Finishing the Sole

DSC00005While I still had good access by reaching over plank #2, I decided to finish the cockpit sole.  I wrapped the paint up the side walls of the sole 2″ all the way around the boat for a bathtub look.  I plan to varnish above the paint line later in the build.DSC00007DSC00010I then taped off the sections of the floor where I wanted to use non-skid.  The product many recommended was Kiwigrip.  One quart was sufficient for all areas.DSC00019The process is actually very simple.  

  1. tape off the areas to be painted, rounding all corners with a razor blade
  2. sand the area to be painted for good adhesion
  3. trowel on Kiwigrip
  4. roll with provided roller
  5. remove tape will paint is still wet

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It was a lot of fun to see things take shape as I pulled the tape off.  This meets the ‘ham’n’egger’ standard.  I very happy with these results.



4 thoughts on “Finishing the Sole

  1. Very nice job Brent.

    Glad to see you moving along nicely despite our cold weather. Noddy’s KiwiGrip has served well. I have it on my list to apply another coat this winter but have been putting it off because of the fiddly masking process and general cold weather sloth 😦

    My first coat has been on for almost 15 months and 40+ outings, 250+ miles, and quite a few overnights.


    • Simeon,

      Thanks for the comment. Just installed a shop heater last month. Could not move forward without it. Minus 14 deg. F last week. So glad to have installed the heater. I actually have a chance of completing Shackleton by summer now.

  2. Thanks Dave,

    Ya, things worked out real well. I would recommend you make parallel trowel marks over all non-skid area. This will yield the best looking non-skid after you roll it (according to my experience anyway).


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