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gisaacson
08-21-2005, 06:11 PM
I have an 85 Mastercraft and I am looking to completly restore it. Does anyone know of a good place in Michigan I could take it to, to restore it to the way it was in 1985?

Cloaked
08-21-2005, 06:30 PM
I have an 85 Mastercraft and I am looking to completly restore it. Does anyone know of a good place in Michigan I could take it to, to restore it to the way it was in 1985?No Sir, I do not know.

Two thAngs:
1) How about a few pics of the boat now?
2) There's enough info here for one to restore a boat themselves... (I too have an 85 I am working on)

Did I mention pics? :wavey:

gisaacson
08-21-2005, 06:41 PM
I will get pictures of her up soon! She has the traditional grey hull with a very faded black stripe with red on the top and bottom of the black. 815 hours and runnind strong. The boat is very solid I just want a new interior and a fresh gelcoat. Any idea what a new gelcoat would cost?

6ballsisall
08-21-2005, 07:38 PM
Any idea what a new gelcoat would cost?


Probably in the neighborhood of 5k for gelcoat. You could get a great looking paintjob with Awlgrip or something similar for $3,500 or so.

OSUspenc99
08-22-2005, 12:12 AM
hey i good mastercraft dealer in MI is called Devils Lake watersports. Check it out they are pretty good with everything

www.dlwatersports.com

Dan K
08-22-2005, 07:42 PM
I hear Donny Bennet in Tennessee Does great restoration work. Do a google search on him, you'll find the info you need.

Cloaked
08-23-2005, 08:23 PM
I hear Donny Bennet in Tennessee Does great restoration work. Do a google search on him, you'll find the info you need.That I can attest.

865-982-9589

I also know a guy here in my hometown that works at Malibu. He restores and repairs in his shop at home.

robisjo
08-23-2005, 08:34 PM
My friend had a 91 Nautique that was hammered when he got it in 2001. It was black, yellow, and white. The black and yellow looked like a cloud. We wet sanded it with l500-2000 grit sand paper and buffed it with a high speed buffer. That boat looked brand new. It was amazing. I wish I had pics. We also did the same to my 85 Mastercraft. It was amazing. We both sold our boats this year and upgraded (2000 air nautique and a 98 Prostar) but they both still looked great. I would look into getting it wet sanded before I would consider a new paint job or gel coat. A reputable body shop should be able to do that for you for around $500-$800.

gisaacson
08-25-2005, 02:00 AM
I will try the wet sand deal. How do you post pictures on here becasue I would love to show my 85?

tones03
08-25-2005, 08:37 AM
Another good dealer is WaterSports Marine in Fenton and Waterford.

http://watersportsmarine.mastercraft.com/

richardsoncd
08-25-2005, 09:19 AM
be careful with wet sanding the stripe, my stars and stripes has the same problem....the gelcoat on the stripe is probably gone and you will be sanding the metaflake directly, my local marine fiberglass guy told be to use 3M HIGH GLOSS GELCOAT COMPOUND and follow it with 3M Finesse-it II. Use a buffer but be careful not to cut too deep, again do not wetsand the metaflake it will pull it off, even with a 1500 or a 2000

shepherd
08-25-2005, 09:23 AM
I will try the wet sand deal. How do you post pictures on here becasue I would love to show my 85?

When you create your post, scroll down and click on "Manage Attachments." Browse and select your file, click "Upload" and submit reply.
Your photo can't be too big. I always have to shrink mine down to 500x500 pixels, using Microsoft Photo Editor or something like that (it came with Windows).

Some before and after (and "in process") pics would be great to see!

Good luck with the boat. I'm thinking about doing the same with my 1990 PS 190, starting with the engine.