Masking tape on upper surfaces
Painting the boat’s interior was straightforward, but rather longwinded. First, I had to mask all of the upper surfaces that will be coated with epoxy when the decks are being joined to the hull. There were no complications, except I had to avoid leaving drips when I was painting underneath the sheer strakes and central supports for the deck panels.
I used International Pre-Kote which is an excellent undercoat suitable for one part finishes. The upper coat will be a warm off-white International Toplac, which I shall also have for the hull exterior. I may varnish her decks. I hesitate, because varnish takes more maintenance than paint, and exposes the wood to sunlight. Varnish also absorbs the suns rays, unlike a light coloured paint that reflects them.
750 ml of paint!
I was surprised that a 750 millilitre tin of paint was just enough to do the interior, excluding the underneath surfaces of the decks. I have yet to paint them.