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Bellinghamster
04-05-2009, 11:14 PM
The metalflake stripe on my '78 S&S had oxidized so badly that the flakes were exposed on the surface and it was no longer possible to bring back any gloss, so I decided to lay on a protective (and glossy) coating over top to protect the flakes. I wetsanded carefully one last time (400 then 600 grit), masked everything, then sprayed on 4 coats of automotive 2 part urethane. I can't believe how well it restored the sparkle of the flakes, as well as the color! Hopefully having the protective coating will prevent any further degradation of the original surface, and will keep it glossy for years to come. New vinyl (correct font, finally!) to be cut and applied shortly.

Before and after pics (it looks better in real life):

Wacko
04-05-2009, 11:32 PM
Looks Fantastic.

h2oskifreak
04-06-2009, 12:29 AM
Good work. I need to do the same to mine. I speculated that clear would do the trick as it looks great wet. Now I know it will.

thatsmrmastercraft
04-06-2009, 01:17 AM
Wow, what a difference!

CantRepeat
04-06-2009, 07:13 AM
That is very nice. Great job.

trickskier
04-06-2009, 08:09 AM
Nice Job!!! :D

D3skier
04-06-2009, 08:26 AM
impressive!!!! great job!

CantRepeat
04-06-2009, 08:46 AM
Please post up photos once you get the decals back on!!

americanskierJim
01-31-2010, 12:27 PM
Hello Bellinghamster, I couldn't agree more with spraying clear over the flake. I am doing it on my boat but the only thing with mine is I have to spray the whole boat dew to all the flake I have. It does look great good job.

83SuperSlot
05-03-2010, 08:43 PM
Man, I am in the process of wet sanding my boat right now. It looks really similar to the pics you posted on top but the gel coat is in really good shape other wise. I am hoping that after sanding, polishing, and waxing that it is able to look as good as what you were able to get... If not, I might have to go the route you did. Looks great!

79_SnS_atl
05-07-2010, 08:30 AM
Nice Job. You confirmed my belief of using a urethane on top of gel coat.

Shadetree tip: I have had results equally as good with clear urethane from Minwax out of a can and if you roll it (yes, roll it) in thin enough coats with a soft sponge roller you will achieve the same effect without over spray and masking. It works for a quick fix and will enhance the metal flake as good as spraying it on. As you can see in my signature photo that is what my gel coat looked like before I did the clear.

83SuperSlot
05-07-2010, 12:32 PM
do you have to wax over the urethane?? I think this is what I might do....

Bellinghamster
05-09-2010, 10:50 AM
Urethane clear is what's used on vehicles. It's pretty durable, and doesn't need waxing nearly as often as gelcoat if at all. I think the wax adds just a bit more gloss, probably more so after 10 years... it makes the water bead up, and may protect it from lake scum.

83SuperSlot
05-09-2010, 11:02 AM
Is this the same clearcoat you can buy at autoparts stores in a spray can...

rsmith_5568
05-09-2010, 09:42 PM
looks good

83SuperSlot
05-17-2010, 08:48 AM
Man, I am in the process of wet sanding my boat right now. It looks really similar to the pics you posted on top but the gel coat is in really good shape other wise. I am hoping that after sanding, polishing, and waxing that it is able to look as good as what you were able to get... If not, I might have to go the route you did. Looks great!

Here's a couple of pics of mine since it has been redone...

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e187/shadowvt1100/Mastercraft/Maiden%20Voyage/IMG_1146.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e187/shadowvt1100/Mastercraft/Maiden%20Voyage/IMG_1150.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e187/shadowvt1100/Mastercraft/Maiden%20Voyage/IMG_1176.jpg

:D

TN X-45
05-20-2010, 02:09 PM
Outstanding! Definitely partial to the blue metal flake.......

silverblueBP
05-20-2010, 02:38 PM
Man, that boat is beautiful!!

83SuperSlot
05-20-2010, 02:41 PM
Thanks Guys!!

oxberger
05-20-2010, 03:16 PM
Awesome job! I'll be tackling mine soon. No metal flake on mine.