With the exterior from the decks up painted with “the shiny” the next steps involves painting the fillet outboard of the mahogany toe rail to the upper rub rail. The hull at the bow is about eight feet tall, so without mid-height scaffolding it’s impossible to see over the upper rub rail to paint. But mid-height scaffolding would get in the way of painting the lower portions of the hull, so we have to break this up into two parts…it’s always something.
Anyway, we sanded the Alwgrip 545 primer on the fillet and rub rail with 320 grit Mirka Abranet, then wiped everything down and taped it off for “the shiny,” which is what my Boatamalan painter calls shiny top coat paint.
We taped off the toe rail using 3M 233+ tape and Sharkskin 20-foot wide masking film.
It’s important to keep the plastic tensioned so it doesn’t flop around and stir up dust when the painter comes by shooting the top coat. But, you have to be careful not to put too much tension on it…the Sharkskin tears easily.
We used 3M foam tape for the blend area at the scupper, then wetted down the scaffolding and got to painting. Once again, Tent Model IX provided a nice, nearly dust-free environment. That’s a wrap for the upper paint work. All that remains is to longboard the hull once more, apply a bit of primer to some low spots, then we’ll put shiny on the hull!