Stella - let the painting begin!

In the past two days I’ve managed to sand down the thickened epoxy from Saturday, discover I needed more in a few places, apply it, sand it down, and go over the whole hull with 180 grit in preparation for priming. I meant to take a photo or twelve at that stage, but found myself with darkness approaching (and natural light in that shed is so much better than artificial) wanting to get the primer on, so I pressed on.

The primer is thinner than I expected (of course maybe if I had thinned it less it wouldn’t be? I don’t know for sure), so I think I’ll do a second coat tomorrow. I have just about enough left out of the quart I bought (one of the beauties of a small boat – a little goes a long way!) to do a second coat, and it’ll only add a day to the project, so what the heck? It’ll be a long time before I have her sanded out this nicely again, so I might as well take a little longer and do the job as well as I can.

Here’s what she looks like tonight – not too exciting, and it seems odd to have worked so hard to get the white paint off, only to put it back on in the form of primer!

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