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Old 06-13-2013, 09:43 AM
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Nice progress Steve. I'll snap a pic of our cig lighter the next time we go out unless someone beats me to it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:25 PM
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Your bow turned out great! With the cigarette plug on my dash, it wasn't plugged in behind the dash, not that we needed one. Anyway West Marine had a cheap replacement with a cap for it. Sorry, I do t have a pic Hig.
I like that idea of a replacement with a cap, I'd never use the lighter and it's one less think for the kids to play with.
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What are your plans for the dash panels?
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:54 PM
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What are your plans for the dash panels?
I'm going to try and wrap them in 3M vinyl. I ordered some bubinga wood vinyl and I'm going to see about having the letters cut from white vinyl. I probably should have ordered a set of replacements from Frank's post but that wouldn't be as much fun. You see pics when I start on it.

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Old 06-16-2013, 03:05 PM
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I'm so excited, I finally feel like I've rounded the corner where it's time to put things back together again!!

I have the whole exterior & interior clean. This morning I finished waxing the interior of the boat, I had finished washing and buffing the interior Saturday.







Here's a good pic of how most of the carpets looked when I bought the boat, fortunately it can clean up with just the power washer. You can also see the modified wand I used to spray up under things better, it was too hard to spray in all the compartments with out it.

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I know I still have a lot of work to do, I'm ordering the motor rebuild kit tomorrow and I'm going to have the machine shop rebuild the short block.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:24 PM
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Here's a good before and after:





I don't think I have to mark them before & after - you should be able to tell!!

I don't want to claim to be an expert but I've learned a lot with removing the oxidation. I really recommend, on a boat this bad, wet sanding with 600, 800, 1000, 1200 and on the dark colors 1500 grit 3M wet sandpaper.

My neighbor stopped by while I was buffing and he gave me a bottle of Presta Starta Ultra Cut compound and I have to say that worked the best.



The 3M compound is supposed to be the best for buffing fresh automotive clear coat and I would say it cuts about the same as the Meguires Oxidation Remover. The Presta cut the best and left a nice finish, I did not go over it with a finer compound. I would really recommend going thru all the grits, I played around with different steps and when I did all those grits it buffed like a piece of cake. Also pictured is the sanding pad I used to get nice even pressure while I was sanding. I bought 9 1/2" x 11" sheets and cut them in half, you wrap them in thirds around the block so you get 3 sides to sand with. I was surprised the paper did not last longer, I would say I had to use a fresh side about every 2' ft. x 2' ft. area or less.

I hope this encourages someone to get out there and buff their boat:
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:27 PM
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What is the best way to clean up the aluminum windshield frame? I'm assuming it oxidation?



I tried buffing a small area by hand and that worked but is there a cleaner that would shine it up, maybe a wheel product?

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Old 06-16-2013, 04:44 PM
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Man that's looking good.

I've never tried working on the windshield frame; I got out a buffing wheel and aluminum rouge and did our Air Chair, but that seems like a poor choice for the frame. You're on your own for this one.
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What polish did you use hig?
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:35 PM
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What polish did you use hig?


Thanks for asking, I meant to post that also. I used the Meguires this time but I also bought some Collinite Heavy Duty Fleetwax that I will try next time.
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