We've owned our SkipperLiner for going on 9 years now. Has a steel semi-V hull, dead-flat at the stern, 9° up front. I'm fixing to pull the boat this weekend after 3-1/2 years in the water for some much needed maintenance, the biggie being sandblasting the hull to inspect and repair anything if needed and finishing up with coal tar epoxy.
Not sure if I'm going to do the sandblasting or pay to have it done. For simply the money's sake, I'd rather do it myself. I have access to a diesel blaster with all the goodies, but I don't have a lot of free time, so I'd be doing this on weekends until weather doesn't permit.
Regardless of who does it- What is needed before applying the coal tar? Is primer necessary? If so, what type? If not, what kind of prep is needed to the bare metal immediately before applying the coal tar? Are there different types or grades of coal tar epoxy? Is anti-fouling paint needed?
thanks in advance!