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    Posted: 17 Oct 2016 at 10:25am
First, although experienced with forums,  I am a newbie to this one,  and so I apologize if these are oft asked questions, but as with other forum software, the search feature is less than perfect Wink.
Also, I am very familiar with proper prep and application of paints - many years a professional with architectural coatings.

My 40+ y.o. Marshall Sandpiper was new to me last summer and so is proper maintenance of fiberglass boats.

Today's questions relates to changing color of the Brightside in the cockpit (not seat tops and floor - yet). The paint on the sides of the interior hull, centerboard trunk, and seat risers is in very good condition. Wanting to avoid paint build up, I want to sand the existing top coat (one of the beige colors) until the previous substrate (white) starts showing through.
I've read the prep recommendations: "Remove surface contamination by wiping down with Interlux® Brushing Liquid 333 or Special Thinner 216. Abrade with 220-320-grit sandpaper."
As I plan to remove all of the existing surface (and thus existing surface contamination), I was wondering if that initial wiping is necessary. I do understand that wiping and tacking is imperative after the final finish sanding with 320, that wiping and tacking is imperative. (I am assuming wet sanding with 320 would be best)

Also, I note that dry times between coats have a minimum, but no maximum. This leads me to believe that adhesion of all coats is a mechanical one not a chemical one. If after the first coat the weather turns, can I wait until next spring with no adhesion issues -provided I follow proper decontaminating, sanding, and tacking?

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So doing a little bit of deeper research of this forum, I surmise the ship has been abandoned. No hands left aboard, a ghost ship adrift on the waters.

If anyone spots this derelict vessel and is willing to toss a line, please advise as to a forum that is still being manned with able bodies willing to help?

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