Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Delayed & Discouraged...

When I decided to paint Annie's topside, and once I had decided on the color, I began a Q&A with a number of boat owners with considerable refit experience:

   What type of paint? 
   One part or two part? 
   What about weather conditions? 
   What type of primer should I use?
   Roll & Tip or spray?
   How many coats?
   Temperature?
   Etc. Etc. Etc...

I won't take to time and space to get into the variety of all the different answers I received, but one answer was pretty consistent... "Two Part!"

BUT... I saw a couple of videos on Jamestown's TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside paint and saw its 4.5 star review on Amazon, and because it fit into my budget, I decided to ignore the voices of experience and pulled the trigger.

The paint was great! It had good flow and leveled well. It was super glossy and covered well. For the most part, it was perfect... BUT... because it's a one part polyurethane paint, IT TAKES ABOUT TWO OR THREE WEEKS TO CURE!

It dries to touch in about two/three hours. You can apply follow-up coats within twelve hours. BUT... it takes from two to three weeks to cure, (hardened enough to sand/buff). If the weather is inclement, it can take up to four/six weeks. Of course, I received that information only after I called Jamestown and specifically asked, (they don't publish it on their website).

Why is this an issue? Many reasons... time in the boat yard, repairing runs/sags, TAPING FOR BOOT STRIPES.

Planning on splashing next week, I started early Monday morning and taped off Annie's boot stripe. When I noticed a small section of tape on the starboard side was dipping a little too low which would be reflected in the width of the soon to be painted boot stripe. When I went to reposition the paint masking tape, this happened!




ARRRRRRGGGGGGGG!

I sprayed Annie's final coat of paint last Wednesday... SIX DAYS EARLIER and the paint was still not set well enough to handle paint masking tape!

Now, I have to wait another seven plus days before I can repair this disaster and then another two weeks before I can tape the boot stripe again.

Needless to say, I will be on the hard for another month... splash February... maybe... knock on wood!

NEVER USE A ONE PART PAINT!

ALWAYS USE A TWO PART!

LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF EXPERIENCE!

Delayed & Discouraged - and it's my own fault!


5 comments:

  1. Isn't boating fun David! After all that's why we get them right?

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    1. Actually Peter, I'll always live on the water as long as I am able... I still love the lifestyle despite the oft setbacks.

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  2. I've only painted a thin red line near my toe rail. One part, but I like the color, burgundy. Only time will tell if that was a smart choice.

    Too bad about your situation. It'll all get sorted out soon enough. :-)

    Happy New Year, David.

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    1. Hey Dan,

      Yeah... it will all work out and in the large scope of things, this is small and repairable.

      Happy New Year!

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