My goal (not always realized) is to have a smooth matte surface of epoxy, sanded to 220 grit, and then cleaned and wiped with a tack cloth to remove dust. Then varnish.Scuff marks in the wood prior to the first coat. Should they all be gone? Stand back 3'?
The first coat went well. A couple of small "holidays", but I was afraid of going back over and making it too thick so I left for the second coat. I think the second coat I will try the roller versus foam brush. I started with the foam brush on the coaming and stuck with it.My goal (not always realized) is to have a smooth matte surface of epoxy, sanded to 220 grit, and then cleaned and wiped with a tack cloth to remove dust. Then varnish.
If you are wondering about the appearance after varnishing, you can get an idea by wetting the scuff with alcohol. Normally I'd suggest paint thinner but I feel that the thinner residue would interfere with any epoxy 'patching' you might want to do before proceeding with the varnish.
I think it needs to sit more before taping. I was taping the middle of the stripe, and it seemed to be pulling up the varnish. For the last few coats I used the edge of the stripe as the tape line. So when I did the deck I taped just below the stripe. Doing the side/keel I taped just above it on the deck. That seems to be working better.As I sit and wait for public launch facilities to reopen, I've thought about a statement I made earlier about the accent stripe not needing protection by varnish. I made my way out to the multipurpose room (garage) where my unlaunched boat is stored and waiting just to check whether or not I did apply varnish. I did varnish over the tape stripe! So much time has elapsed, I'd forgotten. I can't offer an explanation as to why your black pinstripe doesn't hold varnish. I didn't scuff mine before varnishing; maybe your pinstripe is varnish-adverse?View attachment 8756
These are vinyl adhesive logo graphics - same stuff folks use on powerboats and sailboats?3. I finally received graphics I ordered for my stern that would go on the hull, right about the waterline. How would I do this? Do I need to remove all the varnish in that area first? Too much of a pain?
That is a pretty boat.So... after the trouble of figuring out how to varnish the tape someone pointed out that you put the tape on AFTER you varnish. That way you can replace it every year.
So.... how do I go about removing it? I will probably do this over the winter and add another coat of varnish. At least to the keel with the scuff marks.