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    Two coats of epoxy on the topsides today. At last I seem to be learning how to gauge the amount of epoxy I need and mix a batch with minimal waste. Applying with a roller sure is more economical than brushing.

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    Open doors and sunshine in the shop! Very Nice!

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    Thanks, Grey Duck. When we replaced the old "self-demolishing" garage we went first class. The new one is a big work space with plenty of natural light. We made it as big as we could without running into the septic drainfield, 26' x 28' with finished attic.
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    Oh, yea! Looking nice.

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    Thanks, Dale! The epoxy will cure for a week or so, and then I will start painting the bottom.
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    The epoxy cured for more than a week, in fact for more than two weeks, while I went to boating get-togethers. But we are painting at last! Here is the first coat of primer. Esquif Prospecteur 15 in the background.

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    Second coat of primer today.

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    First finish coat of paint.

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    Looks good from here. Are you pleased with the finish so far?

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    Congrats, UCanoe. This is exciting

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    Thanks, guys. It is exciting. It's a "20 foot" finish, but I am not a perfectionist. One more coat of white, either today or tomorrow, then I will paint the bottom of the bottom. Not sure about painting a waterline at this time; it may be better to wait until the boat is actually in the water.
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    Second coat. I will apply the third coat at the end of the build.

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    Laying out the waterline. On my loft drawing, I used the compass to measure the distance from the bottom of the keel to the WL, plus one inch, along the face of the inner stem. Then I transferred this measurement to the boat and center punched a mark.

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    Lacking a laser level, I decided to use a water level to mark the WL all around the boat. A piece of clear plastic tubing was on hand. I mounted a block of scrap on the stem at the WL + 1" mark.

    The block of scrap was slightly out of square, which turned out to be advantageous. I used a small combination square and a drill bit to determine that the outboard end of the block was at WL + 1-1/8".

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    I used hot glue to attach a pair of homemade V-blocks to the front of the scrap piece, and attached the plastic tubing with hot glue and zip ties. Then I marked the WL + 1" level with blue tape.

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    The water level in use. It required a helper to sight the forward level mark as I moved along the side of the boat.

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    PVC trim from the home improvement store made a handy batten for drawing the WL. Double sided carpet tape was used to attach the batten to the hull without making holes for fasteners.

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    The adhesive on the carpet tape is really tenacious. Next problem solving step is removing the goo from the hull with minimal damage to the paint.
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    Roberts Max Grip double sided carpet tape is a great product!

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Roberts-...-540/100658261

    Don't put it on your boat!

    Yes, I am having another one of those "learning experiences." I should have paid attention to the word
    "PERMANENT" on the wrapper. It really is permanent. Don't use it to stick something onto your boat temporarily. If you do, apply it over painter's tape or something else less sticky.

    I phoned the manufacturer and talked with Brandi, the adhesive specialist. She advised that scrubbing with Dawn dish detergent on a brush would help remove the goo. I tried and agree, but still had to scrape with a single edge razor blade. Some paint came off and I will need to touch up. Inconvenient, but worse things could happen.

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    Coming along! I used a "water level" like yours to level my strongback. Not sure that I'm going to mark a waterline on my boat. Probably just do the whole hull with one paint.
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    Thanks, Dale. For those who want to try this at home, the solution to the ultra-sticky carpet tape was as follows:

    Use an old toothbrush to saturate the tape with Dawn dish detergent. I applied detergent to all the tape spots at once, giving time for it to soak.

    Scrape the tape off with a single edge razor blade.

    This still left plenty of adhesive on the hull, so I applied detergent again. Scrape again with single edge razor blade.

    There was still adhesive that did not come off. I had to use 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper to remove it.

    Of course that process also removed paint and primer, so all these spots had to be touched up.

    At one place, my early experimentation with a heat gun removed a bit of fiberglass. That hole had to be filled with fairing compound and then sealed with epoxy before painting.

    Now at last I am ready to mask and paint the waterline. Won't have time to work on this until Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UCanoe_2 View Post
    Thanks, Dale. For those who want to try this at home, the solution to the ultra-sticky carpet tape was as follows:

    Use an old toothbrush to saturate the tape with Dawn dish detergent. I applied detergent to all the tape spots at once, giving time for it to soak.

    Scrape the tape off with a single edge razor blade.

    This still left plenty of adhesive on the hull, so I applied detergent again. Scrape again with single edge razor blade.

    There was still adhesive that did not come off. I had to use 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper to remove it.

    Of course that process also removed paint and primer, so all these spots had to be touched up.

    At one place, my early experimentation with a heat gun removed a bit of fiberglass. That hole had to be filled with fairing compound and then sealed with epoxy before painting.

    Now at last I am ready to mask and paint the waterline. Won't have time to work on this until Monday.
    It all adds time. I've been known to have to "fix" and "redo" things as well. My motto: why do it once when you can do it twice!

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    Once again, life interferes with boatbuilding. Monday afternoon was spent at the home improvement store figuring out how to pay for the new dishwasher and get it installed on time. While the transaction for my online order was pending, there was fraudulent activity on my credit card account. Of course that meant that the card got canceled, and that the pending transaction for the dishwasher was declined.

    Remind me again how convenient everything is these days. Sheesh!

    Thanks to some good problem solving by our local store employees -- and no thanks to Lowes corporate customer service at the 800 number, which kept us on hold for more than two hours -- the new dishwasher was installed today, on time and for $100 less than the original cost.

    So today I finally applied the first coat of bottom paint. The color is Total Boat "Flag Blue," which looks almost black. Hopefully the color will lighten as the paint dries. The light blue, of course, is painter's tape.

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    Gotta be feelin' good seeing those colors come together!

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    Another coat and the painter's tape comes off! Looking sharp now.

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