|We used a halyard to lift the dinghy from the water to the dock.|
|We found a few more leaks to patch before we could apply the Topcoat.|
|I spent half a morning making sure the surface was clean.|
|I taped the top of the rub rail leaving the rest for freehand|
We lifted the dinghy onto the dock on Day 1. We went to work washing the surfaces and found that there were some new air leaks that needed attention before we could do the resurfacing. We patched the holes and waited the appropriate drying time, which took us to Day 2.
Sweat poured off my body as I bent and contorted while the hot sun bead down. The wind was barely a whisper and it wasn't reaching me...
I got the entire topsides done and front and one bottomside done before taking a break. I could barely go on and realized that we had forgotten breakfast! No wonder I was about to pass out! We left the dink resting on the unpainted bottom tube and spent the hottest part of the day huddled down below in the AC.
I painted into the setting sun... in a dress. When I was done, we stood back and admired the new look. It looks GREAT! I had been so worried that it would turn out looking terrible, that the paint would be goppy or that there wouldn't be enough to cover the whole dinghy... But there was plenty of paint left for a second coat. It had gone on so easily and drips wiped up with a damp cloth. I will admit that my freehand painting has left some paint encroaching onto the lower rub rail, but that's the price you pay for doing a job yourself... you accept a certain level of imperfection.
|Look Ma! Your seats await!|
|Fashion goes out the window when its HOT!|
Day 3 - We have a second coat to apply. I was out all the more early, having learned my lesson the previous day... I wanted to take every advantage of whatever cool temps the morning could provide. There was even less wind today, total calm... I began to drip right away.
The second coat went on much more quickly than the first. I had spent some time in the night worrying about how the blue tape would stick to the rubber paint, but I worried needlessly. The paint was stuck to the boat, not the tape!
I looked up to see THIS! The sun was disappearing behind a huge cloud with it's bottom falling out!
|Sure we need the rain... but why NOW?|
We are extremely pleased with the products we have used. I would recommend them to others but not before we see how the test of time affects the project. I'll come back and update after six months or so... but until then, if you want to try this yourself, the only thing I would do differently if I had it to do over...
would be, to do it in OCTOBER!