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toobusylivin
01-05-2012, 11:33 PM
okay gang, time for this newbie to post a few pics of my winter project. I've owned the boat for 2 seasons, got all mechanical bugs worked out, now it's time to make it pretty.

Note the "orangish" color. I figured I'd need to paint , but color sanded for 6 hours, then buffed another 4 hours, and amazingly it's red again!! That is some thick gelcoat!

toobusylivin
01-05-2012, 11:36 PM
sorry about the quality of the last pic. (took it with my phone) I'll post some better ones.
Next up, replace carpet, and redo interior. anyone know what type of material the seats use? It's different than typical boat fabric.

vrsc
01-05-2012, 11:49 PM
nice start. Congrats

Masterfull
01-05-2012, 11:56 PM
Nice job!! Clearly a labor of love... look forward to more photos!!

madcityskier
01-06-2012, 12:03 AM
It was a marine vinyl made by General Tire. It was discontinued some time ago. Looks like some of the interior has already been redone. Great boat. Best bet is probably it just look for a durable marine grade fabric in the closest color you can find it. Where are you located? A guy I know went thru MasterCraftskins.com and got some very nice results. I'm sure lots of people will have other suggestions of places that do great work. Looking great so far. Keep updating the pics.

madcityskier
01-06-2012, 12:13 AM
You might try this link and ask them about it. Same manufacturer, but nit sure how similar it would be.
http://www.scalisemarine.com/nautolex.htm

thatsmrmastercraft
01-06-2012, 01:04 AM
Great start on bringing the color back. Keep posting the great pics.:cool:

1redTA
01-06-2012, 08:14 AM
nice how did you go about wet sanding?

2RLAKE
01-06-2012, 08:36 AM
amazing ... terrific to see your hard work paying off .. i always wanted to do a restoration project as my dad has rebuilt several antique cars ... he's 84 and slowing down now and i'm going to finish his 1930 Ford truck

toobusylivin
01-06-2012, 09:06 AM
nice how did you go about wet sanding?

tried wetsanding...wouldn't touch it! I ended up dry sanding with a d/a using 240 grit paper to get through to red, then 600, 1200 wet, 1500 wet, and buffing it with 3m heavy duty compound, extra cut, and finally finesse it 2. Lots of steps, but worth it.

thatsmrmastercraft
01-06-2012, 11:16 AM
tried wetsanding...wouldn't touch it! I ended up dry sanding with a d/a using 240 grit paper to get through to red, then 600, 1200 wet, 1500 wet, and buffing it with 3m heavy duty compound, extra cut, and finally finesse it 2. Lots of steps, but worth it.

Wow, that poor boat must have been exposed to the sun non-stop. Great work.

scott023
01-06-2012, 01:19 PM
Looks fantastic. Great work.



BTW, that's an amazing looking shop you've got there.

keith3613
01-06-2012, 01:22 PM
I have the exact color of your boat in a 1984. I bought mine new and have files on where to get a lot of parts. I also have new dash switches for the 1984-85 year model. You can contact Keith at 972-998-1885.

markismm
01-06-2012, 09:16 PM
Can't wait to another one look like this :

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u280/mandymaholick/2011-10-22_16-22-29_267.jpg

They are truly a dying breed. I love this boat. It was the best purchase I have made in 27 years. Mine is an 84.

Cloaked
01-06-2012, 09:31 PM
Can't wait to another one look like this :

They are truly a dying breed. I love this boat. It was the best purchase I have made in 27 years. Mine is an 84.Nice looking machine. I'm always in the market for a boat like this. Never sell an old school without asking me... :D :D

A really nice looking machine. I can tell you're proud of it... I like skiing but messing with the boats themselves is where my boating pleasure lies...

Excellent 84 model..... I've had several of them over the years.....

Looks like an old Wheel Horse on the lawn. Is it for sale? :D

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I would like to see a full set of pictures of your boat if you have time to post up in the next few days.

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Cloaked
01-06-2012, 09:59 PM
sorry about the quality of the last pic. (took it with my phone) I'll post some better ones.
Next up, replace carpet, and redo interior. anyone know what type of material the seats use? It's different than typical boat fabric.Stop using crappy cameras for pictures... dammit... :D

When removing the old carpet, remove it in as much of one piece as you can. It will serve you well as a template for cutting the new pieces. I promise this will save you time and headaches..... don't go ripping it out like a wild man....

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toobusylivin
01-06-2012, 11:38 PM
Can't wait to another one look like this :

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u280/mandymaholick/2011-10-22_16-22-29_267.jpg

They are truly a dying breed. I love this boat. It was the best purchase I have made in 27 years. Mine is an 84.

Nice boat! are the stars/decals white or beige on that boat?? I just ordered mine in beige, because that's what came off it.

Tonight I removed the trailer...that was a trick. I figured it's not really enhancing the look of the boat. (wife thinks I'm over the edge...and she's prob right)

03geetee
01-06-2012, 11:49 PM
Looks like this is a popular color to restore! If you need any help or have questions please feel free to ask, our 83 went through this last year and came out a 29 year old new boat. So far you look to be off to a great start! This site flat out RULES I couldnt have done it without them!

She started Rough...

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Boat003.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/005.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/001.jpg

After...

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Interiornewpics017.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/July4th2011044.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/July4th2011050.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Summer2011058.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Summer2011071.jpg

orbeamlb
01-07-2012, 12:35 AM
Beautiful Stars and Stripes. I recently aquired my first MC (1988 ProStar 200 - Outboard).

toobusylivin
01-10-2012, 10:24 PM
a few more pics. After buffing the entire boat, I decided the trailer looked bad! Sooo, another project begins. I'm thinking of painting the fenders in red to match center stripe of boat. Any thoughts??
Also, doing away with nonfunctional surge brakes (boat's not that heavy anyway), new swivel jack, rims and tires.

thatsmrmastercraft
01-10-2012, 10:30 PM
Very impressive work.

Cloaked
01-10-2012, 10:31 PM
Thumbs up on the work and the PowerSlot option. Someone has reworked the platfoorm brackets too... Good deal...

Nice job.

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BrooksfamX2
01-10-2012, 10:31 PM
very nice !!!

toobusylivin
01-10-2012, 10:39 PM
Thumbs up on the work and the PowerSlot option. Someone has reworked the platfoorm brackets too... Good deal...

Nice job.

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thanks! Last year had new platform made, and powdercoated brackets. Getting the ski pole powdercoated now.
I try not to add up what I'm spending... yikes!

03geetee
01-11-2012, 11:12 AM
Looking great man keep it up.

JTR

Lumbergh
01-11-2012, 11:19 AM
http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr66/Lumbergh556/borat-very-nice.jpg

rjracin240
01-11-2012, 12:44 PM
a few more pics. After buffing the entire boat, I decided the trailer looked bad! Sooo, another project begins. I'm thinking of painting the fenders in red to match center stripe of boat. Any thoughts??
Also, doing away with nonfunctional surge brakes (boat's not that heavy anyway), new swivel jack, rims and tires.

See in your last picture that your trailer is also missing the prop/rudder guard, can you help a brother out and please give some good pictures and measurments of the piece you fabricate to replace it.

dichdoc
01-15-2012, 12:57 AM
Not sure the guard is "missing" as much as never there. Here's what I did on mine:
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=22966 if it's of any use.

mikeg205
01-15-2012, 11:18 AM
Looks like this is a popular color to restore! If you need any help or have questions please feel free to ask, our 83 went through this last year and came out a 29 year old new boat. So far you look to be off to a great start! This site flat out RULES I couldnt have done it without them!

She started Rough...

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Boat003.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/005.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/001.jpg

After...

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Interiornewpics017.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/July4th2011044.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/July4th2011050.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Summer2011058.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a300/o3geetee/Summer2011071.jpg

03 you're making me hate the snow...

03geetee
01-15-2012, 11:29 AM
Sorry Brother, we finally got some huh? Look at the bright side St. Patty's Day is close only 61 days to go, and to me that is the end of winter!

JTR

O2BESOHUGE
01-16-2012, 10:56 AM
Very Nice Looking Boat! Great Job!

dichdoc
01-17-2012, 09:33 PM
Woops not the right link to the prop guard plans lets try this...
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=37716

toobusylivin
01-21-2012, 10:56 PM
I've done a little more to my 85 sns, so I thought I'd post a few pics. New pull up cleats, exhaust and water hoses, finished buffing and waxing, new blower, new trailer bunks carpeted, etc. whew! I guess I know why my wife calls this boat my mistress.

I included a pic of the buffing compounds I used, in case anybody's feeling ambitous!

mikeg205
01-22-2012, 01:09 AM
I've done a little more to my 85 sns, so I thought I'd post a few pics. New pull up cleats, exhaust and water hoses, finished buffing and waxing, new blower, new trailer bunks carpeted, etc. whew! I guess I know why my wife calls this boat my mistress.

I included a pic of the buffing compounds I used, in case anybody's feeling ambitous!

My wife calls mine "The Mistress"...lol

toobusylivin
02-15-2012, 11:48 PM
I recieved my decals from Jim @ baws. They turned out great!! Got the starboard side done this past weekend. Also got the trailer sandblasted and painted, and fenders repaired and painted to match red insert on boat. This project is finally taking shape.

Lumbergh
02-16-2012, 12:29 AM
Awesome job, and a nice shop too.

curtish
02-16-2012, 12:36 AM
Wow, amazing transformation. Especially like what you have done with the trailer.

thatsmrmastercraft
02-16-2012, 04:40 AM
Nice work. I remember from last year how tedious it is getting everything set properly when putting on the stars.

toobusylivin
02-16-2012, 09:22 AM
for sure can't be in a hurry when it comes to the stars. patience is a virtue. lol

Cloaked
02-16-2012, 06:32 PM
for sure can't be in a hurry when it comes to the stars. patience is a virtue. lolI use a self-leveling laser level (common and inexpensive item on Amazon or elsewhere) to mark the lines for stickers on the boat. Gets them dead on every time.

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-BDL300S-BULLSEYE-360-Degree/sim/B0000C6DWP/2

I use this thing for everything I would not think of otherwise. Even baking layer cakes (decorated for events), marking lines for construction, level marks for cut and fill, placement for wall hangings, drywall alignment, etc... It is very compact, as the photo shows it fully extended. Uses one 9V battery.

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Cloaked
02-16-2012, 06:43 PM
...I included a pic of the buffing compounds I used, in case anybody's feeling ambitous! How many quart bottles total (of each compound) did you use on the boat?

Nice job.


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thatsmrmastercraft
02-16-2012, 08:39 PM
I use a self-leveling laser level (common and inexpensive item on Amazon or elsewhere) to mark the lines for stickers on the boat. Gets them dead on every time.

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-BDL300S-BULLSEYE-360-Degree/sim/B0000C6DWP/2

I use this thing for everything I would not think of otherwise. Even baking layer cakes (decorated for events), marking lines for construction, level marks for cut and fill, placement for wall hangings, drywall alignment, etc... It is very compact, as the photo shows it fully extended. Uses one 9V battery.

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Well, now I can justify buying a self-leveling laser level.

toobusylivin
02-16-2012, 08:58 PM
How many quart bottles total (of each compound) did you use on the boat?

Nice job.


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1 quart of each will go a long way. If you use more than that...you're makin a big mess.

toobusylivin
02-16-2012, 09:01 PM
Wow, amazing transformation. Especially like what you have done with the trailer.

ah yes...the trailer. I hate to tell you what refinishing those fenders cost me. Yikes! I forgot that a quart of red basecoat alone cost approx $150.00. They sure turned out nice though. I had a paint guy snapshot the boat to match color, it's called GM festival red. Now I'm afraid to step on them!

Willski
02-16-2012, 10:36 PM
Fantastic job. I had an 84 that was almost that nice and was still all original. The trailer was the only thing that needed work, so I'm impressed at the work on the trailer.

hosofpayne
02-16-2012, 10:38 PM
Very nice work looks great

03geetee
02-16-2012, 10:56 PM
Looks Great man keep it up man.

What part of IL are you from?

JTR

toobusylivin
02-16-2012, 11:17 PM
Looks Great man keep it up man.

What part of IL are you from?

JTR

2 hours west of Chicago. You?

hosofpayne
02-17-2012, 12:11 AM
2 hours west of Chicago. You?

I have been waiting for that snow to ride up to see you .....looks like i will have to drive. I will pm you soon.... about time to get back at mine there have been too many cars in shop lately lol

toobusylivin
02-17-2012, 08:47 AM
sure. c'mon up so we can talk boats!

03geetee
02-17-2012, 11:44 PM
2 hours west of Chicago. You?

40 mins south of Chicago.

JTR

toobusylivin
03-04-2012, 02:11 PM
okay gang, I've got decals on boat, trailer painted and rewired, new rims and tires, carpet etc. Just waiting on the interior from upholstery shop. Thought I'd add a few more pics of the old girl.

thatsmrmastercraft
03-04-2012, 02:50 PM
Just had to put the before and after shots together even though you aren't done yet. What a transformation.

Cloaked
03-04-2012, 04:09 PM
Who is doing your upholstery work?

You have done a great job, needless to say. I have restored several of these old boats and have a true appreciation of your work.


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damaged442
03-04-2012, 04:48 PM
Awesome work!! Looks great!

boater8987
03-04-2012, 05:02 PM
Nice work! Its like restoring a classic corvette. I bet more Mastercrafts get restored than any other boat brand except maybe Cigarette. And probably has Cig covered too. :cool:

nitro5238
03-04-2012, 08:49 PM
Wow...great job...I love those 85's I had a blue/grey one back in the old days. She looks like she came right from the factory.

DemolitionMan
03-04-2012, 09:40 PM
The boat looks like new!

toobusylivin
03-04-2012, 11:01 PM
thanks everyone for the positive comments! and thatsmrmastercraft thanks for putting together the before and after pics.
I've got some decals on their way for the trailer, Jim @ baws has been outstanding in creating the right decals for me. I highly recommend him!!

I'm debating whether to actually put her in the river this year...or just haul her to the harbor, drink beer, and watch my buddies oooh and ahh over her. lol
Next step, interior. It's gonna be sweet!!

toobusylivin
03-04-2012, 11:04 PM
[QUOTE=Cloaked;820224]Who is doing your upholstery work?



I have a small local upholstery shop near me. The owner is kind of a boat fanatic. He's using a pleated material on the seats and top of engine lid. What I've seen so far looks great!

keith3613
03-04-2012, 11:07 PM
Believe it or not, I'd be interested in the old vinyl. I'd like to have it to possibly repair some of mine. Let me know if we could work out a deal. Call Keith at 972-998-1885 and leave a message and a number if I don't answer.

03geetee
03-05-2012, 11:04 PM
Great job so far man love the boat and your hard work will show the minute you cruise that bad boy!

Best feeling in the world.

JTR

orbeamlb
03-22-2012, 09:52 PM
What a beauty. Love that hull design. She'll definitely turn heads.

markismm
03-22-2012, 10:58 PM
Yeah I am dying to see what the upholstery looks like. Do you know the brand and type of upholstery you are using. It is impossible to find the exact same stuff that originally came in the boat unfortunately. As for the pop up cleats, this is something I have been considering doing on my boat, but am concerned about spiderwebbing the gel coat which is in perfect shape right now. Did you do any reinforcing behind the cleats. How many did you put in total. Can you show some more pics of the cleats. It would be appreciated.

Willski
03-22-2012, 11:39 PM
Great job so far man love the boat and your hard work will show the minute you cruise that bad boy!

Best feeling in the world.

JTR

Heck, it looks so good, I would just keep it there in the garage and sit in it and take pictures of it!! I was very close to keeping my 84 when I bought the 07, but I couldn't pass up the trade value.

wishart
03-23-2012, 02:22 AM
looks great...all the hard work shows....

can't wait to see the new upholstery!

toobusylivin
03-23-2012, 08:05 PM
thanks folks. The support from this group makes it all worthwhile. I might just take it to the marina and show it off. Nah...what good is a mastercraft if ya can't slalom behind it...
I'll have the upholstery all back by next weekend. Hope to have it together early April. I'll post more pics then.
As far as cleats, there was extra reinforcement in the area near the windsheild where I put them. I tapered out the gelcoat after drilling holes, so as to prevent spider cracking..will see how that works.

toobusylivin
06-05-2012, 10:58 PM
finally got my interior finished. need to install swim platform, and she's ready for a dunk!
This has been quite a project, but well worth the time spent.

Lumbergh
06-05-2012, 11:33 PM
http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr66/Lumbergh556/o-face.jpg

mzimme
06-06-2012, 09:11 AM
Looks great!

sethro
06-07-2012, 12:13 AM
Wow, that is one of the best looking "redo's" of the 84/85 scheme I've ever seen. I can't wait to see it in person!

Was it Brent that made the skins by chance?

toobusylivin
06-07-2012, 09:03 AM
Yep, it was Brent. He did a great job. Come see it anytime.

markismm
06-07-2012, 02:19 PM
LOVE IT!!!. Mind sharing the name of the manufacturer of the upholstery and the color code/number with us?

oxberger
06-07-2012, 04:17 PM
X2^ Please and thank you!

SilviaMan
06-07-2012, 04:26 PM
WOW... really nice redo!

LYNRDSKYNRD
06-07-2012, 04:31 PM
Man that thing is stunning Great job!

toobusylivin
06-07-2012, 07:58 PM
I'll find out the manufacturer, and color codes, and let y'all know. Thanks for the comments. We did go with a pleated fabric for the seat surfaces, and top of engine lid. I feel it was a good decision.

oxberger
06-08-2012, 11:09 AM
I agree, it makes it look almost like the original vinyl. Awesome job on the refurb!

toobusylivin
06-11-2012, 07:55 PM
I've got the info about the upholstery...It's made by Seaquest. The tan is called "buff" #sv10. The red is called "american beauty" #sv11.
Hope this is enough info for those of you needing it.