The deck job is the last big remaining project on Lucy Maru. When we put down the new plywood last year, like good little boat workers, we epoxied and primered the deck thinking we were going to paint it. Since then we have found SaniTred, a two part rubber that we will use instead of paint to completely waterproof the deck. When using this rubber however, it is best to apply it to a raw surface, bare wood, metal, concrete etc., so that it permeates into the surface itself . This is a bummer for us, since that means we have to sand all our primer and epoxy off first.
Now I heard somewhere, that as a method of torturing prisoners, the prison guards would have the inmates build something only to tear it down, repeating the cycle of building and destruction until the mental state of said prisoners would be near collapse itself. I thought of this story often as I proceeded in sanding off the primer that I so carefully applied, wondering if this is the time I will succumb to the torture of boatwork.
Only one thing saved me. Ok two. One was that Travis sanded most of the deck. Yeah!
And two was a revolutionary idea and technique that made the work possible, even... not terrible. Ready. Ta da... sanding by foot. Now I hesitate to broadcast this patent worthy idea so freely, but the wave of enthusiasm cannot be stopped. I'm thinking sanding shoes, adjustable size, with vacuum attachment of course. Read while you sand. Dance while you sand. Sand, sand, sand all day long! DeWalt are you reading this?