| Today I made the
decision and sandblasted the flip up coaming doors, and the entry doors
for painting. Polished stainless would have been nice, but the area is
so large and would reflect the sun so much they would be a problem.
Besides, the stippled white look will match the 4 small cockpit seat
hatches we purchased. The doors were left polished SS at the edges where
gaskets will need to seal. This adds a nice look as well!
| Because of the cold,
they had to be left inside for several days to let the Ceram-Kote
completely dry. We mixed up a very small batch and question whether
there is enough hardener in the paint as it really hardened slowly. It
seems to be ok now though a week later, so Gena put on the aft top
hatches. (Photo at bottom of page) The doors need some more work.
The large door has foam trimmed level coated with "blue stuff" for a
seal. (photo right)
This will have a piece of white panel glued on to match the interior.
While in the sandblasting mood, I did the inside of some of the hatch lids. These will be painted underneath, but polished on top. ( Except the back hatch, which will be white to match everything else around the cockpit.)
|The latches work well even without the
gasketing underneath. There is enough flex in the lid for them to close
The paint was rollered on so they even have grip to step on if necessary. It's obvious the center hatch into the aft stateroom must be white!
Unfortunately the track that spans across in front of all of this is ugly dark gray anodized aluminum.
7 hours: Finished coaming top access hatches and entry doors.