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JohnMogs
03-21-2012, 05:24 PM
I've just picked up a 1980 S&S that is basically missing the gel coat. Metal flake in the stripe is rough. Not sure what options I have. Tempted to install a vinyl wrap rather than spraying on gel coat. I don't have experience with either. Boat runs well, previous owner replaced the stringers so it's solid, just need to fix the exterior.
Anyone know how long the vinyl lasts?

Any advice is appreciated.

thatsmrmastercraft
03-21-2012, 06:18 PM
Great looking project boat John. I am planning on doing a vinyl overlay of the stripe only on my '77. Previous owner damaged, repaired and painted stripe. I will be starting a thread on that in the next month or two.

Jerseydave
03-21-2012, 07:23 PM
Nice find! I think they say vinyl lasts about 5 years give or take. You can definitely get new vinyl stars and graphics from Jim@BAWS on here. (bay area watersports near Tampa florida)

Why not try to wet sand the gel first? You may be surprised.

occva
03-21-2012, 07:59 PM
Great looking project boat John. I am planning on doing a vinyl overlay of the stripe only on my '77. Previous owner damaged, repaired and painted stripe. I will be starting a thread on that in the next month or two.

Looking forward to a thread on the vinyl overlay.

I have a 86 that I am slowly reconditioning. I have never been a huge fan of the rainbows. I plan to use a metallic black cast vinyl for the stripe. I figure I should get maybe five years out of it.

thatsmrmastercraft
03-21-2012, 08:46 PM
Looking forward to a thread on the vinyl overlay.

I have a 86 that I am slowly reconditioning. I have never been a huge fan of the rainbows. I plan to use a metallic black cast vinyl for the stripe. I figure I should get maybe five years out of it.

Likely get more than five years as my boat isn't out in the sun all the time.

mayo93prostar
03-21-2012, 10:56 PM
Are you sure it is missing the gel coat or is it just oxidized. My neighbor just wet sanded his red stripe 82 stars and stripes, then buffed with 3M heavy duty compound, and waxed and it looks great. It was heavily oxidized and rough but now it looks good. try the wet sanding and buffing first and see if it comes up shiny.

JohnMogs
03-22-2012, 08:42 AM
Pretty sure, but I'll give it a try. What grit would you suggest?

03geetee
03-22-2012, 11:17 AM
Pretty sure, but I'll give it a try. What grit would you suggest?

I agree I dont see where the gel coat is missing, I just think its baked in the sun and hidden because of oxidation. Do a search on here on some threads and you will find the information you need. Basically need the following....

-automotive grade circular buffer not the random orbital style
-good buffing compound to cut through the oxidation *clean the wool pad often*
-good polishing compound like finesse II
-good finishing compound/wax of your choice.

Start small get a feel for it and go easy on any decals, unless you are planning on replacing them anyway, they are pretty tough.

JTR

ctjahn
03-22-2012, 02:15 PM
Is that a green stripe with a textured top?
IF so it is the 1980 version of my 78!
(although I like the black windsheild)

Please try to buff it out! Dont cover it!

cj

JohnMogs
03-22-2012, 09:03 PM
Dark Brown stripe, with flake.
Textured top

Scarp
04-09-2013, 10:05 AM
Did you find replacement lettering and stars & stripes?

Ironhorse
04-09-2013, 10:47 AM
Try to save the gel coat if at all possible. Why hide a great looking boat.

mikeg205
04-09-2013, 11:02 AM
Did you find replacement lettering and stars & stripes?

Scarp - here's a bunch of MC art... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o91j4vsfromgu2x/r0N1CR5VtR

hosofpayne
04-10-2013, 02:36 PM
82 S&S I tried everything possible gel was too far gone from ten years outside with no cover. I used a 3m product called control tack. It worked well, but wouldn't make curve towards front so I had make two small relief cuts it keep it from buckling. Big fan of 3m but there has to be something better for the curve of the bow.