Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Hull Side Panels | Masking Off & Primer

With the painting of the bottom panels finally complete to my satisfaction it was time to tackle the sides.

I masked off the sides and the transom, like this.

I used this old wallpaper roller to burnish the blue tape, to get a really good seal against the hull.

Weapons of choice for the application of paint are a 4" nylon roller, as here.

And a 4" foam brush for tipping out, and good bristle brush for the edges. Like this.

The sides will be dark blue so require a light grey primer. I applied three coats over as many days and it turned out quite nice, as here.

I found that part of the secret to a good finish is to only roll out a small area at a time, so it can be tipped out while the paint is still fluid. It starts to dry as soon as it hits the surface, so you have to be quick.

The other trick is to only pour a small quantity of paint into the tray, for the same reason. As long as it flows freely I can keep the wet edge.

I also think that I am getting better at rolling and tipping, having now had plenty of practice ...

I am going to leave that to harden off for a couple of days before sanding it ready for paint.

Exciting times!