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Old 13-04-2014, 11:01   #1
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Bottom painting in the rain

I've searched this forum and others with a few scattered suggestions on how to bottom paint in the rain. The two general suggestions are:
A) build a tent off the side.
B) make a gutter with a folded strip of tape to keep any run off from streaking the bottom.

I'm looking at the weather report later this week and I have a launch date that can't be moved surrounded by some rainy days. I live 300 miles from my boat so I'm doing my best to plan for the worst and be prepared when I head up in a few days to get the boat ready to splash.

I'd love to hear from others on the specific details of how their "bottom painting in the rain" went. The good, bad, and ugly. What say you?
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Old 13-04-2014, 12:52   #2
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Re: Bottom painting in the rain

I don't know about bottom painting in the rain but wet sanding in the rain works great!
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Old 13-04-2014, 15:16   #3
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I don't know about bottom painting in the rain but wet sanding in the rain works great!
Ha ha! Noted.
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Re: Bottom painting in the rain

Gutters made from duct tape work well, but you gotta stick them on before anything gets wet. Make little strips every couple of feet for support from the outer edge to the hull above the tape, making sure you're not making a path for water to run over the edge.
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Gutters made from duct tape work well, but you gotta stick them on before anything gets wet. Make little strips every couple of feet for support from the outer edge to the hull above the tape, making sure you're not making a path for water to run over the edge.

Don't use duct! On a painted boat, it may remove the paint. This is called a drip dam. If leaving overnight, use preservation seal. For single day, regular 2" blue masking is fine. Angle the dam so there's a low spot amidships either side to drain, and put a "tongue" of tape their as a spout. Making a nice dam quickly is an art. You get very good at it here in Seattle, where if you want to paint a boat, odds are good you will be doing it in the rain.
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Re: Bottom painting in the rain

Thanks for the input! Yea just north of Seattle in Anacortes so I'm sure it won't be the last time I'll have to employ this method. No need to leave the tape on for more than a day so the 2" painters tape should work great... Just hope it doesn't rain too hard as I'm sure this method only works for light rain.
Good tips on the support strips every few feet as well as the "tongue" amidships.

Now if anyone could guarantee good weather this Thursday I'll reward you with a free role of unused painters tape!
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