|Damage to the old gallows|
|New sapele gallows.|
As a side note, with the offcuts from the both the new and old gallows (don't ask why I kept the old offcut for 8 years), I built a little planter.
|Transom damage. The discoloration is very deep.|
|Removing the transom fiberglass|
|Plenty of wear and tear over the years|
|Scuffs and dock rash in the paint. |
You can also see just how faded it was getting
taping it's fasteners to it. Then came the fun part. Nearly everything was bedded using silicone sealant. This obviously had to go before painting, but removing it is not fun. It doesn't sand, and solvents don't do much. It took a lot of picking with a fingernail to clean off of the silicone off of everything.
|Sanded down. This looks terrible, but is|
the foundation of a good paint job.
There were several deeper scrapes in the hull side that needed to be filled with epoxy. There were also some spots on the edges of the port rail where (either in the past or now) I sanded clean through the fiberglass, so that had to get patched. There was also a section of the cabin top where the paint had developed dozens of tiny bubbles. I thought maybe there had been some surface contamination, but in sanding the paint off, I decided the more likely culprit was that I hadn't originally sanded the surface quite smooth, leaving little divots of unsanded epoxy that the paint did not properly adhere to.
|Repairing the nose block|
|Setting up the painting tent.|
|Under the bigtop|
|Bottom paint and bootstripe primer|
|Fresh coats of Fire Red. The wider, painted bootstripe can also be seen|
For the topsides, I made several tweaks to the original paint scheme. The brown/tan/burnt orange color had always been quite a bit darker than my original vision, so I selected a lighter shade, Bristol Beige, for the cockpit and anchor well areas. I also wasn't really ever happy with how far (or not-far, rather) I wrapped the white into the cockpit, so I decided to extend that a bit.
|The revised paint scheme, now with Bristol Beige.|
This is close to m original vision.
|Upgraded: new LED nav lights|