Blog Sometimes it takes
two attempts to make things perfect
When the company was founded, I was the program coach for Bishop O’Connell Rowing. This made it easy to find boats to repair. Our first sweep boat was the “White Knight” which at the time was known as the “Ichigan”.
A boat bought by O’Connell and previously owned by Michigan Rowing, it’s a Vespoli bow loaded 4+
When we first worked on it, it was a full paint job with body work that needed carbon. The paint job was terrible – orange peels along the gunnel, poor quality paint and runs around the bow and stern. At the time, it was our best work…though it was our first time ever painting a job. We didn’t know what we were doing. I hate to admit it – but its true.
Fast forward a year and a half later and we have this finished product.
What did we do different? We took our time.
It was my job to sand the entire boat down to original primer – this task took awhile but once completed we found all the imperfections. From there I used high quality body filler and ran down the boat again with 320grt sand paper. Once completed, I chased it again with scotch bright pad and smoothed out the edges. Andy then took over with white primer and blocked sanded.
We decided to go with a 2 stage paint because O’Connell wanted the wet sanded bottom finish. Joe took over and taped the water line and used 600grt sand paper – we waited a week after the paint was cured so we had a good base to work off. Once completed, I ran down the edge with 800 and 600grt sand paper.
The result is seen here.
This ranks in the top 5 of finished work for our company and we are so excited to see the reaction of the owners!