Saturday, April 14, 2012

Getting the blues

Wrinkles came to us with her original name heavily painted onto both sides of the hull. Whoever painted the names really did a fantastic job. The paint was thick and solid. B went to work removing the old names after researching the possible methods available. Surprisingly several of the pros said to use E-Z Off Oven Cleaner (non-lemon scented) to remove the paint without harming the gel coat. B prepped the area and sprayed on a coat of the cleaner expecting this job to take quite a while. After just 5 minutes she wiped away the foam and most of the paint came with it. It only took a couple of applications to remove the paint and it required almost no elbow grease. She called it a Rice Krispy Treat job.
The old name just won't go away
Then it was my turn to try to get rid of the dreaded shadow. After trying the cleaners, rubbing compound and finally fine wet sandpaper I was willing to admit defeat. After 24 years the paint was going to leave a shadow no matter what.
I should tell you that when we started sailing Brenda only had one requirement on the boats I brought home. She said I could buy any boat I wanted so long as it had a blue hull. Our first real sailboat, a Com-Pac 16, came with a faded blue hull that I was able to buff back to a nice shine. Good husband! The next sailboat came home with a white hull and a brown stripe. Bad husband. So of course when I went out to buy a Com-Pac 23 it was blue right? Well, not exactly. Wrinkles came home with a white hull and a faded brown stripe. Bad husband who doesn't learn.
Ok, now you know why said husband is repainting Wrinkles with a white stripe and a shiny royal blue hull. At least I hope the blue will be shiny.

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