Primer Undercoat …done!

This is an update that we have been looking forward to posting for a long time.

We have discovered that paint days are an emotional rollercoaster. Long, physically challenging and very smelly (paint thinner lingers, even after a hot shower), but also very satisfying. After months of prep work, without much outward sign of progress, suddenly, within a few days, our girl is transformed.


For the technically minded, we are using the Jotun system. Three coats of Penguard HB two-part epoxy undercoat. This will be followed by two coats of two pack polyurethane topcoat. Weather permitting, we will be applying topcoat Tuesday – Wednesday next week.

The horizontal surfaces will be painted with Tredgrip, a rubberised non-slip coating, that also helps with deck insulation.

Another glamorous day at the office for my amazing wife. She had no idea what she was letting herself into when we began this project, but she has never flinched.
These were long and physically demanding days. It took around seven hours non-stop for each coat to the hulls / under bridge deck, and five hours for the decks, turret and cockpit. Once the paint is mixed it’s not possible to stop for a smoko! I have not used an airless spray system, but I have been told, they may reduce the spray time considerably.

For applying the paint we use a 10L pressure pot, which is excellent, as it enables us to do a full day spraying without re-mixing. Penguard has an eight-hour pot life. The downside of this system is how long it takes to clean up, around an hour, which is critical for a spray setup.

The “Alien” look hood is my fresh air supply.

I use a rather excellent, and relatively inexpensive supplied-air system called Breath Cool, from Turbine Products in the US. This was purchased a few years ago before the Australian government decided to slap GST and import duty on online-sales, so the cost may now be prohibitive, but I can recommend the product. I am attached via a 100-foot pipe, to the small turbine which is located well away from the paint fumes and over-spray.

Up on the turret. Between the 10L paint pot air hose, plus the fresh air supply, I was dragging around a lot of hose. It was necessary for Deb to tag along, managing the hoses so I could move as quickly as possible between each area. Working out how to avoid wet paint, was also a consideration.

Following is a few shots of the finished primer coat.


10 thoughts on “Primer Undercoat …done!

  1. Pete and Deb – looking beautiful! (Not you of course). What an incredible transformation and it really is a milestone. Good on you.


    • Hi guys. For sure: paint is one of those milestone events, with a big lead time. Looking forward to getting the windows and hatches on, so we can finally get rid of the big tent. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with that thing for three years now!


  2. Dearest Pete and Deb Awesome…!!! What an achievement so far. Hats off to you guys, you are incredible and so very inspirational!! Looks amazing!!


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