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I’ve had 2 part Awl Grip 545 epoxy primer around here since I ordered it in January and have been hesitant to use it. Well, after reading the instructions a few times and getting the prep work done, I decided to give it a go. 
 

I decided to prime the forward storage compartment and the forward flotation compartment. I know, the later will be sealed with foam but I just wanted to use these two areas as a testing pallet. 
 

Since the base was sitting since January, I used a paddle mixer as all the solids settled. This would have been very difficult hand mixing. I also bought large 150ml drawing syringes to meter out the paint and keep clean. 
 

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I mixed 4oz of base and 4oz of converter and let them induce according to the instructions for 15minutes. At this time, I added a bit under an ounce of T0031 brushing reducer, mixed and added to a small paint tray.

 

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I them used a small foam roller to apply. 
 

*The most important step*
Use a good vapor respirator with new cartridges and paint in a well ventilated space. While I’m quite lax using a mask in general (I will usually have one on while sanding), there is no way you should use this paint without one. I use the 3M 7500 series with the 6001 vapor pads and didn’t smell a thing while wearing it.

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4 hours ago, Justin C said:

I’ve had 2 part Awl Grip 545 epoxy paint around here since I ordered it in January and have been hesitant to use it. 
 


I think it is the finest primer for over epoxy there is.  It sands easily if within 24 hours or so and gets really hard later. Everything sticks to it, well, lots of stuff.

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I have been priming the interior over the past few weeks. I have also installed the aft corner knees and built stern brackets to support the aft well/seat. I’ll provide pictures shortly.

 

I am also going to install two stern eyes that I can use for tie-downs. 
 

What I need help is on wire runs. I am building a center console with steering, throttle and other electric. I need to run wire from aft to center, which will mainly go through the starboard flotation compartment. I would like to run some type of plastic pipe but need help with the fittings. Can anyone provide advice/links on a good product/method? I am also going to run forward navigation lights and would like to get the wires into a small run. My only option seems to be under the side stringer.

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Does anyone have experience spraying epoxy primer or epoxy paint?

 

I have access to a Graco battery powered airless sprayer and would like to give it a try. One issue I am trying to get answered from Graco is the use of flammable solvents in the sprayer. 
 

Any help is appreciated.

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I decided to install stern eyes to port and starboard. I marked the location on one side with a cardboard template and drilled holes larger then the eye shanks. I then flipped the template to the other side. I then eased the edges of the holes and got it covered with epoxy. 
 

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I laminated some thicker wood stock to the cross member in anticipation of installing rocket launchers there in the future. 
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I didn’t do any work over the winter season so now that the weather will be warm for the next 6months, I’ll make a push to get this project finished. 

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On 5/24/2021 at 9:37 PM, Hirilonde said:

The order one does things in sure can make a difference.

Yes, in both time and efficiency. I now realized I spent too much time smoothing out flotation compartments. So, while the forward compartment will not be ‘perfect’, it will be done and not take unnecessary time.

 

I think it did make up some time applying multiple coats of epoxy to pieces before assembling them. You can cover a lot fast with a roller vs a chip brush.

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This is a backing plate for the front of the center console that will hold the steering and other hardware.

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This small strip (as well as the backing plate) will be planed flush at the top to accept the top plate. The top plate will likely have a small handrail and compass. 
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Temps are in the upper 50s so I have hours of working time with the epoxy. 

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Laminating a backing block to the starboard and port interior of the center console. I left equal distance around the sides to allow for the corner fillets to be put in when installing the for and aft pieces to the center console.

 

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Happy Memorial Day!

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3” hole for a pvc wire run.

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Lightweight board insulation under the starboard seating. The pvc pipe will serve as a wire run from the outboard to the center console. 

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I’ll use these as templates for the port side then install them. I may use big gap filler foam to form the box then mix up some flotation foam to fill the rest of the compartment.

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