Restoring Vela: Episode 7 – Applying TotalProtect Epoxy Primer

With Vela’s decks and cabin house on and fiberglassed, it’s time to apply primer and get a look at the new surfaces to gauge how much filling and fairing needs to be done. TotalProtect Epoxy Barrier Coat Primer is used on a number of Vela’s surfaces both above and below the waterline and the team makes quick work of getting the boat ready for some paint pros who will grind and prime Vela’s hull. Check out the progress aboard this 1965 Graves Constellation as she’s restored from stem to stern.

When the new deck was built onto Dan Shea’s beautiful deck beams and carlins, the edge of the plywood deck and fiberglass was pretty rough, requiring some serious grinding and then filling. The new deck to hull joint required some thought and skill, and we show you how they accomplished a perfect result. Pro yacht painters from Itchiban were called on to the job to prime the hull and then the boat went back to the TotalBoat workshop for some more paint and even more love. But you’ll have to wait for the next episodes to see what more can be done to beautify this great older hull. Stay tuned!

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