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shortyx250
09-09-2010, 12:55 AM
I have a 1980 Stars and Stripes. The red strip is pretty rough feeling. Is this because the gel coat is gone? It looks good wet but when dry its very chalky and rough. I got this boat a year ago and have redone the motor and interior. Now its time for the exterior. What do you all think I should do?

Jesus_Freak
09-09-2010, 07:43 AM
Welcome to the forum. Check out: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=31221.

03geetee
09-09-2010, 01:46 PM
Pick a 2'X2' area that you are comfortable working on, rear transom or rear corner of the port or starboard side work well. Star off by wiping the area clean with some detail spray, or soap and water. Make sure it is dry, then take one of the many recommended buffing compounds for gelcoats and wipe in on evenly in that area, not buffing just spreading it out. Take a rotary style buffer with a GOOD wool pad at a low speed of no more then 1500-2000 and begin working the compound back and forth and up and down with flat even light pressure. Stop when the compound is broken down or the pad starts to get hot, check it often. Stop wipe off the area with some detail spray and compare the square to the next area, see a change? Not enough then start over and do it again after cleaning your compound off your wool pad with a metal tool this will get the pad fluffed up and get the wool back to doing what its designed to do.

Once this is done on the whole boat, or just in your section you need to buff out and polish the haze or marks the wool pad left with a nice polish. Polishing does just that it finishes the paint/gel to cut down any small remaining areas the wool pad and compound left behind. Use the same principals for the wool pad and buffing but instead you use a foam pad which will not cut the paint/gel as much and wont leave those haze marks. Work in a small area, wipe it clean and see the difference. Then move on to the last step which is sealing/waxing which if you can do the first steps is a breeze!

Hope this helps!

Here are some of my progress pics...

This is what the entire boat looked like prior to any work, oxidized and faded but luckly no major scratches...

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/001.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/017.jpg

Here is what it looks like after just a buff, still lots of work to do but you get the idea....
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/018.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/019.jpg

JTR

03geetee
09-09-2010, 01:48 PM
More of the after...

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/LaborDay2010036.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/LaborDay2010035.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/LaborDay2010024.jpg

Just a buff, I have a lot of things to keep working on as far as the finish goes but it just takes time and patience but is totaly worth it! Hope it works out for you PM me if you have any further questions.

JTR

Rockman
09-09-2010, 02:01 PM
03,

Nice work. Looks great!

I have the same exact floor in my garage...inlcuding the tiles that have broken at the corners! :o

Where are you in the Midwest?

RM

supturb89
09-09-2010, 05:59 PM
03,

Nice job, my 205 is getting this treatment in a few weeks or so. Your results have me excited to see what it will look like. Where in IL are you?

03geetee
09-09-2010, 07:13 PM
Guys thanks for the comments, it is a lot of work but if you take your time and break it up its totally worth it. I am from Tinley Park IL, boat 9 times out of 10 is in WI. I am really interested in where the original poster got his interior done it looks great!

JTR

FoggyNogginz
09-12-2010, 07:02 PM
Congrats! Looks awesome!

dgilbreath
09-13-2010, 12:39 AM
That's amazing. Thanks for posting the pictures of before an after.