Monday, June 4, 2012

Setting the Bootstripe

Been a while since I last posted here - lots going on. I've been to Florida and back, done two boat shows, and more. A quick update - SAIL published the article on painting your boat in the April edition - you can read the article here. 
Also, if you're interested in setting your bootstripe properly, the video I did on that is also on SAIL - you can see that right here.
Unfortunately, there is no way for me to embed it here, so you'll just have to run over to SAIL and check it out. 
Just got some great news today on the video - it was #1 for views for May, despite only being online for two weeks of the month. Isn't that great?
Check it out, and stay tuned, I will be updating this site soon. In the meantime, if you want to keep up with what I'm up to, come on over to LiveBloggin' the ICW.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Disaster Strikes!

Well, ok, not disaster, but yesterday wasn't a good day. Saturday, we put on coat three of the finish coat and it came out beautiful - smooth, run free (well, a couple of very small ones), the way it was supposed to, but with some show through, which was expected. However, the overnight dew caused some loss of gloss in a few places. Since that wasn't the last coat, I wasn't worried about it.
So Sunday, we started on what was to be the final coat. Well, the paint wouldn't flow, we got orange peel, it was just not going well. The only difference was that the day was sunny - the day prior had been mild, but cloudy and that caused the paint to set up entirely differently. The end result was disastrous.
Today I called the Interlux technical people for advice, and gave them the scenario. They told me what they thought I should do differently, so tomorrow, we'll be back at it again. I'll get into the details in my next post.
All in all tho, it's coming well and the boat is looking good - just not as good as it will!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Red Enough for You?

Rolling, then tipping the Interlux Perfection, ending up with a high gloss finish that looks professional
The sun is shining at last, and the first coat of Interlux Perfection's Rochelle Red - that's the name of the colour, honest - is now brightly shining on the hull of the boat. For comparison's sake, here's a photo showing the primer coat, the new coat and you can see the boot stripe from the previous post along the bottom.
Raining cats and dogs here...
Stay tuned for more details, plus video showing the roll and tip technique - my arms and shoulders are too sore to type more this evening and it's another long day ahead tomorrow - light sand the first coat, and roll and tip on a second coat.

We're close to being done with this job's taken much longer than expected due to the wet weather we've had...not to mention the earthquake, hurricane, raining cats and dogs....ok, just kidding about the raining cats and dogs, but it wouldn't surprise me, the way this project has been going!

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A Perfect Boot Stripe!

Cutting in a new boot stripe is always a challenge. Most often, amateurs get it wrong due to a basic misunderstanding of the geometry of the boat and just where the line should be. Raising the boot stripe by one inch at the beam doesn't mean you also widen it by one inch at the stern - no, not at all. Because of the angle of the hull, the actual width at the stern may be six inches or more to get that same one inch rise above the waterline. I made this mistake years ago and wondered why my boat always looked as if it were 'squatting' in the water. It wasn't, I'd just not redone the bootstripe properly.
So how do you get it right?
Frank here at Schroeder Yacht Systems has the answer. It isn't how Don Casey tells you to do it. It's actually a better method, both easier and simpler, and a lot less high tech than using a laser projector, which requires the boat be level front to back, and perfectly upright. That's tough to accomplish on stands.
Watch closely. There will be much more information on this in an upcoming post in which I'll go into detail on what the 'projector' tool actually is, how you can make one, and how it works to give you a perfect boot stripe every time. Not only that, but I'll show you how to guarantee that your boot stripe is at the same height on both sides of the boat. And in the right place too.
It's so easy, you'll be smacking yourself in the forehead and asking, "Now why didn't I think of that?"
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tips on How to Paint Your Boat...

We've all seen poorly painted boats, with orange peel finishes, dings painted over and a generally unprofessional look to them. It doesn't have to be that way.
The key to a good finish is to begin well, and by that, I mean preparation. Unfortunately, that means lots of sanding, and it's tough work. The actual painting is easy. It really is.
Take the time to read the manufacturer's suggestions, which are available online.  Interlux's Information CD on how to paint your boat - on their website at, has all kinds of superb advice, including videos, product data sheets and more, on how to use each of their products to get a professional finish. The video, in case you can't find a copy of the CD, is available online, go to Perfection Paint
just look at the reflection there...beautiful...this video is very helpful
This is a four part video series, and the only advice in it I would take exception to is the suggestion of using a badger's hair brush - they get really nasty and bite when you yank their hair out to use for a brush! No, no, ok - seriously, a badger's hair brush is fine, but you'll find it easier to use a foam brush for tipping. You'll see the technique when I post video of my crew and I actually painting the boat.
Stay tuned.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rain Rain - redux.....

Prined and almost ready to go....
Will it EVER stop raining? The boat, as you can see, is primed and almost ready to paint, it just needs a scuff sanding now. You'll notice the primer is not straight at the bottom, there's a reason for that: the next step will be to bring in a bootstripe line, to which I'll raise the bottom paint, and to which I'll lower the new finish coat. But first of all, it has to stop raining. I keep wondering when I'll find a lineup, two by two of all God's creatures, standing at the bottom of the ladder?
Been thinking, maybe I can just go with battleship grey?
I am so tired of being on the hard...
Update - 
It's stopped raining at last, so I'm on to doing the bottom paint, but only the waterline at the bootstripe. Tomorrow, when the paint is dry and there is only a 10% chance of rain, we'll mark in and paint the new bootstripe, and then be ready the next day for the first coat of Interlux Perfection.
Soon, soon....
Further Update - 
It's raining do those weathermen keep their jobs when they're this inaccurate? Sheesh!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011