The Finish Line

10/07/09 0 COMMENTS

The last 10% takes 90% of the time.
The last 10% takes 90% of the time.
The last 10% takes 90% of the time.
The last 10% takes 90% of the time.
The last 10% takes 90% of the time.

This sentence has been repeating itself in my mind for hours during the past few weeks.  Why?  Because I am sanding again.  Living in the Northwest created a bit of a temperature obstacle for me when it came to finishing the outside of the jPod.  It was simply too cold to do it until mid June.

I am highly motivated to get the jPod’s exterior sealed up in the next couple of weeks.  Senior Management and I will attend her cousin’s wedding and we’d like to use the jPod as our living quarters.  Doing this would keep us out of the family’s way as they prepare for a wedding.  Plus, it gives us a test run of the trailer in safe conditions.  I have watched my poll on the jPod website and the North Idaho Panhandle seems to be winning.  This is where the wedding is so we’ll make good on this.

Here is a brief outline of my progress towards finishing the exterior of the jPod.

  • Added bolts to the fenders
  • Finished skinning the Galley hatch
  • 2 coats of epoxy on the Galley hatch
  • prepped the cabin doors for epoxy
  • sanded forever
  • Applied another primer coat to the jPod
  • sanded, epoxied, & primed the door jams & galley seal surfaces
  • Sanded the primer
  • Applied the Brightside Exterior finish

Nathan volunteered to help apply the Brightside Exterior paint today.  His help was invaluable.  Brightside is not like any paint product I have used before.  It is made to be used on the exterior of boats.  I applied a thin layer of the paint to the trailer with a foam roller.  The roller left thousands of bubbles in the finish.  Nathan followed my rolling with a paintbrush & tipped all of the bubbles.  This left light brush-marks in the finish.  However, as we worked we noticed that Brightside doesn’t lie when they say that their product will self level.  It did and there are no brush marks showing.  After only one coat of paint it looks awesome.  It takes 17 hours to dry so there will be no work on the jPod until noon tomorrow but the wait is well worth it.

Looking back on this project, so far, I must say that an aluminum sheeted finish would be much faster than using the epoxy.  However, I love the look of the Brightside Marine paint.  If I were to do it again… I don’t know which finish I’d choose.

There are some pictures added to Body: Exterior which documents the process.

Here’s a teaser:

Close Up of the galley Hatch

Close Up of the galley Hatch

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