1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Painting “the Shiny” on the Aft Enclosure

6:30AM Sunday morning, August  18, 2013. All of the prep work we did on Saturday made it relatively easy to paint today. The weather was perfect, too: 70*F and light rain (so absolutely no dust or bugs flying around).

The stairs and scaffolding got covered with heavy plastic.

The stairs and scaffolding got covered with heavy plastic.

This diamond tread blue plastic (Cover Guard Fire Rated Temporary Protection) is outstanding for big paint projects. Wet overspray on the plastic doesn’t grab ahold of your booties when  you step on it. Tape sticks to it very well and it does a good  job protecting finished surfaces, too.

3M hand masking film protects the aft deck interior that got painted the day before.

It also helps seal up the hull, which is still very dusty. We don’t want the dust from below to end up on the new paint above.

Like a freakin' mirror, or WHAT??? :-)

Like a freakin’ mirror, or WHAT??? 🙂

These pix show the cockpit interior surfaces we painted on Saturday. To protect the fresh paint on the interior surfaces of the window frames when we paint the exterior today, we’re using 3M blue tape. The green tape is 3M +233, which sticks very well and does a very good job at keeping the new paint from flowing under the tape. But, it’s so tenacious it can cause fresh paint to lift when you remove it.

You could floss your teeth in that reflection

You could floss your teeth in that reflection!

The mahogany moldings got a fresh layer of 3M +233 tape, too.

Sharkskin plastic film protects the new paint on the dashboard.

Sharkskin plastic film protects the new paint on the dashboard.

Sharkskin and 3M hand masking films protect "the shiny" on the cabin top

Sharkskin and 3M hand masking films protect “the shiny” on the cabin top

Aft window openings are taped up with 3M hand masking film, too.

Transition from the shiny side deck to the soon-to-be-shiny aft enclosure.

Transition from the shiny side deck to the soon-to-be-shiny aft enclosure.

The blend area on the side deck

3M Foam Tape is a very cool product.

3M Foam Tape is a very cool product.

This 3M foam masking tape makes blend lines vanish. I know some old techniques for accomplishing the same basic thing, but the results with this product are much, much better.

More foam tape at the helm station door openings

More foam tape at the helm station door openings

The door uprights got painted when we put the shiny on the cabin top. The foam tape should make the transition disappear when the helm hardtop gets painted. With the taping done, we blew off the primed surfaces and wiped everything down with Awl Grip pre-cleaner. I also spritzed a bit of water around the aft deck and on the inside walls of the tent and scaffolding to control dust. Then we put new filters on the inlet vents and exhaust fans, fired up the fresh air system, donned space suits and got to spraying.

The end result is absolutely gorgeous, if I do say so myself. 🙂

Shiny!!! :-)

Shiny!!! 🙂

Props to the Boatamalans for their outstanding work.

Excellent gloss

Excellent gloss

I have to say that the window frames turned out pretty good, especially since they were an afterthought I came up with in a bit of a panic after finding…irregularities in the way the fabricator welded the aft enclosure together.

Urethane glazing sealant should stick well to the shiny frames


3M foam tape at the transition point on the deck

The fillets look nice, too.

Nice shine on the hardtop brow.

Nice shine on the hardtop overhang.

Now I just need a windshield…soon.

More overhang

More overhang and the foam tape transition point.

Port side with the masking film still in place.

Check out that reflection!

Check out that reflection!

That's one very extremely fair aluminum enclosure panel.

That’s one very extremely fair aluminum enclosure panel.

Again, props to the Boatamalans for their outstanding work.

Super clean paint all around.

Super clean paint all around.

The chief Boatamalan even commented that this paint job is cleaner than what they accomplish at Weaver Boatworks. It helps to have a small crew, with nobody making dust or opening doors to change the air flow characteristics in the middle of the job.

Niiiiiice :-)

Niiiiiice 🙂

You'd never know there was a seam in the middle of that big panel

You’d never know there was a seam in the middle of that big panel

That’s pretty much a wrap for the shiny above the rub rail. While the whole boat is taped up and covered with plastic, we’ll try and knock out the nonskid on the decks and cabin top and apply the shiny to the fillets on the outside of the toe rail. Then we move on to the hull itself.

Unfortunately (for me, anyway) the Boatamalans are very busy at their day jobs and won’t be able to work on my project for a while. This is more of that butterfly effect I wrote about before. Damn that mechanic for falling so far off schedule and pushing everything back.

Next up on our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Window Patterns.

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3 comments on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Painting “the Shiny” on the Aft Enclosure

  1. Greg K says:

    That is some seriously shiny “shiny”. If the rest of the boat looks that good, she’s going to look like a million bucks. 🙂

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