Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Six hours of sanding today.

Six hours of sanding today. Nothing but sanding. Sanding blue tinted epoxy. I'm pretty much fed up with sanding 'cept I got more sanding to do tomorrow! *sigh*  Time to hit the shower. I look like Poppa Smurf!

Parting shot: "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” ― Farrah Gray

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Around and around we go!

Where & when will this torture stop nobody knows. *sigh*

The process:  Roll on some expensive goopy stuff. When it hardens sand most of it back off so you can roll on some more expensive goopy stuff. *sigh*

I'm pretty sure now I could have done this a lot easier had I know then what I know now. Oh well, live and learn. I'm into it and I'll finish it. Started out today at 80 degs in the shed at 08:00 and only got warmer. The humidity is probably the highest it's been all summer. I really notice a lot of moisture coming out of the sander. The little water trap thingy on the compressor just can't keep up. I may have to get a larger air dryer for that.
Working my way from the bow to the stern on the port side bottom panel. It's so humid the dust just balls up and gums up the sanding disks. I think I've gone through 6 so far today. Usually I only have to change them once a day.

Nice orderly waves of sanding dust! ;-)  I try to be methodical but have to change it up as much as I can to relieve the stress on my wrists. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is no joke. If you've ever hand Tennis Elbow you'll know the pain.
You can see the shine coming off the epoxy. This stuff is HARD. It's been baking in the shed for almost a week now. Luckily I don't have to press too hard to get eh pebbles sanded down and the shine off of it. Using 80 grit disks which is what's required for the next step, primer.

Just in case you missed it here's the link to yesterday's Sandinsanity video!

Temps supposed to hit 40 C with the humidex today. I'll see how long I can go. I keep the fans blowing right on me which helps.


Monday, July 21, 2014

You know you want it!

Here you go! Today's sandinsanity video!

Admit it, you missed my sanding videos eh? ;-)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Scratching The Surface

This old tune came to mind this morning while I was sanding all the shiny stuff of the hull! Somehow it seemed appropriate for the occasion.
I know the sanding videos were popular but I didn't make one today. I hope you're not disappointed! ;-) I spent the better part of 4 hours sanding down the port side taking off the shiny surface of the epoxy coats I put on this week. Seems counter intuitive but it's gotta be done for the next step, primer.
Still a few low spots to be dealt with. I outlined these and put in a lil' bit of epoxy thickened with cabosil.
Tomorrow the sanding will continue. Going for a boat ride this afternoon so Wohoo! a break from the boat shed! :-)

Oh yeah, one last pic.

That's it. Shower time!

Dingy's rigged & ready to go!

Thanks for looking in.


Friday, July 18, 2014


So technically the hull is now waterproof! That blank spot on the left side is now coated & sealed up!
I got it and the rest of the bottom panels coated this morning. I'll go out this evening and get a second coat on the stbd side as well as try to get a second coat on the keel with the extension handle. It's been a tough slog doing this alone. I miss my shop helper! ;-(  Oh well nobody said this was gonna be easy.

Cold beer time! Standby.....