Ground shoe before or after paint

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by bobbrown, Feb 22, 2022.

  1. bobbrown
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    bobbrown Junior Member

    Ply on frame…edge tape and two 6 oz cloth. Bottom weave is filled and peel p,y over epoxy with some low density filler. Decided to use a epoxy/graphite bottom treatment.
    1/ should I use a straight epoxy barrier coat of epoxy underneath the graphite/epoxy bottom coats or is there enough epoxy in the bottom coat to seal.
    2/ should I bottom coat before applying a grounding shoe
  2. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    1. Not needed.
    2. The gounding plate doesn't get painted. So, you can paint around it. Epoxy graphite is hard enough to be under the plate, but ablatives are not and will break off.
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