I've got a WD10 on the stands -my first project- and I'm trying to prepare the hull for varnish. For the past week I've been locked into a nightmarish cycle of sanding and coating the hull over and over. The reason for this is whenever I was approaching a nice smooth 220 grit finish, I'd start to see the fiberglass weave here and there, so I'd recoat and resand. This has grown tiresome: I've gotten so comfortable in my gasmask I find myself starting dinner and taking showers with it on, a look I don't think my sweetheart really likes for me outside the shop, not to mention the difficulty eating and brushing teeth in such attire.
Today I called the shop and spoke to the latest saint to answer the phone at CLC (I'd like to see that phone sometime: is it red? Who gets to answer it? Do they draw straws? Are the funniest questions somehow noted on the wall nearby?). I explained to him that while I can see the weave in spots, it disappears when I wipe the boat down with a damp sponge, only to reappear when the surface dries off again. The surface is unbelievably satin smooth, not a hint of texture. He said that as long as the weave vanishes when the surface is damp, I could go ahead and varnish. I told him that was great news and laughed and told him I wish I'd called him a week ago.
So I'm posting this story here not just because I'm paranoid there might have been a misunderstanding but because I'm curious about what I'm seeing. Like I said, there isn't a hint of texture to the touch, so is the weave pattern I'm seeing somehow refractive, as in the epoxy coating diffuses the visible pattern just so long as it's of a certain microscopic thickness? Reassure me that I can indeed go ahead...please!