Boatbuilding Blog

September 28, 2009

Reflections in Hull Paint

Filed under: Building - Painting — tomlarkin @ 8:15 am

Well, it took 5 coats, but I’m calling the hull paint done.  Parts of it are very shiny :-)  Some of it doesn’t look quite as nice but I’ve decided I can live with it.

Reflection in the hull


I added flattening agent to the third coat, which made the paint look very thin so I added very little thinner. The paint didn’t smooth out after tipping, leaving tiny ridges along the whole hull surface. I had to sand it down with 220 grit – 400 wouldn’t dent it. This stuff cures hard!  It took 2 more coats to make it look good again.

Bad finish on hull


Sanding the 4th coat with 400 grit:






Self-Portrait in Two-Part Polyurethane:




  1. Wow!

    You are making some great progress.
    MORE PHOTOS please!
    I really want to see this boat come together.

    Comment by Bill — October 1, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    • Thanks Bill. My wife agrees with you – she really wants this thing done too! I’ve been working long hours and occasional weekends in my other job (the one that pays the bills) which eats into my real job. I’m finally to the point where I can start adding hardware – rubrails and handrails and the cabin top hatch. I can’t wait.

      Comment by tomlarkin — October 2, 2009 @ 10:25 am

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