Firstly, I'll introduce the project and where I'm at. I'm currently building a Hartley Ts16, which is a ply-over-frame sailboat which I'm sure most of you will know of, even on the other side of the pond. For the aussies on here, it's practically an institution. I'm a complete amateur, and prior to this I think I probably badly built a table once. The one thing I can say is I am very good at research, read widely, and am rather precocious in my ability to pick up new skills. So far I've finished the hull, epoxy encapsulated and fiberglass sheathed the ply, and now the skeg and outer keel strips at the stem are on with (I believe) a great deal of success. This is where I'm now examining a few options.
What I'd like to do is to have the centreline bright finished from the stem capping pieces to the end of the outer keel/skeg. It's a gorgeous layup of laminated N.G. Rosewood which would give a lovely highlight to the paintwork, and I've purposely kept the shaping of these timbers somewhat more traditional in their fairing to really give what can be quite a boring looking boat a healthy dose of character.
What I already have is a high-build 2-pack primer, and a 2 pack marine enamel paint (deep blue, both Norglass - Shipshape and Northane specifically) ready to go for the sides and transom. I know I can't mix the application of a 1 part and a 2 part enamel when having my painted sides near my bright centreline, so a 1 part enamel for the job is out. I wondered whether the 2-pack enamel in a clear would be suitable for that job if applied over a few sealing coats of epoxy. I remember someone advising against 2-pack bright-work or centre-line stuff. Ease of re-finishing or something...
Any advice on this? Specifically, 1) Is it folly to try to bright finish the centre-line timbers purely for the aesthetics of it? 2) Will a 2-pack clear be suitable on those timbers, if I am willing to take the time to apply it?, and 3) is there any other combination to use with the 2-pack blue I already have, seeing as the boat is an encapsulated ply glass devil-boat, and if it ever gets wet it will turn into soup?
Thanks for your ideas, everyone! And yes, yes. Photos later.