I have what may be a stupid question, but I have never painted fiberglass
with two-part polyurethane
before, so here goes. I have teak
grabrails on the cabintop of my 1981 Pearson
36 that are in terrible condition to the point they are cracked, unsound and a safety
risk. I found some matching Pearson teak
rails at a good price
, and I have them on hand now, and I have a carpenter
lined up to help me replace them in September (it's a two man job because of the rails below in the cabin
that they screw into), and he's also going to do some other carpentry tasks I know I am not equipped for. But I also intend to paint
the entire boat because the gelcoat
is truly irretrievable.
Here's the question - I wanted to paint
before I replace the teak rails, because obviously I don't want to remove the rails again when I paint the entire topside, and I don't want to paint the entire deck
now because of the amount of prep time involved, and I will lose the carpenter
if I push the rail replacement work past September. Looking at the non-skid areas on the cabintop, if I could isolate those, and paint them now after removing the old rails and before the carpenter arrives, I could drastically reduce the required prep work. Is it feasible to tape off these non-skid areas where the rails are, paint those now, and then paint the rest of the deck in the Spring after I have done all the other prep like removing stanchions, blocks, etc and repairing cracks, holes, etc?
It seems that the difference in texture between the smooth and non-skid areas is a natural boundary and I could just tape off the non-skid "islands" where the rails are and paint those now and do the rest later. Does this make sense, and are there problems with this approach that, in my inexperience, I do not anticipate?
Thanks in advance for input from you experienced sailboat painters.