With the topsides done I’ve begun prepping SWALLOW’S bottom for antifouling paint.
So far I’ve sanded topside paint off the hull from the current waterline up to the new 3″ higher line.
Along most of he bottom of her keel SWALLOW has a steel shoe. The lowest gudgeon and pintle are also steel (rest of the hull hardware is mari bronze). Steel obviously rusts in Puget Sound’s saltwater. I’ve removed existing rust and treated these locations with Pettit RustLok.
With the above completed I next applied one coat of Pettit’s Protect barrier coat to the new waterline areas and over the steel pieces painted with RustLok.
Not done yet! Along the interface between the steel shoe and keel in places there is a slight gap. I’ve filled this with Pettit EZ-Fair (in the above photos EZ-Fair is the white stuff along the bottom of the keel). Once this epoxy product kicks I’ll sand things smooth and it will be time, when it stops raining, for more coats of Protect barrier coat.