Tuesday’s painting session went well

Thanks to Ray Norris’s space heater and the bits of water pipe  some kind soul left in the shed  yesterday’s painting session went very smoothly  and the second coat of primer on the inside of the hull is (finally!) complete.

The space heater really warmed the place up and the paint went on very easily as a result. We put the tarpaulins over the waterpipe hoops, and I       don’t think the tarps are touching wet paint anywhere. We left a small tube heater inside to keep temps up a bit while the paint is  drying.

Total time including prep and covering up was 2 hours. Provided (Easter!) Sunday brings at least three people to the shed  it should be  no problem sanding down lightly, wiping with white spirit and  doing a coat of undercoat. Ray is going to bring  us another bottle of gas for the space heater.

This entry was posted in Building the boat. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Tuesday’s painting session went well

  1. Sue Fenton says:

    Sorry, painters – I am working at Seafari on Easter Sunday – and the next two Sundays I’ll be in Greenock learning how to coach coastal rowing. Skiver.

    I have taken another tin of undercoat up to Nick’s shed – as many coats as possible please, on both the hull and the interior. Hope to get back in the loop soon 🙂

  2. NickB says:

    Oh dear. I am pretty busy as well and am not sure how much time I will be able to devote to painting the skiff in the coming weeks.

    I had expected that a few more people would have come out of the woodwork to volunteer their services by now as painting is not a particularly specialised job. At this rate we will be lucky to have the boat in the water by mid-May.

    We really need to get two coats a week on, so we need a painting team or two painting teams that can commit to doing this – three is an ideal number, and a quick sand, wipe over, paint and recover with tarps takes about two hours on the inside and – I guess – about the same for the hull. At least now we have the space heater and a good tent with the wee heater inside the temperature isn’t such a problem.

    Anyone who can commit to either a midweek painting session or a weekend one please come up to the shed this afternoon or get in touch through this site or email. Sue is still nominally the head of the painting team, so you could liase through her.

    We also need a plan – how many coats of undercoat and how many coats of gloss? The outside of the hull has two coats of undercoat on, so if we get two on the inside of the hull that will be even. After that we need some direction.

    • Sue Fenton says:

      The more undercoat the better, Nick, in answer to your query. So at least two more on the inside, and one more on the outside. And two coats of gloss minimum.

      • Sue Fenton says:

        The big problem has been the freezing temperatures – otherwise we would have been much further on than this by now … One coat has been taking a week to dry 🙁

Leave a Reply