Old man winter must be on a Caribbean cruise or something. It hasn’t been warm per se, but it’s been quite a bit warmer than in the last few years. Good riddance to that El Niño cycle! We needed two relatively warm days in a row to get the V-berth head sanded and painted, and the weather gods have delivered. Time to knock this thing out.
We sprayed the 545 with a rattle can black guide coat, then went at it with 220 grit and 320 grit Mirka Abranet.
I use 3M 233 tape with rolls of 99″ plastic masking film to seal up the space and protect everything from overspray. On the floor, I use Cover Guard Surface Protection. We also taped a layer of Cover Guard to the inside of the fume extractor duct that’s secured to the porthole opening. The inside of the duct is full of Awlquik and 545 primer overspray and also sanding dust, and we don’t want that blowing back into the throne room when the painter hits it with the spray gun.
Once we’re suited up and ready to paint, we’ll use tape to secure the plastic flap at the door closed. Fresh air will come through the porthole openings on the port side. This should give us great air flow to get overspray out of the space we’re painting.
Next up on our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Painting the ‘Throne Room’