When sanding, I would avoid going any deeper than the gel coat. I would not wan to thin out the glass. They recommend using a horizontal sander to avoid making the hull less flat. The problem is they require a lot of air.
Bondo makes a putty for those pinholes it comes in a tube and requires no mixing. I think they are caused by air bubbles in your mix.
The 100 on the orbital left swirls I just wasn't happy with. So I went lower. Probably a waste of time but oh well.All that sanding and patch work brings back memories!
FYI, I only sanded with the hungry 80 grit. That 200 and 400 is a waist of time. The primer and paint are thick IMO there is no reason to use the finer paper at that stage. You could consider wet sanding the primer with 200 prior to paint.
Are you going to flip her over and delete the bottom paint? That's also a whole lot of fun!
Go to harbor freight and pick up one of the mechanics creepers so you can easily roll around on your back!The 100 on the orbital left swirls I just wasn't happy with. So I went lower. Probably a waste of time but oh well.
Not going to flip it. Going to go the old fashioned way and lay on my back. Really excited about that process..... Not getting rid of the bottom paint, there's currently 4 layers of it on. Going to take it down to the base layer, then roll on new bottom paint. I don't plan on leaving this boat in the water, but I may for a day or two from time to time.
No I didn't. I used a TON of fairing compound so the boat was really smooth the begin with. My plan was to start with 545 and see what low spots I was working with, then go high build, then 545 before topcoat. But it looks so good with just one coat of 545 I decided to just do 3 coats of it and then top coat. The boat has wavyness in the hull sides and I knew that it wouldn't be perfect anyways so i'm just doing what I think looks bestNice progress! Did you use high build or start with 545?