This last two months my boat project has involved much body work and paint prep. After grinding off the old paint (see my previous post!) the hull was in pretty bad shape, you can see all the spots that needed filler putty:
After a number of rounds of putting the filler on, sanding it down, putting more on, sanding that down, etc... it was time to make it really smooth with glazing putty.
Pretty in pink?
And after sanding that down it's starting to look like a calico cat!
Then the primer went on, followed by more sanding, more primer, more sanding, paint, more sanding, and more paint. Now the boat is about the same color as the background of this web page, a beautiful blue that is dark navy in the shadows and bright in direct light.
Abbie was wondering why I painted my sawhorses...
The boat was wrapped up like a present while I painted the deck.
The deck paint was a different type than the hull and for some reason I didn't get it to go on nearly as nicely. But it is serviceable, maybe next spring I'll do a little more body work to the deck and paint on a better quality finish there to match the nice finish on the hull.
Next I'll get the boat back on the trailer, do some paint work to the underside of the hull and begin adding in the wood trim and fixing the rigging. We're not too far from getting out on the lake!