I settled on Brightside Hatters White for my upper hull color. I think it will blend well with the bright finish I’ll be applying to the rub rails (yet to be installed). After multiple coats and a few mishaps (articulated below) here’s what I got. Excuse the dust on the black paint. Summary:
- After applying 4 coats of graphite epoxy to the lower hull section, I applied 3 coats of epoxy on all remaining hull pieces.
- I then filled any low spots with micro balloons.
- I then sanded multiple times until I was satisfied.
- I then applied 3 coats of Hatteras White to all lower sections.
- Then disaster struck.
At this point, I thought all was well and that I was almost done with this arduous process. But, after looking closely, I notice spiderweb like wrinkles in the finish. They were present in 3 or 4 locations, some of which were quite large…say basketball size. I have no idea what caused them. I ran it over and over in my mind never reaching a logical cause and effect. After a discouraging night of sleeping on it, I knew they had to be sanded out. So, I strapped on a new filter mask and sanded the entire hull (problem areas more thoroughly than others). I then applied another complete layer of paint. Looking closely this time for the spiderweb wrinkles, they were not to be found. I breathed a sigh of relief and applied one more coat and called it good.
This is not a perfect job. Those of you who are really gifted at finish work will readily notice flaws in my finish. But I achieved the ‘ham n egger’ standard. That’s all I can ask for in this build. As my dad would say, “we’re not building a piano”.