2180Hrs – Transformed!
Firstly I must say a huge thank you to those of you who’ve take the time to complete the survey I posted about yesterday. As always your interest and support has left me humbled and I’m now even more determined to bring my ideas to fruition so that I can help you follow your dreams in the way that I am doing.
The day dawned bright calm and chilly this morning so when I got to the barn I first spent an hour glueing up the second layer of plywood for the aft crossbeam web. When that was done I made a cuppa, dug out the data sheets for my epoxy primer and swotted up so I knew what to do.
Despite the data sheet stating that the mixed paint had a pot life of 8 hours I was initially wary of mixing up a full 5 litres, I was concerned I may not be able to apply it quickly enough with the roller, particularly as I was adding a cold weather additive to allow the paint to cure.
I thought I might just mix up a couple of litres by weight and see how I went but then I’d end up with wastage and an increased chance of cocking the mix up and/or spilling some of my precious paint.
In the end, I decided to just go for it, mix up the whole tin, crack on as quickly as I could and keep my fingers crossed. As it turned out that was a good decision.
Once I’d mixed all three components together well, I left it for 20 minutes to allow for induction (this is the process of giving the chemical reaction time to kick off before application) and then tipped some into my roller tray and made a start. Because I haven’t been able to find solvent resistant rollers any bigger than 4″ I was using a standard good quality 9″ microfibre jobby. This gave me a problem as the relatively thick and tacky epoxy paint started pulling fibres out of the roller. I noticed fewer and fewer being pulled as I progressed but I’m going to have to find a better solution for the second primer coat when I’ll be looking for a better finish. Other than that things went pretty well although my arm and shoulder will be paying the price later!
I took me the best part of 5 hours to paint the entire port hull and either with incredible luck or clever calculation the full 5 litres proved to be exactly, and I mean exactly, the right amount to do the job!
As expected this first coat has immediately showed up some areas that need a bit more filler and sanding but generally I’m pretty pleased. With my nose close to the job I really didn’t notice the transformation that had taken place, it was only when I stood back to take the photo that I appreciated it.
The weather is forecast to turn wet and windy again tomorrow so I don’t know when I’ll be able to do the starboard hull but I’m happier now that I know what’s what with the mix and coverage. I just need to find some better rollers, any ideas?