Compared to last week's increasing successes, Monday's first to coat on the starboard side was a setback. The cause was our failure to allow for the negative effects of direct sunlight as we painted. We began painting at 0730 but within 15 minutes, the rising sun shine directly on our work. It made things dry almost instantly and it hindered our ability to see three quality of the coat in the super brightness.
Despite the setback, I was able to sand out yesterday's flaws this morning. We will resume with coat two today, shifting our work schedule to paint in late afternoon when that side of the boat is in shade. We will have to deal with temperatures 20 degrees warmer in the afternoons, and the risk of evening dew arriving before the paint has dried enough. Sigh.
One reader wanted to know why we don't spray. For one thing, we have zero experience at spraying. For another, you can't spray paint in a boat yard unless you are in an enclosed shelter that stops spray from drifting to other boats. In this yard, the only shelter is owned by the professional painter.
I ordered sanding discs for the post paint polishing. 800, 1200, 1500, and 2000 grit. They should arrive today. Tomorrow, we can paint starboard while polishing port.