Brutal summer has arrived in 2013, and the paint work on the Roamer has been relentlessly delayed by mechanics and woodworkers who either don’t show up at all or who finish jobs months behind schedule — which throws off the schedule or necessitates a major reshuffle of everything teed up behind what they need to do. They seem to have a hard time understanding the order of operations on a project like this. The mechanic recently argued that it doesn’t matter that he’s nine months behind schedule on the engine install. “Just finish the paint job and I’ll cut the holes for the exhaust after.”
Yeah…like I want anybody cutting into an otherwise perfect paint job just because he couldn’t get his work done as planned and promised. It’s been frustrating.
The Boatamalans, by comparison, are wailing along where they can.
The last article documented installing the new African Mahogany toe rail. This time around, we’ll be looking at the Imron MS1 finish the guys put on the rail.
When we prime and paint, we’ll tape off just above the end of the fillet. This will leave a solid polyurethane coating over the entire area, leaving no traditional seams into which water can seep.
The bung seams drank up a lot of MS1, so we’ll use a syringe later to fill them before sanding the whole thing flat and applying the last two coats.
That blue diamond tread plastic is outstanding for covering up and protecting finished work.
Next up on our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Tent Collapse!