Monday, April 5, 2010

Sanding Orange Peel

Sanding, sanding and more sanding. I guess I am just not happy with the way that the paint layed down on the bottom of the boat. Using the roller for application will leave an orange peel texture that needs to removed if you really want to get that shine when you buff. The only way that I know of is to sand out this bumpy texture. I am sanding with 400 and 600 grit wet sandpaper and will increase to 1500 grit. I am using soapy water, changing it often and wiping the surface down as I go.

The shinny area has not been sanded yet. The dull areas have all been sanded. Once sanded with 400 grit I will add another layer of paint and they sand the entire boat one more time. I am hoping this will be the last time. I will need to be less aggressive by using a finer grit sandpaper so I don't go too deep into the paint. This is a long process because it takes about 6-8 hrs of sanding between coats and a week for the paint to cure each time. I think this bottom photo shows you a more accurate color of the burgundy paint color.