Building The Vera Cruise

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:18 pm

Getting ready to paint the bilge. Been masking everything off as I am going to spray it this time rather than hand paint with brushes and rollers.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by steveh41 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:29 pm

Looking good Carl. Which bilge paint are you using?

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:14 pm

Thanks Steve,

The bilge paint is Total Boat white bilge paint from Jamestown Distributors. Was hoping to get it applied today, but life dictated otherwise. Tomorrow is time spent with my family so now hoping to do the work Monday.

The stuff stinks to high heaven and takes a fairly long time to fully cure, but it's hard as nails when fully cured.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by Hercdrvr » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:43 pm

Nice job masking everything off Carl. If it stinks in the can, wait until you spray it, Pee-U.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:27 pm

Well it took several days because of weather and the admiral not liking the smell, but the aft cabin bilge is spray painted. Although much easier than doing this by hand with brushes and rollers, it's still a nasty job and I am glad to be done. There will be some touch up work once I get the floor supports installed, but that will be relatively easy.

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by chugalug » Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:18 pm

:D Good to see you back at it.I didn't paint my bilge since most of it is hidden-just coated well with CPES.Nasty stuff too!
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by hoodman » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:16 pm

Looks great, Carl. Looks like spraying the bilge was the right move.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by DrBryanJ » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:48 am

Nice Carl: I haven't decided to paint my bilge or not. What are the advantages of painting vs. leaving bilge natural?
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by TomB » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:25 am

Nice job Carl,

All my spray paint come from a shaker can. What kind of equipment did you use? That should round out the questions. Please tell us all about how you did it.

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:15 am

Thanks Tim, Matt, Bryan, and Tom
DrBryanJ wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:48 am
Nice Carl: I haven't decided to paint my bilge or not. What are the advantages of painting vs. leaving bilge natural?
I decided to paint my bilge for a couple of reasons. First off, since it's covered by the floor, it's naturally dark under there, especially in the areas where I won't be able to easily remove the floor boards. Painting it white makes it's considerably brighter and also will show up any stuff that gets down there. Secondly, I wanted to give an extra bit of protection to the epoxy in case any solvents do get down there. This is unlikely, but I know from reading about it that it does happen.

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Nice job Carl,
All my spray paint come from a shaker can. What kind of equipment did you use? That should round out the questions. Please tell us all about how you did it.Thanks,Tom
Tom, I have a larger compressor which is adequate for spraying with a conventional spray gun setup. This is not an HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) setup, rather just an old fashion (i.e. lot's of over spray) piece of equipment. I bought it at Harbor Freight about 12 years ago when I was making some drawing tables for my wife and son and needed a way to spray varnish.

The process is fairly straightforward. The bilge paint (Total Boat White Bilge Paint form Jamestown Distributors) was thinned at about 10 to 15% with xylene and sprayed through the Harbor Freight spray gun. The main thing I had to quickly learn was adjusting the gun to spray sufficient paint and having the spray pattern spray vertically. This allowed me to get sufficient coverage while standing in the boat.

Unfortunately, because this is a small lot neighborhood, I had to spray with the garage door closed for most of the sessions, which required me to be completely protected (Tyvek suit, respirator, goggles, gloves). It also completely filled the garage with over spray which quickly settled on my goggles and everything else, making it necessary to do all of this in several sessions.

Only on the last bit closest to the transom, did I spray with the garage door open. This was out of necessity because I could not stand anywhere except outside the boat. My boat completely fills the length of my garage with only 2 inches to spare front and back.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:42 pm

I was away for life events for a few weeks, but that's over now. I've finished painting the bilge area (finally). Now I can start working on the cabin side pieces.

Starting to install the floor supports after initial painting.
Starting to install the floor supports after initial painting.
Final painting completed (Yay!!). Brown areas will be bonded later.
Final painting completed (Yay!!). Brown areas will be bonded later.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by Hercdrvr » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:06 pm

Nice and clean looking bilge area, looks good.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by steveh41 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:34 pm

Looks great Carl... good progress.

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by Jimbob » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:06 pm

Carl,
That looks so nice are you thinking about having a glass bottom boat? :lol:
It really looks fantastic! Nice work.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by hoodman » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:39 pm

Nice clean bilge. I'm sure you're glad to have that done!
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