With the toe rail finished in Imron MS1, the next step is to final sand and prime the decks with Awl Quik.
The next step will be to longboard the Awl Quik, then spray the final coat of Awl Grip 545 primer. We’re taking the time to longboard even the non-skid areas because any low spot will hold water and dirt.
For example, our 1968 Chris Craft Commander 42 has the original faux teak deck look with little grooves between each strip of “teak” molded into the gelcoat. Those little grooves are intentional low spots, and they are magnets for dirt! A little bit of effort now will have a big cumulative pay-off over the years after we commission the boat.
The next step after priming with 545 will be to machine sand with 320 grit Mirka Abranet. After that, the whole tent and boat will get a thorough washing, then we’ll tape it up and start spraying AwlCraft 2000 and Awl Grip non-skid over all the top surfaces in fairly rapid succession.
In preparation for the shiny topcoat, the chief Boatamalan* asked me to work up the layout of the non-skid. Since the deck is 15 feet wide and the cabin top is about 12, it helps to map out the non-skid because it is applied after “the shiny.” The non-skid areas give the painter a place to stand while painting the other areas.
Boatamalan: portmanteau indicating highly skilled boat workers of Central American origin. 😉
Gotta love Sketchup!
But once I started, I couldn’t help myself. This Sketchup is addictive! So I took the 2D model and stretched it to 3D and moved some things around.
The stripe on the deck and all around the border, including a narrow band around the cabin top, will be done in shiny AwlCraft 2000. The square on the deck is for the hatch.
Please comment below if you have a better idea for the non-skid map!