Wednesday 12 January 2022

Hull Bottom Panels | Final Coat of Gloss?

When the test panels on the hull were dry I compared the finishes. Foam and bristle brushes both produced good results but the foam achieved a thinner coat, so that was the way ahead.

The bottom panels were then carefully sanded with P220 and then P280 grit to obtain a good, smooth surface. This is what they looked like.

I washed the panels and allowed them to dry before applying what I hoped would be the seventh and final coat of gloss.

I added 10% paint conditioner to the gloss to minimise brush marks, based on previous experiments. Here is the result.

It did not look too bad at all! There are some minute marks and dust particles which I will polish out later, but on the whole I think that it turned out OK.

So I summoned up the courage to peel off the masking tape. I was a bit worried that it would tear the paint and leave a jagged edge, but it came off beautifully.

Like this.

Leaving a perfectly clean and sharp edge. It's great stuff, this 3M tape!

This is what the bottom of the hull looks like now.

We're definitely getting there!

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