Bottom Finishing and Boat Painting #1922
I got my hands on a Douglas 1971 FS last fall and rushed to complete a CB and CB trunk repair in time to frostbite race it this past winter. It was a big job the lead was sticking out and not only was it delaminated but barnacles were in between the lead and the fiberglass pushing out the CB and making it tough to even get it out of the boat. Good news - I go it done and had a great winter.
I now have it flipped over in my yard and have spent the last week chiselling off and sanding layers of red bottom paint. I am now down to the light blue gelcoat. I found a long 3 foot gouge where it must have hit and scraped a rock that was repaired. The cut is through the gelcoat and you can see the fiberglass (but it is dry). There are actually a number of dings through the gelcoat that were filled and lots of old blister spots.
Taking advice from a friend I am going to use West Marine system epoxy 105 and fill in where needed, sand, and then apply one coating of that epoxy to the entire bottom. I am planning to repaint the red boot strap (red) and repaint the hull (carolina blue - light blue). Any suggestions on the order of what to do? I am not sure if I should put the thin coating of epoxy on the boot strap area as well. Someone said there was another epoxy product that would smooth it out the bottom as well- a black 2 system paint called Tar or something that could be put on after the West Marine epoxy and before painting. Also if I follow the boot strap imprint on the hull I will actually be putting topside paint on the bottom of the boat as it curves in towards the transom port and rudder.
I was going to epoxy the bottom, lightly sand, paint the boot strap, then use alblative blue paint on the bottom and then paint the blue hull before flipping it back over. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My major constraint is we have a Holy Communion party the beginning of May and my wife wants it out of there by then. I am trying to do the best I can, realizing it is an old boat and I want it mostly for recreational use with 4 kids and although I hope to have it a long time, I am not trying to break the bank with the ideal strategy.