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Deck Painting

2011/09/10 - Sanding of the deck started today in preparation of the paint job it desparately needs. Fortunately the existing non-skid is relatively soft and sands off easily.

2011/09/24 - After attending a local hamfest in the morning to pick up some electrical parts, work began on deck with various sanders - electric and pneumatic. The foredeck was sanded down some more in preparation for painting. The gunwales were also sanded down the foreward third of the starboard side. The grinder was also employed to feather back the edges of the patch in the foredeck. Some fairing will still be required around the edges, but then we'll be ready for the painting to begin.

2011/10/08 - After a week of cold temperatures (40's) and rain, we were greeted by an absolutely beautiful weekend with sunshine and temperatures in the high 70's!

The most temperature-sensitive task remaining is to repaint the deck, so this took priority. The pneumatic sander was used to remove most of the old deck paint on about 75% of the deck and to smooth over the fairing compound that was laid down a couple of weeks ago.

Since the smoothed-over plugs for the deck hardware would be difficult to locate once the deck is painted, holes were drilled into the pads for the new bow cleats to prevent any future misalignments.

Next the wood on the gunwales was masked off and the foredeck was painted as a trial both of the paint and of the conditions to see if it would dry/cure in the cool temperatures overnight. This was also a coverage test to see if it would be possible to determine how many coats might be needed. According to some boat owners in Florida, they needed four coats with this paint.

2011/10/09 - No flashy photos today. Spent the whole day sanding the deck, completing all but the afte deck around the lazarette.

2011/10/10 - Another long day with the sander in hand. The pneumatic one didn't want to work properly. I wound up overhauling the air motor and was able to get some power out of it for a short time, but then it seemed to start sticking and losing power again. My guess is that there is a little water in the air and that it's causing the vanes in the motor to bind up in their slots. A search in the garage could not produce the air tool oil, so I used some silicone lubricant instead. This worked for a while, but then the motor went to being anemic once more, so I resorted to using the electric sander(s).

What remained to do today was the coach roof. To do it properly, the main hatch had to come off. Fortunately, this is easy to do. Step one is to remove the screws that hold the metal slides, allowing the hatch to lift off.
Next, there are some screws that come up through the coach roof to hold the rail supports in place forward of the companionway. These came out easily, but at least half were corroded completely through the shank and will need to be replaced.

The ends of the rail supports around the companionway are attached in such a way that they hold together the inner cabin liner and the edge of the deck. First step is to dig out the bungs to expose the screws holding in the trim pieces.

Once the screws are removed the trim piece will come right off to expose the deck/liner joint, although one of the pieces had a nail holding one end in place.

With the trim piece removed, the screws holding the rail support can be extracted. The screws do not appear to be uniform in spacing nor are there the same number on each side of the companionway. (At least this was the case on my boat.) Once removed, the rail support piece can be pulled up, but be advised that there will likely be a great deal of sealant underneath the piece of wood, making removal a bit challenging.

The wooden pieces were taken into the garage along with the hatch itself for some refinishing there. Some plastic was then used to attenuate the amount of dust that would find its way below and the remainder of the deck was sanded down in preparation for painting.

With the sanding out of the way, some serious progress was made toward getting the deck repainted. About half of the boat has received her first coat. Based on the way the paint seems to be covering, three coats should do the job (including one coat with non-skid additive). The trick will be to get most of this done before the weather gets too cold to support this activity.

Here's a nice shot showing the coach roof with a before/after look. What a difference!

2011/10/15 - A cold, wet, windy day. Swept the tree leaves and seeds off the deck, but then a gust dumped more on the deck, so it was not a good day to do any more painting. (Bah!)

2011/11/05 - With the help of a couple of crew members (Jim & Jerry) we managed to get a complete, second coat of paint onto the deck in about 3 hours. After drying for a couple of days, the deck really is starting to look nice. Because of the late date, the non-skid treatment will likely have to wait unti next spring as work now needs to focus on closing up the boat for the winter months.

2012/05/28 - The primary winches and remaining cockpit fittings were removed so that the deck could also be sanded down and prepared for painting. Hatches to the cockpit lockers were also removed and sanded down in the garage before being painted. These hatches will be used to test out the non-skid formulation for the Rustoleum deck paint. The bulkhead to the cabin was also painted so that the instrument panel can be reinstalled soon.

2012/06/03 - The final task this week was to put the first coat of paint down in the cockpit. This proved to be an exercise in deliberately painting oneself into a corner! Sounds easy until you try to reach down into the cockpit (with a head cold!) to get the last bits -- all while trying to avoid the freshly varnished cockpit coamings. I guess I'll have to review the sequencing of tasks...

2012/06/09 - I mixed up a gallon of non-skid deck paint. Some experimentation earlier in the week had me arrive at the formula of three parts white to one part "Leather Brown". This produces something that looks like a light shade of "chocolate milk". I also added two bags of Rustoleum non-skid compound and stirred it in as thoroughly as I could.

With the paint mixed up, I put a trial coat on the cockpit locker lids before retiring. We'll see how it looks (and feels!) tomorrow.


2012/06/10 - The trial coat of non-skid looked good, but the coverage was not 100%, so a second coat was added early in the day. By the end of the day the coat was dry and the panels looked (and felt) quite good. I can't wait to see how it will look with the deck completed.

2012/06/23 - Finally the boat is back at the marina where she belongs and, with the help of crew members Dick and Michael, I was able to get the boom off the deck and onto the mast where it belonged. This helped free up some space so the decks could get a good washing in preparation for the application of non-skid paint.

The next step was to mask off the deck. We started with the coach roof and got it all masked off in a little over an hour. Dick and I then each took a tray of paint and a small roller and applied the non-skid. This, too, only took a little over an hour.

While we were doing this, Michael very patiently used a razor to remove excess silicone sealant from around the portlights.

Little by little, Tomfoolery is beginning to look like a proper sailboat!

2012/06/24 - Another sunny day but with a few more clouds and a bit more humidity, but still good for painting.

The main deck was masked off from bow back to the primary winches and then the non-skid paint was applied to the foredeck area before it got too late in the day. Many thanks to crew members Jon and Kristina who stopped by today to help.

Areas painted on the coachroof yesterday were touched up where coverage was not complete. This area should be ready for general use, now.

2012/06/30 - More progress to report! The majority of the deck has been painted and all of it has been masked off wit tape. Should be able to complete the application of non-skid paint tomorrow, if everything works out. All that remains is the starboard side deck and the aft deck around the lazarette.

Many thanks to Jim for helping with the tedious chore of masking all those deck fittings on the aft deck!

2012/07/01 - Thanks to the help with masking things off yesterday, the deck painting is FINISHED! With the drying breeze and the hot sunshine, the paint was dry to the touch within an hour and all of the masking tape has been removed. The boat looks nice and a number of people in the marina have stopped by to offer compliments on the new look of the deck!