June 28, 2013
The Berthon paint crew have just given JOLT II, the Reichel/Pugh Baltic 45 Custom, a full exterior re-vamp.
Her original magenta colour very much belied her pedigree as well as her high-tech construction and exotic hull laminate specification. Initial preparations got underway in the North Paint Shed, where a number of areas that required filling and fairing were dealt with. A week of intensive work later, she was ready for epoxy priming…
This really lifted the appearance of the topsides as a whole. The epoxy primer was then cured for 24 hours at a maintained 25 degrees centigrade in order to achieve sufficient hardness for sanding.
A light rub down and wash off later, and she was ready for re-masking in our state-of-the-art glossing booth. After a final wipe down with surface cleaner and lint free cloth, the Awlcraft 2000 Dark Grey Topcoat was applied, followed by a further 3 coats of Awlcraft 2000 clearcoat.
And just 24 hours later, having been cured at 40 degrees centrigrade for 15 hours overnight, a totally transformed, yet totally elegant racing snake emerged with some rather impressive depth to the gloss finish on those spectacular lines… How cool is she?
The entire painting process was completed within a two week period.
Following some additional engineering and routine maintenance works, JOLT II will shortly be re-launched and made ready for this year’s Cowes Week Regatta, after which she will head off to the Mediterranean to enjoy the Voiles de St Tropez before she and her crew enjoy a winter racing season in the Caribbean. Not envious at all…!!!