Admiral Hornblower

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    Sailing and wooden boat building

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  1. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Thank you, as always! I'll give it a go with the rougher grit. LOL
  2. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    hi again! I feel embarrassed that i didn't say this before but I think the main reason the paint didn't feel smooth enough is that, the paint has orange peel! I assumed I would be able to sand it out, but I am not having much luck. The pic below is after sanding with 1000 grit wet n' dry sandpaper with water all it seems to be able to do is sand off the tops of the bumps... which creates that speckled look of light and dark Sorry to bother you guys again with my questions again It does seem like I'm learning things the hard way! Anyway, I did some Googling on orange peel and it seems like this phenomenon is common in ametur paint jobs, which made me feel a little better. slowly but surely i'm learning and any tips you guys have are very appreciated!
  3. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Thanks!
  4. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    The paint itself, not the hull. I just wanted to sand it with very fine grit so it felt a bit more smooth. It's hard to explain, it feels smooth, just not that slick, silky surface I am looking for. I assumed it was customary to sand with fine grit after the last coat of paint. It would be great if @dburchfiel would step in because I know he has recently painted his 505 and should have some tips.
  5. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    I am not quite pleased with how smooth the hull is yet and i supposed sanding the hull with fine grit sandpaper like 600 800 ect; would do the job... but I have noticed that whenever I sand that paint it loses its sheen, which I certainly don't want! Any suggestions?
  6. Admiral Hornblower

    Laser deck soft spots?

    Thanks for your answers everyone, I'll just live with the bumps like your suggesting.
  7. Admiral Hornblower

    Laser deck soft spots?

    I found the post above in the Laser Forum, what do you guys think of that method?
  8. Admiral Hornblower

    Laser deck soft spots?

    "If you don't mind drilling into your deck...... Find the smallest drill bit you can find known to man. Measure no more than 2mm from the head of the drill bit so you have a measure of how far to drill (You don't want to go right through the deck. Very carefully drill a hole into the centre of the soft section. Then find a mixing syringe with a needle about the same size as the drill bit. Then simply fill up the gap in with glass resin. Try not to over fill your hole for a neat finish. You can then put a drop of gell coat over the top and cover with tape for that final finsh, but if your hole is neat and you dont overfill you may not even notice".
  9. Admiral Hornblower

    Farr 3,7

    That is absolutely gorgeous!
  10. Admiral Hornblower

    Laser deck soft spots?

    So these bumps are just cosmetic, they will not affect the structural integrity of the boat?
  11. Admiral Hornblower

    Laser deck soft spots?

    Just noticed these strange little bumps on the deck... are they soft spots? is there a way to flatten them?
  12. Admiral Hornblower

    ILCA gives LPE the boot... seeking new Laser builder

    Great photos! This is me having a blast on my old 73' laser also, on a beautiful summer evening.
  13. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Finished painting the laser today, looks awesome.
  14. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Applied the second coat today with a lot more thinner, about 3% it turned out much better than the first coat, but it definitely could have used more thinner, I'll try 4-5% for the next coat. I'm quite pleased though, since this is my first go at painting a boat! I suppose Gov is pissed off that I didn't take his advice...
  15. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Update! After much deliberation I decided that I would paint the laser. First I sanded the scratches out as best as I could with 120 grit and in some areas even 40 grit ( don't cringe) I still had to fill numberless scratches with Bondo though. Then I sanded the entire boat again finer grit, then I cleaned it, and finally, got rid of any dust. I then applied a coat of Primer https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-207014-Marine-Fiberglass-Primer the next day I sanded it, first with 220 then 400. Today, I applied the first coat of topcoat https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-Available-207005-Topside-Battleship/ (with thinner) using the roll'n tip method. I plan to apply at least 2 more coats. there is obviously a bit of orange peel, I was planning on knocking it out with sanding...correct? when rolling and tipping properly is it expected to have orange peel? thanks, Adm.H