Painting and Filling

Well actually this short post just concerns itself with filling… Having sanded off the epoxy cladding, the next step was to fill it to provide a flat surface for painting. I was advised to use Nautix Blue Epoxy filler, which I obtained from MarineWare in Fareham. This is quite remarkable stuff – it’s expensive at £100 for 10litres, but it is VERY fine, a joy to apply and very economic. In fact I used less than 10 litres to process the entire boat. I owe a deal of thanks to Tommy Robinson an old friend and professional decorator for showing me how to apply the filler – the finish we achieved before sanding was quite amazing…

Tommy showed me the way to apply the filler with caulking irons

Tommy showed me the way to apply the filler with caulking irons

Now the finish is OK, over about 80% of the hull it’s perfect, but where I had the “tiger-stripe-patterning”, (see below) which seems to result from the epoxy sagging as it cured there is still some unevenness.  To be honest I got bored filling and sanding, and it will probably need more work later.

The "tiger-stripe" patterns showing thru filler...

The “tiger-stripe” patterns showing thru filler…

picture of Filler before sanding

Filler before sanding

My plan was to put primer over this surface and then wait to put the top coats until the boat was ready for the water.

 

However, as you will see in the next post I changed my mind. Partly as I was just fed-up with looking at the up-turned hull and partly as MarineWare suggested it might be a bad plan to leave a long time between priming and top coats…

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