Hull of a job

Tony Davies de­scribes how to prep, fair and paint the out­side of an old glass­fi­bre hull

Practical Boat Owner - - Contents -

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.

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