Get it? The grind? Cause I'm grinding. Oh, nevermind. I had to do a couple fixes and changes before I went further with the paint. I found a buch of sharp, protruding welds in various spots on the hull. I'm not trying to make a perfect yacht finish, but getting rid of these little sharp spots just make sense. They are gone now!
The other trouble spot looked like a damaged weld on the keel just beneath the prop. I used the grinder to take it down and make a 'V' notch so I could build the weld back up.
Here's some of the grinding tools I'm using today. I have a dewalt grinder with a brush wheel on it. That's nice for a quick prep for welding. The other one I got from a friend of mine for $20, thanks Milligan! It's been a great tool and my primary grinder for the past couple years. I used a cutoff wheel to remove the flatbar and thicker grinding wheel to smooth out the rough spots.
See, one of these don't look like the other one. I needed to make them like the on on the right. The nice thing about working with steel is the ability to cut, and weld thngs together. I screwed it up the first time and just cut it off and did it again!
While I was at it, I reinforced the other five of these and cleaned them up with the grinder. Tomorrow I'll rough them up with the sanding disc and paint on some primer. I plan to use some 3m epoxy filler to make a clean/smooth transition for water flow.
That's all for today. I discovered an Industrial supply store just down the street that I've driven by a hundred times and never noticed it. It's amazing, they have a huge warehouse full of steel and another full of tools! I'll have to go back and take some pictures, cause it's my new favorite store : )