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mjw101081
11-14-2007, 06:30 PM
Well, I was able to make it to the tail end of the re-union over at BAWS and seein all those boats made me think about getting to work on mine. I am going to rely heavily on the guidance of this site so please chime in at any given time.

mjw101081
11-14-2007, 06:46 PM
more to follow

mjw101081
11-14-2007, 06:47 PM
more before pics

mjw101081
11-14-2007, 06:50 PM
sticker and pinstripe removal plus rubbing compound down back half of boat.

tonyball
11-14-2007, 06:53 PM
That doesn't look that bad. I would love to have a project like that to work on this winter. Keep us posted on your progress, I am excited to get an idea as to what I am in for!! I am looking for a tristar project as we speak! I decided to walk away from this one:http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=20201

mjw101081
11-14-2007, 06:55 PM
here is an idea of what the discoloration situation is. I am beginning to think I have got to wet sand. At this point I will follow the most appropriate and cost effective methods you guys tell me to use. So...in case you are unsure, your input is needed at this point. I have a 10" orbital that i can use, FYI.

I should clarify that the bottom right pinstripe area has already gone through rubbing compound with 10" orbital. after which i pulled the rest of the pin stripe to have an idea of what i am working with. It has not been waxed...

I guess what I want to know is if I should persue the wet sand route or go back over with rubbing compound. I also know that the area around the exhaust is gonna need more than rubbing compound to even come close to same white as the sides.

mjw101081
11-14-2007, 06:59 PM
I love my boat and am so glad that fate brought me to mastercraft.

TMCNo1
11-14-2007, 07:39 PM
This thread may help, http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=3167
And this one, http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=12550, by Shepherd, just about everything is covered including the trailer refurb.

Jim@BAWS
11-14-2007, 08:30 PM
I love my boat and am so glad that fate brought me to mastercraft.


Let me help...graphics, getting the color back to original can all be done
I have the GRAPHICS available to you

Jim@BAWS

mjw101081
11-15-2007, 11:55 AM
this is the side i have worked so far with rubbing compound only

mjw101081
11-15-2007, 11:59 AM
I have yet to remove the pin striping and decals but this is similar to what the first side looked like.

pilot02
11-15-2007, 12:01 PM
more before pics

I believe I have some of the decals your going to need. I purchased a lot from Jim at BAWS last year and I'm pretty sure the white Tri Star decals for the back (different from mine) are there as well as possibly the red Mastercraft decals for the sides. I was changing the color scheme on mine and we thought we had a match but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for and there are also 2 different versions of the actual "Tri Star" see the pics below. The pic in this frame is how it is now, the next frame is a pic from "before" the re gelcoat and decal changes.

pilot02
11-15-2007, 12:29 PM
Before.
As you can see, the design of my tristar decals is different from yours...

mayo93prostar
11-15-2007, 12:54 PM
mjw, it looks good so far. keep up the good work. I suggest you try some cleaner to get that brown stain off instead of rubbing compound. Mary and Kate On/Off stuff works great and others on here have used something with "slime" in the name. I also suggest try the wet sanding per instructions on here someplace in an area and see what it does. how about more before pics of the interior, engine, and trailer.

BrianM
11-15-2007, 01:13 PM
As mayo said hit that brown stuff woth some on/off then go back with the compound. What kind of compound are you using? Also what kind of pad are you using on the orbital? I had very good results with a high quality wool pad using the 3m Super Duty rubbing Compound. It took off some nasty stains and oxidation. A couple of passes with that then move on to the 3M Finesse It polish. then follow up with wax. The boat looks to be in pretty good shape. Nice winter project. I am looking for another one of those.

roddydog
11-15-2007, 01:14 PM
That's actually a pretty sweet lookin' boat!!

Keep postin'pics!!

mjw101081
11-15-2007, 05:06 PM
before any body work on the other side

mjw101081
11-15-2007, 05:12 PM
The dash panel is a major concern of mine. The plate for the toggle switches is in bad shape and is barely hanging on. The steering wheel, although solidly afixed, wiggles. Most of the guage holes are cracked and threaten to fall through like the temp guage. And the back section of my engine box (cup holders and such) is breaking into plastic bits underneath the vinyl covering.

SaltwaterMC
11-15-2007, 05:15 PM
I would suggest using FSR (Fiberglass Stain Remover) on the bottom of the boat where the brown stains are. That stuff is pretty amazing. We have it over at BAWS if you are planning to make a trip over there.

mjw101081
11-15-2007, 05:22 PM
I will need some guidance on what to do about that dash and engine cover piece. I picked up some sand paper today and will commence with that end, time permitting.
As a side note, I love doing this and wish I could get paid to do it. Alas lack of experience and know how might be a crutch. Personally though having this site to rely on makes me feel I could do pretty much anything pertaining to this boat with some internet help. Are there jobs out there that will pay for someone to, lets say, apprentice? Or is it all clouded by the coporate world?

stuartmcnair
11-15-2007, 05:28 PM
the rocker panel switch is proving to be impossible to find...mine has the broken corners on it as well and no one has that part.

BrianM
11-15-2007, 05:33 PM
The panels for the switches will have to be made. I made some for my '88 Prostar out of some Lexan. A local plastics place should be able to find you something that will work. the ones I made were slightly shineier than stock but worked well and looked great. You will however lose the labeling. You could probably take your fabricated panels to a trophy shop to have them engraved. The panels are simple enough to make since the plastic can be cut and drilled easily enough. The material should cost you about $20. I made about 6 blanks out of the piece of scrap. Used one for my boat and gave a bunch away.

Here is a photo. I made the one on the left for the hour meter and ignition. you can see how it had just a little more shine.

BrianM
11-15-2007, 05:38 PM
And a close up.

tonyball
11-15-2007, 05:41 PM
That looks very good, keep up the good work man!!

mjw101081
11-15-2007, 05:42 PM
understandably its plastic, but where does one go to find that kind of stuff?

BrianM
11-15-2007, 05:52 PM
I found a place around here in the yellow pages under 'plastic' You may also try a trophy shop. They can probably provide you with what you need as well.

Here is a place on the net that sells Lexan sheet. Says you can call for a quote on sizes. http://www.piedmontplastics.com/html/prodname-LEXAN_Polycarbonate_Sheet-349.htm

mjw101081
11-16-2007, 07:02 PM
Engine start in paradise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9G5oC54zYg

mjw101081
11-17-2007, 11:07 PM
before and after 400 grit

mjw101081
11-25-2007, 12:53 AM
I removed the steering wheel and started taking photos of the guages and positions. I am going to epoxy the back and let it dry over night. I removed each guage and switch one by one and rewired each individually. I also taped and labeled all switches.

mjw101081
11-25-2007, 01:19 AM
I need new reset buttons for my accessory panel. The threads that attach the protective rubber button covers are all rotten or broken. Can i get them anywhere? BAWS DIM?

mjw101081
11-25-2007, 11:35 AM
the dash post removal

damaged442
11-25-2007, 01:49 PM
You're doing a great job! My gelcoat looked a bit like yours when I got my Tristar. I used On/Off followed by 3M Gelcoat restorer and wax and went at it with the buffer. It takes a while but the ends justify the means.

Jim @ BAWS, how much for a graphics set?

mjw101081
11-26-2007, 03:09 PM
I went to American Plastics and got some material to remake my accessory plates. 7 dollars for the sheets. I got enough to make two just in case. I used just the tools pictured and cut, ground, and sanded my way to a couple of finished products. It took approximately two hour. 3/8 is the larger drill bit.

mjw101081
11-27-2007, 05:49 PM
Found my 20 10 8 5 8 amp circuit breakers at T A Mahoney's. Jim I tried callin 4 times today and no answer, I swear. Gonna have to remake my switch panels and use the other side of the plastic (smoother). My painting pen bleeds a little too much for the lettering to look good. I am glad I got extra.

mjw101081
11-27-2007, 06:16 PM
I see how many views this thread has so I know that someone is watching. Just a reminder, I started this thread solely for the knowledge and feedback (good, bad, indifferent) of the members of the site, so let 'er rip.

JoshBuzz
11-27-2007, 06:43 PM
Like the way it's turning out, but I'm not a huge fan of the color of the new plastic instrument panels, a little to dull for me, Personal Preference though! I wish I had this much time to spend on my boat!!

mjw101081
11-27-2007, 08:28 PM
ok... so the rough face plastic made my oil paint pen not a hot idea. But, the plates are good and anyone that wants them just PM me and we can talk about getting them to you.

I went ahead and finished labeling it but they aren't perfectly straight and neat but first one that asks gets them. below is the pic of the give aways and the bottom are my real finished products. I sanded with 400 grit wet sand paper in one direction to get a near similar finish to original plates. Thats Fea my cat. She laid down when i started to take the pic.

damaged442
11-27-2007, 09:38 PM
I see how many views this thread has so I know that someone is watching. Just a reminder, I started this thread solely for the knowledge and feedback (good, bad, indifferent) of the members of the site, so let 'er rip.

Hell yeah I'm watching, because chances are I'll be faced with what you are presently doing soon enough. When I picked up my Tristar 5 years ago, it was mechanically perfect with only 190 hours on it. Cosmetically, it was a Tristar that sat in the sun for 13 years. :mad: The buffer was my nemesis for a LOT of hours. Besides, I really like the progress you're making there. I can't wait to see it when you're done!

mjw101081
11-28-2007, 02:10 PM
the rear end 400 grit. have to remove flaps and pitots.

mjw101081
11-29-2007, 09:09 PM
here is before and after of the last bit of 400 grit sanding

SaltwaterMC
11-29-2007, 10:21 PM
Looks great man, keep up the good work.

mjw101081
11-29-2007, 10:33 PM
thanks josh.

mayo93prostar
11-29-2007, 10:38 PM
wow, that area around the exhaust flaps and pitots looks so much better after sanding. the dark color stripe along the back looks good too. keep it up and it will look nice when done.

TMCNo1
11-30-2007, 09:12 AM
It's looking better every day, great work!

jrcarte78
11-30-2007, 10:35 AM
Looking good!

About the labels for the dash plates--I had a friend of mine who has a sign shop and vinyl cutting capabilities to cut me some vinyl decals for the labels. They turned out pretty good. Size and font matched perfectly. But, I made my replacement dash panels out of lexan, like Bryan, so the panels was smooth and they adhered well. I don't know how well vinyl would work with your plastic material.

Also, I can't help you out with the rubber "bootie" covers over the breaker switches. But, the rocker switches can be replaced with these: http://www.racersrvstuff.com/racersrv/details.php?ITEM=3640370. They are exact replacements. I replaced all of mine w/ these and they work great.

Again, great work and keep the pics coming!

ShamrockIV
11-30-2007, 10:39 AM
Looks like your are gonna have a great looking boat when u get done!!!

You have made me want to give a big hug to my buddy i bought mine from for taking such care of it!!!!
He says the 97 i bought from him has less imperfections than his NEW X14!!!!

mjw101081
11-30-2007, 03:51 PM
So...i am gonna try a full cover vinyl sticker that goes over the whole plate and see how that works out. Also I think I am gonna try and just shine up my switches (303 isn't it?). I have the new push button breakers but the rubber covers are clear instead of black. waiting on that sticker to move forward with the dash. I need to know what kind of sealant was used on the exhaust flaps so please let me know. Jim I will be contacting BAWS about decals and/or pad.

About the time... I spend at least an hour every day doing random things pertaining to this boat. The water level behind the house has gone down due to lack of rain during this season plus gas is totally outrageous and the job situation is bleak so this keeps me sound. I haven't spent more than 150 dollars. I borrowed a buffer and had the tools. My hands hurt alot...I had severe carpel tunnel surgery on both this past year so thats why I am switching between sanding and the dash. Its strangely therapeautic and as much as I want it to end, I don't. If your reading this and thinking about starting something similar, just do it. But, know that you are in for the haul and it won't happen over night. There is an obvious arsenal of knowledge that awaits you by posting all of your works on this site and that was and is what makes me feel ok about doing this.

things to do on my list
boat only

fiberglass repair due to beaching
600,800,1000 wet sanding.
rubbing compound
wax
new pitots
blow out pressure hoses for speedos
new stripping for the windshield
(interior...still thinking)
and so on.....till it ends

pq2
11-30-2007, 04:49 PM
WOW, congrats, great job, keep posting pics and comments!!!!

VirtualWi
11-30-2007, 04:59 PM
Can't wait to see more! Looks great and is giving me hope for my boat

mjw101081
12-01-2007, 01:16 AM
Thanks for the link to the switches. I also was curious how the lettering came out of the vinyl sticker that your friend did. Being that it was so small were there any problems with it? Would you suggest I do otherwise?

Thanks.
Matt

mjw101081
12-04-2007, 06:01 PM
Got my stickers made

mjw101081
12-04-2007, 06:05 PM
with a little help I started to reassemble the dash...

trickskier
12-04-2007, 08:57 PM
What happens when you push that IGN button???
29757

mjw101081
12-04-2007, 09:18 PM
my friend thats a question you will never get answered...

damaged442
12-04-2007, 09:29 PM
That's where us Tristar guys hide the nitrous! I mean, helium. I mean, crap, I blew it!:uglyhamme :headbang:

trickskier
12-04-2007, 09:39 PM
my friend thats a question you will never get answered...
LOL................I had to ask...............:rolleyes:

mjw101081
12-04-2007, 09:41 PM
what sealant should I use when i put the exhaust flap back on?

trickskier
12-04-2007, 09:51 PM
what sealant should I use when i put the exhaust flap back on?
Marine grade silicone

damaged442
12-04-2007, 09:56 PM
what sealant should I use when i put the exhaust flap back on?

Did you buy new flaps, or do you plan on putting the old ones back on?

mjw101081
12-04-2007, 09:59 PM
same ones. they are in good shape

damaged442
12-04-2007, 10:26 PM
Nice! Those plates look good! You're really kicking ***! What kind of shape is the plywood on the inside of your boat in? The ones on the sides that the speakers fit into, that are wrapped in vinyl. I noticed that a couple of the fasteners that hold the plywood to the sides have started to deteriorate. The vinyl on mine is thankfully in decent shape, I'm going to replace the plywood and fasteners this spring, and hopefully reuse the vinyl. If you finish yours and are looking for another to work on, come on up to NY, beers are on me!!

:toast: :friday:

cbryan70
12-04-2007, 10:40 PM
beers on him HB take a vacation! that could get pricy if you have the right workers!


Nice! Those plates look good! You're really kicking ***! What kind of shape is the plywood on the inside of your boat in? The ones on the sides that the speakers fit into, that are wrapped in vinyl. I noticed that a couple of the fasteners that hold the plywood to the sides have started to deteriorate. The vinyl on mine is thankfully in decent shape, I'm going to replace the plywood and fasteners this spring, and hopefully reuse the vinyl. If you finish yours and are looking for another to work on, come on up to NY, beers are on me!!

:toast: :friday:

mjw101081
12-05-2007, 07:16 AM
you bring that baby down here and i will help... i have never been to new york but i gotta tell ya, beer wouldn't get it done, its way too cold.

mjw101081
12-08-2007, 04:15 PM
Decal placement after rubbing compound

mjw101081
12-08-2007, 04:18 PM
another pic

cbryan70
12-08-2007, 04:48 PM
man that looks great! is the trailer next?

mjw101081
12-08-2007, 06:51 PM
not just yet...wax, finish dash, fiberglass work. thanks for compliment.

mjw101081
12-08-2007, 06:52 PM
before and after

mjw101081
12-08-2007, 06:55 PM
before and after 2

rholmes
12-09-2007, 12:05 PM
This is really an awesome post. Fantastic job Matt. I check this thing out everyday and keep showing it to my wife to remind here what my hours of labor will give us (we are getting ready to start our 90 maristar). Keep up the updates and thanks for sharing!

mjw101081
12-09-2007, 12:07 PM
a little bit of the finish

mjw101081
12-09-2007, 12:22 PM
This is really an awesome post. Fantastic job Matt. I check this thing out everyday and keep showing it to my wife to remind here what my hours of labor will give us (we are getting ready to start our 90 maristar). Keep up the updates and thanks for sharing!

thanks man...it is a lot of time but if you think of it as the supplement to year round boating, its better. I just wish I had the cash flow to really get into it. Everything I have done with materials included has cost less than 200 dollars. just fyi

trickskier
12-09-2007, 06:00 PM
Great job Matt!!! Looking SWEET!!! :D

cbryan70
12-09-2007, 07:05 PM
there is a 3m finishing material that will give it the "wet look" and it works pretty well. you put that on....take it off then wax a day or so later if you want the thing to REALLY shine. seems to work well with my boat. i use that same wax with the finishingstuff and it REALLY shines

cbryan70
12-09-2007, 07:06 PM
for the white stuff on the rub rail....try charcoal lighter fluid it will take it all right off

mjw101081
12-09-2007, 07:25 PM
there is a 3m finishing material that will give it the "wet look" and it works pretty well. you put that on....take it off then wax a day or so later if you want the thing to REALLY shine. seems to work well with my boat. i use that same wax with the finishingstuff and it REALLY shines

got any pics? love to see it.

cbryan70
12-09-2007, 07:45 PM
here ya go. none out in the sun but you get the hint thing is 30 years old still got some shine out of her
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a76/cbryan70/babypictures501.jpg

Trailer redone, used to be a flat board that i had to lift the bow eye over when unloading and loading....look at the 30 year old shine!

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a76/cbryan70/babypictures498.jpg

Just waxed, not bad for 30 years

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a76/cbryan70/babypictures500.jpg

The rough fiberglass even shines

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a76/cbryan70/100_0771.jpg

playing on the water

cbryan70
12-09-2007, 07:56 PM
http://www.starmarinedepot.com/detail.asp?product_id=3M8003

cbryan70
12-09-2007, 07:57 PM
the heavy duty compound then that then the wax on your trailer and that will look good as new as well

damaged442
12-09-2007, 09:55 PM
What a difference with those before and after pics!! Awesome job! If you don't mind me asking, where did you get those decals?

Footin
12-09-2007, 09:57 PM
As Freddie Prince use to say "Looooookin goooood"!

mjw101081
12-09-2007, 10:26 PM
Both the decals and the stickers for the plates were created by Laura Wetter at Signs Plus 5101 E. Busch Blvd Suite 8 Tampa, Fl 33617. I took her the prostar AI file posted on the Decal thread and we guessed and checked my likes and wants. I measured the old decal shadows dimensions for all the decals and took them to her. They aren't perfect matches but I was very pleased with the results. She has kept the set and can stretch and compress sizes to fit.

mjw101081
12-09-2007, 10:30 PM
there is a 3m finishing material that will give it the "wet look" and it works pretty well. you put that on....take it off then wax a day or so later if you want the thing to REALLY shine. seems to work well with my boat. i use that same wax with the finishingstuff and it REALLY shines

I will definitely check into that stuff. Boat looks great.

SaltwaterMC
12-09-2007, 11:04 PM
The boat is looking GREAT Matt. Sorry I missed your call today, this upcoming week is exam week, so I'm really busy.

SunCoast 83
12-10-2007, 12:34 AM
Keep up the great work!! We are enjoying the before and after pics.

Farmer Ted
12-10-2007, 07:20 AM
Both the decals and the stickers for the plates were created by Laura Wetter at Signs Plus 5101 E. Busch Blvd Suite 8 Tampa, Fl 33617. I took her the prostar AI file posted on the Decal thread and we guessed and checked my likes and wants. I measured the old decal shadows dimensions for all the decals and took them to her. They aren't perfect matches but I was very pleased with the results. She has kept the set and can stretch and compress sizes to fit.


I'm curious as to what she charged you for the decals on the outside and what kind of vinyl she used?

do you mind sharing that info?

thanks!

jrcarte78
12-10-2007, 11:53 AM
Thanks for the link to the switches. I also was curious how the lettering came out of the vinyl sticker that your friend did. Being that it was so small were there any problems with it? Would you suggest I do otherwise?

Thanks.
Matt

Matt, it's looking great!

The vinyl I had done for my replacement dash panels came out good. They(obviously) don't look as good as original replacements would look. But, I'm pleased with mine and they definitely look better than the old worn out originals in my boat w/ the cracked corners.

Keep up the pics!!

mjw101081
12-10-2007, 05:53 PM
Well I can't answer any of those questions I suppose. Out of respect for her, the pricing is something I can't quote. I found it very reasonable and wanted to continue business with her especially after my dash plate stickers worked out. Her office number is 813 989 7800. I spent 50 on switches and circuit breakers, and 50 on wax compound and sandpaper, had few other minimal buys (plate material) plus my decals so you can figure the rest.

mjw101081
12-10-2007, 06:01 PM
how many hours is too many. I purchased this boat from a ford master mechanic. The trailer was neglected from day one as both previous owners, from what I understand, had this boat on a lift. To my point. The guage reads over 1000 hours but, it seems to me that everything is in good order. I even have part and labor receipts from when certain parts were purchased and installed. The reason I ask is that I don't ever see too many that ADVERTISE these hours. Is quad digit a bad thing?

mjw101081
12-10-2007, 06:09 PM
rholmes...did you receive those plates yet?

damaged442
12-10-2007, 10:45 PM
how many hours is too many. I purchased this boat from a ford master mechanic. The trailer was neglected from day one as both previous owners, from what I understand, had this boat on a lift. To my point. The guage reads over 1000 hours but, it seems to me that everything is in good order. I even have part and labor receipts from when certain parts were purchased and installed. The reason I ask is that I don't ever see too many that ADVERTISE these hours. Is quad digit a bad thing?

I also purchased mine from a Ford mechanic...weird. My trailer was also seriously neglected. On the other hand, my hour meter was at 190. That's the real reason I got the boat. Well, besides the fact that I WANTED it. I would not be concerned with your hours. The 351 is a pretty hardy block. If it came from a mechanic, chances are it was maintained well enough. I'd say she's just getting broken in.

mjw101081
12-12-2007, 06:41 PM
I didn't like what I had done to the plate with the toggle switches. the uneven corner on the bottom right. So I am in the process new sticker application and forming. I also picked up two 10A circuit breakers for the blower and lights (7 amp hard to find). I think it'll be alright. Let me know if you disagree.

KnoxX2
12-12-2007, 07:21 PM
It's looking great! Monte should be checking this thread out?????????

mjw101081
12-13-2007, 08:38 AM
I got the other plate finished, formed and installed.

mjw101081
12-13-2007, 08:45 AM
pics of entire dash... Two new plates that stay in place and aren't cracked and the temp guage stays in place. happy day!!!

teeter
12-17-2007, 10:32 PM
I have that same dash panel and the screws holding it to the boat have been over tightened thus ripping through the panel, what kind of epoxy did you use and if i just epoxied those holes up and then drilled through does it stand a chance at holding up. the referb looks great im gonna have to start mine soon.

rholmes
12-17-2007, 11:01 PM
I did get the panels. Sorry, I have been away on business for the past week and a half and saw they arrived when I got home. Thanks a bunch!!! I really appreciate it. I played it smart for myself this year and asked for Santa to bring me a lot of things necessary to refurb a boat. Think I saw that a big roll of carpet has arrived. Hmmmmmm...

mjw101081
12-18-2007, 06:55 PM
I have that same dash panel and the screws holding it to the boat have been over tightened thus ripping through the panel, what kind of epoxy did you use and if i just epoxied those holes up and then drilled through does it stand a chance at holding up. the referb looks great im gonna have to start mine soon.

here is what i used... i have not screwed dash back on yet

mjw101081
12-21-2007, 05:48 PM
Back to the boat... so, before I can finish waxing I had to fix major fiberglass and gelcoat problems underneath presumably caused by beaching. Lots of deep scratches and bare fiberglass.

mjw101081
12-21-2007, 05:53 PM
after filling the cracks with a paste and a lot ....I mean A LOT!!!!! of sanding from 80 all the way to 400wet, I brushed a gel coat on. I will sand a bunch more then spray two more layers in a few days. It's gonna look good...

mjw101081
12-21-2007, 05:54 PM
picture from below

Farmer Ted
12-21-2007, 08:42 PM
Back to the boat... so, before I can finish waxing I had to fix major fiberglass and gelcoat problems underneath presumably caused by beaching. Lots of deep scratches and bare fiberglass.


Matt,

Make sure your keel roller doesn't have a big crack in the middle of it. I have a 98 and mine was dry rotted and I changed it back in 05 I caught it before it did any serious damage, but it did leave a couple of small scratches on the boat.

looking good!

mjw101081
12-22-2007, 11:13 AM
this stuff is what i am using for all this work

mjw101081
12-23-2007, 10:01 PM
I just wanted to be an enthusiast.

c_pohja
12-24-2007, 12:21 PM
Your project is looking awasome. I grew up skiing behind one of these very similar to yours. My dad is the original owner and I still ski behind it every summer. He just redid the entire boat last winter. Did some really neat things on the interior. I will post some pics when i get a chance.

mjw101081
12-24-2007, 05:38 PM
Gettin her ready for facelift.

mjw101081
12-24-2007, 05:40 PM
a look at the new gel coat

mjw101081
12-24-2007, 05:41 PM
Before and after

mjw101081
12-24-2007, 10:20 PM
So I found a sprayer at harbour freight tools in tampa for 17 dollars. After filling and sanding and sanding....I went ahead and sanded some more so that i could sand it. Getting ready to spray I diluted the gelcoat with acetone and then sanded a little bit more. I sanded a little spot after a few hours drying time following paint application and am very pleased with my budget work. I figure I will wet sand some time this week and finally be able to wax the whole thing and put it all back together. She needs to go in the water. As a side note, I have never done any kind of work like this before...all I have done is read everything I can and talk to as many people as I can about how to do it. So for all of you that question it I say, You can DO IT and all that other crap plus a little sanding, after you sand it.

Happy sanding and Merry Christmas

mjw101081
12-26-2007, 10:55 AM
Alright this is officially the worst post ever. This boat is for sale. Some stuff has come up and I have to eliminate the present toy collection. $7500. I hold the title (and may have a hard time letting go) 863 602 0037. I will continue to work on it making price relevant as time goes by. Serious inquiries only please. I want it to go to someone who will care for it and use it like I have.

SaltwaterMC
12-26-2007, 11:18 AM
Why Matt why? She is looking so good!

mjw101081
12-26-2007, 11:29 AM
Why Matt why? She is looking so good!

Spread the word... Believe me that the only part of me that would willingly sell would be the one that would run out and buy a new one. Thats just not possible right now. Shes gotta go. Hopefully I will be able to replace her sooner rather than later but for now she gotta go.

damaged442
12-26-2007, 11:34 AM
That sucks, bud! Here I have been, looking to you for inspiration, blown away at the progress you have made with that boat! I really wish I could help you out man. I hope it works out for you.

mjw101081
12-26-2007, 01:15 PM
That sucks, bud! Here I have been, looking to you for inspiration, blown away at the progress you have made with that boat! I really wish I could help you out man. I hope it works out for you.

I will keep posting till its gone. My selling it doesn't mean I don't care for it or want it. I so badly want to keep it, but choices have to be made ya know?

mjw101081
12-27-2007, 12:25 PM
If you haven't figured it out, this takes a lot of sanding. But I am pleased with what I have done. If my arms were longer I would pat myself on the back. I was most worried about the color transition being very drastic. so I tried to follow the contour lines of the boat so visually it would blend in. I will go over all the newly gelcoated areas with 1000 grit and then compound and wax. I can't wait to see it on the water. She is gonna blind somebody.

trickskier
12-27-2007, 09:17 PM
It looks GREAT Matt!!! Sorry to hear you have to sell her!

mjw101081
12-27-2007, 09:23 PM
I have that same dash panel and the screws holding it to the boat have been over tightened thus ripping through the panel, what kind of epoxy did you use and if i just epoxied those holes up and then drilled through does it stand a chance at holding up. the referb looks great im gonna have to start mine soon.

I put the screws back in the dash and tightened her back up this evening and everything was good to go.

mjw101081
01-04-2008, 10:19 PM
got the new pitots today from dim.

mjw101081
01-04-2008, 10:20 PM
this is the gun that i used to spray on the gelcoat

mjw101081
01-04-2008, 10:23 PM
on my next day off I will finish waxing her so we can all see the extent of the change. I know the pictures aren't doin her justice, especially for sale, but i will get some of her glistening on the water and then.....

mjw101081
01-09-2008, 07:07 PM
I put the new pitots and old flaps back on. I love the contrast.

Before

mjw101081
01-09-2008, 07:29 PM
after pics

mjw101081
01-10-2008, 05:20 PM
i got a coat of wax on the boat and was able to get some good pics.

i will try and do before and after.

the afternoon sun makes things look orange but you get the point.

mjw101081
01-10-2008, 05:24 PM
more before and after

mjw101081
01-10-2008, 05:27 PM
more pics before and after

mjw101081
01-10-2008, 05:29 PM
more pictures

mjw101081
01-10-2008, 05:31 PM
the seldom seen drivers side

mjw101081
01-10-2008, 05:34 PM
more pictures

pq2
01-10-2008, 05:46 PM
wow, you did an amazing job, congratulations

BrianM
01-10-2008, 07:15 PM
That looks really nice. Great job!

mjw101081
01-21-2008, 06:42 PM
one last spot

mjw101081
01-21-2008, 06:43 PM
after picture

mjw101081
01-21-2008, 06:44 PM
finally got her on the water.

JohnE
01-21-2008, 06:50 PM
Looks great.

I haven't read the entire thread, but why are you selling now?

Sodar
01-21-2008, 06:52 PM
finally got her on the water.

WHOA!! What a pic!! Great Job!! Good Luck with the sale...

trickskier
01-21-2008, 08:03 PM
Matt, GREAT JOB!!! Looks new!!! And I have skiied that spot on the Hillsborough River many times!!!
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mjw101081
01-22-2008, 12:58 PM
thanks for the kudos folks. i changed the oil today. also checked the fuel filter. Felt good to have it on the water yesterday. I am gonna go wakeboarding this afternoon. The water level is low but I don't plan on goin nuts, especially since its been a while. it pains me to have to sell.

mjw101081
01-22-2008, 01:15 PM
The wheel with original mc cap

mjw101081
01-22-2008, 01:15 PM
the dash.......

mjw101081
01-22-2008, 01:15 PM
more random on the water pics from yesterday

mjw101081
01-22-2008, 02:07 PM
random pics

mjw101081
01-22-2008, 02:08 PM
pics.................

mjw101081
01-22-2008, 02:09 PM
pics..........

mjw101081
01-22-2008, 02:10 PM
pics...........

mjw101081
01-22-2008, 02:23 PM
pic..................

pilot02
01-22-2008, 04:25 PM
this is the gun that i used to spray on the gelcoat

1.7's a pretty small tip for Gelcoat. Preference is 2.5 in an HVLP but I found a $40 gun with a 2.3 that worked excellently when I did mine.

teeter
02-03-2008, 05:26 PM
Do you have a number for signs plus, I'd like to see if i could get a set of stickers for my dash.

TMCNo1
02-03-2008, 06:34 PM
It's nice seeing the significant other sharing the experience!
Thanks for sharing, my wife has that knack too,
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mjw101081
02-03-2008, 10:52 PM
Do you have a number for signs plus, I'd like to see if i could get a set of stickers for my dash.
all info is posted in this thread... i don't have it handy at the moment.

cmw
04-27-2009, 10:49 AM
I was searching through threads for info on toggle switches and came across this thread. As I started to read, I realized I am doing all the things to a 1990 maristar that mjw did over a year ago to a tristar. I know how much of yourself and time gets poured into a project like this. When I heard he had to sell it, my heart sank. I was wondering if mjw101081 was still out there and able to tell us if he found a way to keep his boat. I am on here everyday asking questions or searching out answers and have not seen him around. Anyone know?

TMCNo1
04-27-2009, 11:13 AM
I was searching through threads for info on toggle switches and came across this thread. As I started to read, I realized I am doing all the things to a 1990 maristar that mjw did over a year ago to a tristar. I know how much of yourself and time gets poured into a project like this. When I heard he had to sell it, my heart sank. I was wondering if mjw101081 was still out there and able to tell us if he found a way to keep his boat. I am on here everyday asking questions or searching out answers and have not seen him around. Anyone know?

Marketplace shows it has been Sold, http://www.tmcowners.com/market/showproduct.php?product=2003&cat=5, so he's probably gone since it's been over a year since he posted.

cmw
04-27-2009, 12:57 PM
Thanks Harold. That is to bad. He put a lot of work into it. Someone got a deal.

damaged442
04-27-2009, 01:31 PM
I agree! That was one hell of a job. That boat would look great next to mine! Or, well, it would do a great job of making mine look bad! Regardless, that was some good work. I come back to this thread quite often and see what I should do next.

cmw
04-27-2009, 02:42 PM
I bought mine for a little less, but it was not a better deal than his. I would hate to put all that work into it and have to sell it.