The 3 exterior doors are now ready for paint, after about 20 hours of my time. A few days ago I soaked them with penetrating epoxy (4 coats at 1 hour intervals) and then let that cure for two days. I sanded them today to get a good smooth surface, scuffed and ready for paint.
|Sanding the penetrating epoxy so the high-build epoxy primer will|
get a good grab. It's a shame to paint these beautiful doors, but I want
a long lasting finish, and paint is the most durable and maintenance free.
I have rebuilt the salon sliding door upper track, and the side rail. Both were damaged on the trip up the coast. I have added several more screws to attach them to the wall, and I'm using 3M 5200 fast-cure marine structural adhesive/caulk to attach them. They will NOT come loose again! They will get painted white, just like the doors, very soon. I cut (made) some mahogany wood plugs to fill the screw holes yesterday. One last tighten of the screws in the morning, after the 5200 has cured. Then I can glue in the plugs, trim them flush, and then soak it all with penetrating epoxy in preparation for the two-part epoxy paint.
|The upper door frame reattached. It is VERY solid now.|
|Close-up of the door stopper. This broke off during the trip up|
from California. The door slammed into it over and over again
in rough seas. It now has it's own big screw attaching it to the wall.
I am just about done with the stern navigation light mount. It's been a ton of work. Way more time has gone into making this than I expected. But hey, it's a boat, so that's par for the coarse.
|The new light pod, almost ready to be painted. A little more work with the|
finishing filler and I'll be done.