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Chrismath88
10-24-2013, 10:26 PM
Hey all. Long time reader first time poster! I have gained so much knowledge from these forums that I knew when I started my project I had to document it for others to enjoy.

So, I bought a 91 Prostar 190 powerslot this fall for 7k. I did my best based on knowledge I gained from here and from my previous boat purchases but still held my breath while my local mastercraft dealer checked out the boat. They noted it leaked from the exhaust outlet ports and had a miss in the engine but compression was within 2lbs of perfect on all cyls. I decided that i would have the carb rebuilt and the points replaced and would purchase an ACME three blade this winter. I had a craigslist person help me winterize the boat and this is where my restoration begins. I am stripping decals, wet sanding, stripping the interior and basically making it look the best I can on a busch light budget as someone else had said. I am going to try and figure out how to post pictures and I will add them below. Thanks for looking.

Jeffer
10-24-2013, 10:50 PM
Yep, you already know what we all want....PICTURES!

Chrismath88
10-24-2013, 11:34 PM
pictures first try

scott023
10-25-2013, 12:51 AM
Your wet sanding well make that boat pop back to life. Looking forward to progress pics.

Chrismath88
10-25-2013, 10:17 AM
trying out uploading from my phone

Chrismath88
10-25-2013, 10:32 AM
let the work being! pealed decals with heat gun, just got them warm, didn't want to mess up the fiberglass somehow with too much heat... used thick piece of plastic with sharp edge mostly, occasionally they would peak a bit, heat helped for sure. decal removal is the worst no matter what. used 600 grit wetdry sandpaper with car wash soap in the water. sanded with a hard rubber sanding block. results were better than i could have imagined.

Chrismath88
10-25-2013, 10:47 AM
here is sanding, not sure if pictures are the same quality through my phone I'll upload more end of the weekend hopefully

Chrismath88
10-25-2013, 10:53 AM
notice the bucket of blue gel coat blood in the last picture. I just ran a buffer over that section to test results, looks great.. just got pad for drill at autozone only 8 bucks, should help with tight spots, can't seem to get guides off trailer... working around them currently.

thatsmrmastercraft
10-25-2013, 11:05 AM
Great progress.

cesarcis
10-25-2013, 12:37 PM
cant wait to see the final pictures. Are you going to add the red stripe back?

DooSPX
10-25-2013, 01:10 PM
Nice boat! Glad to see another Flagship blue 91. If you slalom, you will LOVE it! Also, you got a pretty darn good deal IMO for just needing cosmetic stuff.

Chrismath88
10-25-2013, 07:58 PM
thanks, I think I am going with a silver and black stripe. I have a vinyl connection so I'm going to replace the decals with larger ones like on the sammy d edition. But I have been thinking about going throwback with the stars and stripes logo blown up so it extends below the blue stripe... like straddling it. have had a hard time finding any owners that have gone that direction. thoughts?

Ben
10-25-2013, 08:06 PM
Could go real crazy with 80's font mastercraft and stars. Unique for sure. May look cool.

Get a good side pic if the boat and some photoshoppy guys here will take liberty to add graphics for you...

mikeg205
10-25-2013, 08:14 PM
ahhh - looks like a healthy case of MC OCD on the rise... ;) : ) nice work

scott023
10-25-2013, 08:26 PM
thanks, I think I am going with a silver and black stripe. I have a vinyl connection so I'm going to replace the decals with larger ones like on the sammy d edition. But I have been thinking about going throwback with the stars and stripes logo blown up so it extends below the blue stripe... like straddling it. have had a hard time finding any owners that have gone that direction. thoughts?

We've got a great vinyl guy on this forum too...

03geetee
10-26-2013, 10:11 AM
Looking good man, cant wait to see new pics!

JTR

Chrismath88
10-28-2013, 01:59 PM
So, didn't get as much done as i would have liked. mostly more compounding the same areas. did do some looking into decals, I'm considering the newer chrome 3D plastic ones that stick out... but I've taken some side profiles in the hope that someone better than I with computers could superimpose the stars and stripes logo on it. or the bigger chrome and black mastercraft logo. I think it was on a Sammy d edition. I also tried using a car scratch repair 4 in one kit. the few scratches that won't come out with buffing are well above the water line. couldn't find a great color match but it made it much less noticeable after sanding and buffing it. Probably going to work on it this weekend as well. I have been back and forth on the interior as its not horrible and only the engine cover and bottom driver seat cushion need recovering.. I got a quote for 1700 to replace the entire interior including new foam. this is from a real shop who does good work and would use marine vinyl and foam. I'mjust trying to save money and see if anyone has used thoes spray vinyl repair things or a service like fibrenew. some seats only have mold issues but it comes back after i clean it... or should i just get it all recovered.

Chrismath88
10-28-2013, 02:22 PM
pictures uploaded. i might try to upload another tonight on the laptop.

Ironhorse
10-28-2013, 03:06 PM
Great work, its coming along nicely. There is a thread on here talking about spray coating interior and one of the boats looks great in the photos. Keep up the great work and thanks for the pics.

scott023
10-28-2013, 03:41 PM
That's coming along very nicely.

Chrismath88
10-28-2013, 08:10 PM
reposting a few of the same pictures. ill checkout that thread on the interior spray. Saving money means i can spend it on a lift! If the spray gets me another year or so id be real happy.

Bouyhead
10-28-2013, 08:36 PM
So, didn't get as much done as i would have liked. mostly more compounding the same areas. did do some looking into decals, I'm considering the newer chrome 3D plastic ones that stick out... but I've taken some side profiles in the hope that someone better than I with computers could superimpose the stars and stripes logo on it. or the bigger chrome and black mastercraft logo. I think it was on a Sammy d edition. I also tried using a car scratch repair 4 in one kit. the few scratches that won't come out with buffing are well above the water line. couldn't find a great color match but it made it much less noticeable after sanding and buffing it. Probably going to work on it this weekend as well. I have been back and forth on the interior as its not horrible and only the engine cover and bottom driver seat cushion need recovering.. I got a quote for 1700 to replace the entire interior including new foam. this is from a real shop who does good work and would use marine vinyl and foam. I'mjust trying to save money and see if anyone has used thoes spray vinyl repair things or a service like fibrenew. some seats only have mold issues but it comes back after i clean it... or should i just get it all recovered.

$1700 seems like a super price for a complete interior. I would have a hard time passing that up. Boat looks great, love that Flagship Blue.

Ben
10-28-2013, 11:10 PM
That boat clearly needs a Z06.

Chrismath88
11-07-2013, 09:34 PM
progress has been slow, so many projects. Going this weekend to potentially pickup a Harbor Master aluminum electric powered lift for 800 or so bucks potentially... winter and craigslist stalking has its benefits....

meanwhile I have come to the conclusion that it will be much more work than I thought to be able to see my reflection in my boats entire hull... the buffer was pushed to the point where it got a bit stinky but it is only half as shiny as it is under where the upholstery was removed. Since i've gotten this far my ocd will not allow me to leave it alone. 1000 then 1500 grit wet sanding over the 600 marks then compound and polish... Would have saved much time if i had just gone this way originally but you live and learn.

I'm having my brother whos a graph designer work up some logo ideas, a more modern style or old school stars and stripes with a twist. Will post what he comes up with.

also polished faded black dashboard which came out really good with minimal effort. and removed steering wheel which involved cutting notches in the screws with a dremel as all the Alan keys twisted. I have my eyes on a new grant wheel which will look really nice.

Chrismath88
11-07-2013, 09:36 PM
as you can see actually got the girlfriend working the buffer, figured that had to be documented.

Bouyhead
11-08-2013, 06:25 AM
The dash really came back to life. The GF looks pretty handy;)

Ironhorse
11-08-2013, 08:10 AM
Its looking great!!

NWMike
11-08-2013, 06:21 PM
Your boat is looking great. Here's some pics of my boat when I sprayed the seats to hide the yellowing.

This is great stuff for buying time. It is all in the prep as to how long it holds. Must be clean and must really tape off what you don't want to get overspray on. It is a marine grade dye from SEM and there are only about 20 colors to choose from. I used Fountain Grey.

Chrismath88
11-08-2013, 08:13 PM
thanks guys, nwmike your interior looks great! I am strongly considering spraying with SEM that grey color you mentioned is the one you used for the light grey color? Im just worried about mold thats on my back seats, ive used spray 9 and a few other things to try and clean it up. Im just worried that it will come back through the SEM stuff. my engine cover and driver seat bottom i might even try to repair... seats next season unless im flush for some reason... Does anyone know the best way to get rid of mold permanently? have treated repeatedly with spray 9 and other mold removers... mr clean worked well until the cover got really wet in rain and mold came back...

gsxrjtt
11-09-2013, 09:57 AM
hey does your center cap on the steering wheel have a 25th ann logo ?

Cloaked
11-09-2013, 12:12 PM
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Chrismath88
11-09-2013, 12:58 PM
it is really roached out, like it got melted somehow, but appears to be the horizontal stripped star logo like on the seats and side trim

gsxrjtt
11-09-2013, 01:00 PM
can you take a picture for me of it.

Chrismath88
11-13-2013, 09:41 PM
apologies for delayed response, here is the picture of the centercap

NWMike
12-18-2013, 10:23 PM
chrismath88, yes, I used the Fountain Gray on the light gray areas. A little lighter than stock but look good when it's on. To really kill of the mold I would think you'd need to pull the skins off to neutralize/kill the mold if its originating inside. I'd try to spray a seat next spring and see if it works its way through again. Easy to re-spray if you had to. Take them apart if it comes back and let the cushion and the inside of the vinyl skin bake in the sun for a day. Mildew/mold spray again wouldn't hurt once exposed.

Quick
12-31-2013, 04:19 AM
Chrismath88, curious what you used to bring your dash back to life. My 91 Prostar needs it done bad.

Thanks

Chrismath88
01-26-2014, 10:24 PM
Hey, sorry i have been away. Hibernation.

For my dashboard I just used automotive compound and polish. Little elbow grease. It came back very quickly. I have finally scraped together the money for the interior and am hopeful that spring will come soon and I can begin work again in March...

joeshredder
02-05-2014, 08:19 PM
Hey, sorry i have been away. Hibernation.

For my dashboard I just used automotive compound and polish. Little elbow grease. It came back very quickly. I have finally scraped together the money for the interior and am hopeful that spring will come soon and I can begin work again in March...


@Chrismath88
I was wondering what your Prostar 190 Decals looked like?
Do you have new ones ready to install?
Where did you find them?

Thank you in advance :)

atihanyi
02-05-2014, 09:35 PM
@Chrismath88
I was wondering what your Prostar 190 Decals looked like?
Do you have new ones ready to install?
Where did you find them?

Thank you in advance :)

do a search for bay area water sports . they are out of business but when they closed they had all the files to make any decals and the lady that was doing them has started her own business . I have a brand new set ready to go on in the spring from them and she does nice work

thatsmrmastercraft
02-05-2014, 10:04 PM
@Chrismath88
I was wondering what your Prostar 190 Decals looked like?
Do you have new ones ready to install?
Where did you find them?

Thank you in advance :)

do a search for bay area water sports . they are out of business but when they closed they had all the files to make any decals and the lady that was doing them has started her own business . I have a brand new set ready to go on in the spring from them and she does nice work

This is the link to the gal that was doing vinyl for BAWS.

http://www.planeth2oonline.com/

You might also PM mikeg205. He might just be able to help you out.

atihanyi
02-05-2014, 10:07 PM
This is the link to the gal that was doing vinyl for BAWS.

http://www.planeth2oonline.com/

You might also PM mikeg205. He might just be able to help you out.

thankyou sir:cool:

thatsmrmastercraft
02-05-2014, 10:10 PM
thankyou sir:cool:

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mikeg205
02-06-2014, 12:35 AM
I have most of the artwork drawn - only a few thing missing... let me know what you need and I will create the artwork and see if I can solve your problem.

If it's not here - let me know what you need.

BAWS managed the orders for the decals - not sure what is going to happen going forward.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o91j4vsfromgu2x/r0N1CR5VtR

DooSPX
02-20-2014, 02:12 PM
I believe Mike has all of the 91 style mc decals even the traction mat decal well all except for the slash MasterCraft side decal with the drop shadow.

here are most you would need. All decals are white on your boat FYI.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o91j4vsfromgu2x/YDKB3_YLnL/Banded%20Prostar%20white.pdf
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o91j4vsfromgu2x/r0N1CR5VtR#lh:null-banded%20star%20blk%20190.ai
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o91j4vsfromgu2x/r0N1CR5VtR#lh:null-Stern%20Decal%20with%20stripe%20no%20shadow.ai

Chrismath88
03-24-2014, 11:03 PM
Can't believe BAWS is out of business, I was just planning on ordering in the next few weeks! Does anyone know if the lady who has the decals now is continuing the same quality? I've decided since the 91 was a one year only I'm keeping the colors and decals exactly as they came from the factory, maybe slightly larger side decals but same slashed style color as factory.

Weather is so cold in NE! Interior is at shop I'll post pictures as I get them!

thatsmrmastercraft
03-24-2014, 11:43 PM
Can't believe BAWS is out of business, I was just planning on ordering in the next few weeks! Does anyone know if the lady who has the decals now is continuing the same quality? I've decided since the 91 was a one year only I'm keeping the colors and decals exactly as they came from the factory, maybe slightly larger side decals but same slashed style color as factory.

Weather is so cold in NE! Interior is at shop I'll post pictures as I get them!

Send mikeg205 a PM. He does very impressive work and can work with you on any modifications you want. His work on the decals on my '77 is top of the line.

Chrismath88
03-25-2014, 01:34 PM
Hey Mike, I tried but couldn't figure out how to PM you, if you could PM me I'm interested in an entire new decal set for my 91.

Thanks, Chris

Chrismath88
04-02-2014, 08:40 AM
Mastercraft skins update from the guy doing my interior. Notice the red and blue logo he said the stitching behind was still there and this is an exact color match. I told him I wanted it original. Never seen one with blue and red logos. Anyone else seen this?

Pickwick
04-02-2014, 09:02 AM
Red and blue logos...classic. :cool:

patusa
04-02-2014, 09:48 AM
That looks great!! What was the cost of the dog house skins?

Chrismath88
04-02-2014, 11:01 AM
Thanks, unsure the break down but he's doing all the seats including new foam for 1700 with carpet for the entire boat. I brought him the seats and I will install carpet, tho I might ask his price for that too

Chrismath88
04-02-2014, 12:53 PM
Has anyone else seen the red and blue logos? Guess I'm bringing the red stripe back.

patusa
04-02-2014, 04:31 PM
Will be looking to redo my 91 prostar the same colors as yours.

Chrismath88
04-02-2014, 11:53 PM
Mike here are the pictures.

Quick
04-03-2014, 06:59 AM
Mike here are the pictures.


Mike, I have the same year boat and need those same decals if you don't mind making another pair? I am referring to the Boatman's checklist and the red decal beside it. Do you also make capacity decals? Thank you

patusa
04-03-2014, 09:19 AM
Can you give me his phone # ?

Chrismath88
04-04-2014, 07:35 AM
Yes certainly
Kens auto upholstery (413) 447-9226
Ask for Ken (usual just Ken and his lady there)

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=160086820741354

patusa
04-04-2014, 08:07 AM
Thank you!! I going to give him a call today.

mikeg205
04-04-2014, 10:20 AM
Yes I can make the warning stickers - any idea what color the type was on red stickers? white?

these guys make the capacity stickers.

mike

Quick
04-04-2014, 10:48 AM
I don't, mine is all faded. You didn't post a link to the capacity stickers.

Thanks

mikeg205
04-08-2014, 04:20 PM
I will make up the sticker for you tonight and post up.

chrism. sending a PM

mike

mikeg205
04-08-2014, 11:10 PM
here's the link to the capacity stickers..

http://garzonstudio.com/boat/capacity-decal.html - capacity stickers

I can make the other warning stickers - I have all the type now.

Quick
04-09-2014, 03:55 AM
Thanks Mike and sending you a PM on some other decals. Sorry to thread Jack.