1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Spraying Mahogany Panels in the Origami Spray Booth

I’ve got a stack of mahogany plywood that needs to be sprayed with ICA base clear before I can install it on the boat. With the origami spray booth ready to go, we finally got to spray.

Goood day to spray

Mahogany plywood suspended for spraying

Fume extractor and filter box are ready to go

Devilbis Camair QC3 filter drier ensures clean, dry air from the compressor

My Boatamalan* painter was supposed to show up by 11, but he’s been very busy at work and didn’t get there until 5:30. I strung up some lights so he could spray even after dark. With the extra time, I suspended even more mahogany panels.

*Boatamalan: portmanteau indicating highly skilled boat workers of Central American origin. They’re actually from Honduras, but boat + [Guat]amalan has a nicer ring to it. ;-)

Spray water on the gravel to hold down dust…then get to spraying ICA

There’s about 150 pounds worth of plywood hanging from the roof. I noticed that as the weight and the length of time grew, the PVC pipes started sagging a bit. So I added some upright sticks to support the center and the end that meets the tent.

Fourth and final coat


Good lookin’ mahogany!

After moving all of the plywood back onboard the following morning, it was time to fold up the origami spray booth.

Pop off the roof, drop the wall…

Fold in the right wall…

Fold in the left wall…

Put the end wall in place…

Tie the roof in place…

And move the filter box up against the tent.

It only took about 25 minutes to button up the spray booth. Not bad for the first time. And it worked well. The base coat is nice and clean. Now I need to get those panels installed.

Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Installing the New Mahogany V-berth Bulkhead Panel



13 comments on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Spraying Mahogany Panels in the Origami Spray Booth

  1. Peter Hitchcock says:

    Top job as usual… just found your next project for you.. You’ve been Roaming long enough I think you need to be a Commander….!! http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1969/Chris-Craft-60%27-Commander-3064581/Rock-Hall/MD/United-States

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