After a week of final prep the hull was ready for its first topcoat today.
I switched to AlexSeal from Awlgrip as the large yacht industry is giving it the preferred thumbs up!
I personally prefer rolling to spray applications as you get 90% of the paint applied where you want it and you save a great deal on production costs from overspray and the cost of bad shoots.
Also in the low tech…. high humidity environment
of the Philippines
, lack of covered facilities, poor quality air driers and Spray equipment
pretty much dictates rolling if you know how and just choose your weather
Starting at 5am, the hull is tacked off, then wiped down with a final cleaner before the brushing formula is mixed, left to season for about 15-20 minutes then tested for flow.
Two painters, two spotters then work in unison to apply the paint, changing the roller every 15-20 minutes.
Secret is in the amount of paint applied on the roller and the even pressure on both fore and aft strokes by the guy doing the final cover.
Allow the electro-chemical properties of the paint to flow out and separate the gloss from the color pigments which happens in about 20 minutes after application.
Ben who painted my boat in 2007 ended up giving me a perfectly flawless first coat with hardly any orange peel today.
On Monday, wet sanding to remove the peel and then if weather
permits the final coat Tuesday morning to provide a higher depth
Just hope Manny Pacquiao beats Mayweather this weekend as it means so much more to the Filipinos than the USA fans.