Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #35: Paint and Varnish

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 07-25-2020 12:59 AM 530 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Lots of Roller and Brush Work

This morning I painted the hull flat green with Parker Coatings duck boat paint. I noticed that I had rushed the primer cure a bit since I had some rub marks in the primer from the cradles. I let it go since that area is going to get scraped up quickly in use anyways.

I switched from the mohair roller I had used with the thicker primer and used a foam roller for the paint. I knew from past experience with the product that the paint is quite thin. The foam roller gave me one-coat coverage on the hull. The boat will receive maintenance coats after I’ve used and abused it, so I won’t apply a second coat of paint now.

I sanded the seven spray deck components to 220 grit this morning and applied the first of three coats of marine varnish this afternoon. I used existing screw and bolt holes to raise one side off the table so I could varnish both sides at once. That works well if you’re disciplined to not apply the varnish too thick. I use Tried and True satin marine varnish that I order from Raka in Florida. I’ve used this on my teardrop camper, my wife’s kayak, and lot of boat accessories. It’s a very forgiving, low VOC varnish that is pleasant to work with. You can go through three coats without sanding, if you don’t wait too long between coats.

Fit the rudder.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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