Hull of a job
Tony Davies describes how to prep, fair and paint the outside of an old glassfibre hull
Preparing, fairing and painting the glassfibre hull of a 50-yearold sea fisher
Preparing the outside of the hull meant removing all the old paint, tar and whatever else had been applied in the past. While the hull was still relatively empty and light we decided the easiest way to get at the bottom was to careen the hull (or tip it over as far as we could get it!).
2 Using a synthetic bristle brush or a paint scraper as a palette knife, the Dilunette is applied as thickly as possible to the antifouling and left to react.
3 I like to leave it overnight but where the antifouling layer is thin a few hours will do the trick. For very heavy layers of antifouling more than one coat of stripper may be required.
1 If you don’t have access to slurry blasting the only safe way to remove antifouling is with a stripping solution. We’ve found this one – Dilunette from Owatrol – to be the most effective.