This is purely archival, do not feel obliged to read it.
I am at the boatyard at 8:30 and immediately start to paint.
This is the first real topcoat – just Toplac and thinners. So here is the deal; this paint is very high maintenance. To achieve a smooth coat, the paint has to be in a good mood. Toplac likes thinners, but not too much and, you guessed it, not too little.
Heat makes the thinners evaporate very quickly and so, in the high temperature environment in which I work, the paint is constantly changing mood. One moment he/she is smiling and cooperative and then suddenly, he/she is stiff and difficult. I crave low temperature.
Tabata san and Kiyuna san foregather to discuss how we can find a high cradle to allow center plate fun.
One of the landmarks, certainly from the sea, of Okinawa are two huge towers/pylons, whose function has always remained secret. So that no one finds out, they are being dismantled.
Anyway by 11:30 there is no point carrying on. The paint is unmanageable and I am dizzy from heat exposure.
Regrettably, it will only get hotter over the next 6 months so I will just have to tough it out if I want to get the boat in the water this year.