Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scraping The Bottom

Last couple visits to the boat, I was working on scraping the old bottom paint off so I can prep for barrier coat and bottom paint.

The lapstrake hull is one thing that makes this task take longer. Those ridges of the hull takes a little extra effort. Someone asked me recently why I don't just do a little sanding and start painting over top of it. Since I want to use barrier coat, I wanted to start over, taking it down to gelcoat and build up from there. Plus, the paint that's on the boat now, wasn't really well adhered to the hull anyway. It was already flaking off. While some areas are fairly easy to remove, other areas, is a bit more difficult requiring taps to break it up.

Once the old paint is off, then I can sand it down to rough it up for the barrier coat. A little late in the season to work on the bottom, I know, but I can at least do some prep work now, while weather is cooling down. At this point, I may just wait till spring to do the painting part.

Looks like this is going to take longer than I expected. I should have known, it IS a boat after all.


  1. It is a slow work but worth every bit of effort. It might be worth picking up a $20 dollar heat gun and large scraper for removing that stuff. I found the heat gun worked wonders for removing the caked-on varnish of yesteryear. It too is slow, but is rather effortless. Just don't burn your fingers.

  2. That does look like a lot of work due to the lapstrake. Hang in there the boat will be better for it!

    1. yes, it's twice the effort for half the results. lol.