It’s been a long road getting to this point, but we finally have shiny Awlgrip sprayed in the aft head. The first step was installing the aft head walls. Then I had to install overhead wall panels in preparation for the spray foam insulation. To make a “unit bath,” with no seams between the wall panels, bulkheads, or ceiling, we fiberglassed and faired the walls. I also had to make moldings and the solid mahogany door pocket. The overhead light wiring had to get done next, then we fiberglassed in the ceiling panels. Fillets, sanding, priming with Awlquik, sanding, and final priming with Awlgrip 545 came next. And that brings us to today, when we spray the eggshell Awlgrip paint.
A jet bath was one of the missus’ “must have” requirements for the boat. The tub is up against the far wall, next to the hull. I’ll work on installing it and start on the cabinetry over the 2015~16 winter.
The plastic is all removed in the pic above, but the whole aft stateroom was taped off, turning the head into its own spray booth. With the big fume extractor running, there was no overspray anywhere. The 20′ hose went up the aft stateroom hatch hole and connected to a big filter box. You can smell the thinner outside the filter box, but no particulates come through.
By installing the prefinished moldings before priming and painting, we’re able to fully seal the joint between the wall panel and molding. Using this approach, water simply cannot affect that joint.
That’s a wrap for the aft head paint, which is great news. But my next article is not so great news. Or, more precisely, it’s a follow-up on some expensive parts I bought, the problems I discovered, and the manufacturer’s pathetic product support.