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28281Re: [Michalak] Fiberglass/Epoxy Over Paint

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  • Martin Houston
    Aug 1, 2013
      You need to sand to bare wood or you are wasting your epoxy. The coating is only as good as the weakest layer which would be the paint. You have a lot of work in the boat, just do a little more & sand her down. You will have a tough bottom & will not regret it. My Daddy said "There are no stupid questions except those that don't get asked."

      From: shooter1941 <cbuxton41@...>
      To: Michalak@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, August 1, 2013 6:45 PM
      Subject: [Michalak] Fiberglass/Epoxy Over Paint

      Hello All,
      I have just completed building (except for rigging) JM's Mayfly14 as my initial sojourn into boatbuilding. I read the forum everyday and have learned a great deal from the interesting and informative discussions that are posted.

      Since I don't intend to sail her in the ocean, only in small lakes in NH, I opted not to glass the bottom to save cost and time a decision of which I am now having some regrets. I have done some minor damage to the bottom just when transferring her in and out of my garage. I did glass the chines/bottom joint as per JMS instructions.

      Hoping everyone on the forum observes the adage "there is no such thing as a stupid question', I will proceed with my inquiry.

      Is it now possible to glass the bottom over the paint or will I have to sand it all off and get back to bare wood before doing so.?

      I freely admit my decision not to glass the bottom was a classic case of "penny wise ...pound foolish" as I can now foresee continual labor repairing scrapes dings in the bottom which would not occur with a glassed bottom.

      Any advice on this inquiry would be greatly appreciated.
      Thank you,

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