Cabin Paint, Ya Baby!

Well, after yesterday’s debacles, this morning went swimmingly well.  I wanted to get another coat of Hatteras Off White paint applied to the cabin top and inside cabin stripe.  If you remember, last time I tried this (with the paint slightly green) it ended up crazing and looked terrible.  I sanded this mess all off, applied one coat of paint, and waited for it to properly cure before attempting the second coat.

I’m happy to report, the second coat went on beautifully.

Take a look:

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Look Ma, no crazing!!!

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Notice the bicycle refection off the cabin top near the back.  I love bicycles.

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I also added a white stripe to the interior cabin.  

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Looking aft.  Things are starting to come together for Northern Cross.

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I’m almost ready to begin focusing on the cockpit.  But, first I want to get the cabin finished up.  I’ll be adding bunk retention lines to hold up the lids for hands free loading.  I also want to fix a place for the lap trays to store and add final touches to the thunder plank system.  This is the fun of building and creating your own boat.  You get to organize and accessorize till the cows come home– and I love it.

As you can tell, I’m feeling much better than yesterday.  Let’s all move forward in our lives and not get discouraged.  

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Yet Another Issue

Lest you feel I was exaggerating with yesterday’s post, check this out:

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I decide to paint the cabin tops Hatteras Off White.  I have one coat of paint down and I’m now applying the second coat.

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Things appear reasonably normal…  Or do they?

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Within seconds of my second coat of paint, I’m greeted with this.  The paint pulls up into a crazing appearance.  I told you chemistry and me don’t get along.  You thought I was exaggerating, you thought I was jus saying that to gain undeserved sympathy.  Well, now do you believe me when I say I’m a magnet for disasters to appear?

I used no wax paper.  My paint roller was new.  My tipping brush was new.  My paint holder was new.  The only thing I can say is the paint was not completely dry.  My thinking was to add the second coat while the first coat was still green for better adhesion.  Guess that’s not the way to proceed.  My only option now is to wait until the paint completely cures and then sand it all off.  It’s not all as bad as the photo above, but half of it is.

Boat building is a continual learning process.  You would think I would understand how to apply paint, but I guess I don’t.

Protection through Painting

Paint adds a layer of protection and wear surface to epoxy coated areas.   Here, I elected to paint the bottom of the slosh wells, the motor well and the bow.  I wrapped the paint up the sides 2.75″.  This creates a nice finished, protected look to any painted area.

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First coat needs to go on thin to prevent sagging.  

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Above the paint line, I’ll probably do a bright finish.

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The bow subfloor.  I’ll definitely do a bright finish above this paint line.  

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I stuffed a paper towel in the self draining holes of the bow to prevent paint from running down the side of my finished hull.

I’m going to add a non skid powder to the next coat and then probably finish off with one last coat, making 3 coats in all.  Great fun folk, great fun!

Painting Storage Areas

Some areas are much easier to reach before they’re completely built.  The under seat storage areas fit this example.  It’ll be much easier to paint these areas now before I instal the seat tops.  I used a Silver Rustoleum paint product meant to look hammered.  It goes on sort of thick and pickles up as it dries.  It’s really weird stuff but I think it’s a good fit for this part of the boat.

Check it out:

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I also plan to use this paint on the floor of the boat and will wrap it about 3″ up all the sides for a bathtub look.  I plan to paint the bottom of the slosh wells this same color.  It’s really tough and will hide dirt well.

With the painting complete in these hard to reach places, I can now focus on the seat tops.  

 

A Fullness of Joy

The scriptures speak of a fullness of joy.  Well…I think I got there this morning.

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And, now a shot of the entire boat…

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Summary:

You work so hard and so long for this very moment.  To see the color go on the hull is upmost rewarding to say the least.  A heart felt thank you to Kilburn Adams for designing this boat.  This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever built in my life.

Painting the Hull Deal

 

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Marking the top line with a 3″ board.

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I sanded the back side so it wouldn’t scratch the paint.

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It follows the gunwale curve nicely.

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After taping off, the Dark Navy was rolled on and tipped off with a foam brush.

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Dark Navy looks like a battle ship.

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I elected to wrap the Hatteras Off White & Dark Navy around the transom.

What I learned:

  1. Card scrappers help you immensely when prepping your boat for paint.  They can level an area better than any other tool.  Buy one and learn how to sharpen one.
  2. Foam brushes worked much better than chip brushes for two reasons.  First, you eliminate the stray hairs coming off the brush and second, it applies a much thinner coating.
  3. Roll on an area, then pause and tip out the bubbles with a foam brush, then roll again.  In this manner, you can paint the entire boat and always maintain a wet edge.

 

No matter how much prep work you do, your hull won’t be perfect or even close to perfect, but you’ll have a very nice boat of which you can be proud.

 

Paint on the Boat

Now calm down, this is just the first coat of the white stripe.  But, I did learn something during the application.

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I elected to hold the white strip flat across the transom.  The top line (actually bottom line when the boat is right side up) will be taped when I add the Dark Navy.

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I’m holding the white stripe just shy of the bow.  

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The stripe will be 3″ wide.

OK, now for what I learned.  This stuff set up way faster than I anticipated.  It was 76 degrees in my shop.  I thought I could roll all the way around, then come back and tip off the air bubbles.  Nope, it set up almost instantly.  Next application I will use a foam brush and keep things smooth as I go.  Lesson learned.

The White Stripe

I’ll be adding a white stripe just under the gunwale of my Skiff America 20.  In mocking up the standard stripe, I felt it appeared entirely too large.

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The top line represents a 4″ stripe.  The lower line represents a 3″ stripe.

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The 4″ appears to take up too much of the side panel.  I’ll liking the 3″ much better.

I would prefer a 2-1/2″ stripe, but I can’t get the hull identification numbers to fit inside anything less than 3″.  And, I like the size of the 3″ stripe.  It looks strong without being overly wide.  It accentuate the curve of the sheer line very nicely.  So, 3″ it will be.

I’m now looking for some quality off white paint.  I decided to go with off white as opposed to tan, for a clean nautical look.

Paint Scheme Considerations

Well, I’m really killing this one.  I’ve been mulling over and over in my mind how I want my Skiff America to look.  I’ve scanned internet images of boat color schemes and striping options.  I’ve spent hours looking at all the Skiff America images I can find off google.

Here’s what makes the most sense to me at this point and why.

First the problem:

As I look at all the images, I’m left with one belief.  You can either make the boat look good on the trailer, or you can make the boat look good in the water, but it’s hard to do both.

Why:  

In looking at images of the boat in the water (with people in them), you’ll notice that almost all boats, with little exception, show the aft portion of the lower white stripe below the water line.  In fact, you tend to only see the front 1/2 – 1/3 of the white stripe.  To me, this makes the boat appear tail heavy.  It also makes the lower chine panel look narrow.  It makes the boat look like it has less free board and more susceptible to a wave.

A few examples:

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I love the look of the uniform white stripe on the trailer, but on the water, when loaded with people and gear, it looses it’s appeal to my eye.

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Now, you could raise the white stripe on the aft portion of the boat, but this will only make the chine panel appear even narrower still.  So, what to do?

How about this…

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Here is a Skiff America that appear to have all one color on the hull.  I like this image.  The boat looks more massive, taller, with more free board.  It looks thicker and better to my eye.  You get to enjoy more of the dark hull color.  Now whether this boat has a lower stripe or not, I can’t tell from the image, but it gives the appearance of no lower stripe or bottom color, and I like the feel.  I’m thinking of painting my boat a dark hull color with one white or tan stripe below the gunwale.   That’s it.  This simplified paint scheme currently makes the most sense to me.  The bow and transom look taller, more robust, more solid.  Less catchy, but visually more imposing.  This paint scheme would also be easier to maintain when it comes time to touch up or repaint.

Now that I’ve offended everyone with a traditional paint scheme, let me say I’ve never seen an ugly Skiff America…well, there was that all white one, but most have all been beautiful.  And, color is such a personal thing.  We all dress differently, our homes are decorated differently and our cars are different colors.  The point is, you get to choose what color you want.  I love the fact I get to choose and I get to live with the consequences of that choice.

Don’t take me too seriously, tomorrow I might flip back, but this is my current mind set.  What colors and paint schemes do you like?