for painting concentrated on making the work space as clean as possible. All tools and materials no longer needed for the final phase of the project were removed for storage elsewhere, partly to clear the work space and partly to remove all potential dust sources. Then the boat was towed out of the workshop before hosing down all surfaces of walls, ceiling, floor and steel structure with water to wash out all dust. All had to air-dry before any painting could begin because of the risk of drips from above.
See the captions of the photos for explanation of what is happening.
|This is the final sanding of the finish primer. The turquoise color is a guide coat of food colouring in alcohol. It is sanded until no turquoise remains to ensure a smooth surface with all minor imperfections filled.|
|Finish primer has been sprayed over cockpit and deck surfaces and sanded, ready for finish coats.|
|Holes for hardware and instrumentation for the console have been cut and the items dry-fitted to check for good fit before preparing for finish coats.|
|Three coats of Etheral Blue Alexseal Premium Topcoat, sprayed to a nice gloss.|
|Transom and outboard bracket, sprayed the same colour as the rest of the hull.|
|Reflections in the hull side showing the high gloss finish.|
|After abrading, acid-washing and drying, the tank is ready for painting.|
|Tank painted with a thick coating of TotalBoat epoxy barrier coat.|
|Draped, ready for deck painting.|