So I've now applied what I hope will be the last coat of epoxy. This is after sanding and sanding down to 120 the previous coats of epoxy. I re-applied a very thin coat and now will sand with 220 grit to get rid of all the final little bumps and be ready for paint/varnish.
I just read this however in one of the website help topics:
"Remember, any wooden surfaces that are to be displayed under varnish must be sanded up to 220 grit prior to applying epoxy and fiberglass to eliminate the swirls caused by the sander."
I can't remember, because it was years ago when I was working with the bare wood (literally years)...but I DOUBT seriously that I sanded the wood with 220. I probably sanded it with 120 grit. I just can't remember.
My question is, have I screwed myself on this one? Will any varnish end up showing a huge number of swirls and craziness? It doesn't look swirly when wet...nor does the epoxy show that many swirls (because of the last coat).
I suppose there is no going back at this point so what is done is done, but it will have some bearing on whether I paint the hull or have a bright finish for the whole thing.
Last question for now: After I've epoxied and sanded the hull and combing down to 220, is it time to paint/varnish? Or am I forgetting some kind of step in between. I assume the deck fittings are put on after the paint/varnish, as will be the seat/knee braces/carry toggles/bungie/etc. I guess maybe I'm just so amazed that I might be nearly done with sanding and epoxying I can't believe I'm ready to move on to finishing. What am I forgetting to do?