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Old 01-16-2006, 10:56 AM
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Fiberglass/Paint References

Does anyone know of any good books or references for instruction on painting, and fiberglass work for boats? I want to eventually sand off my existing S&S glitterstripe and reapply it but have no idea what I am doing. My local shop wanted $5000 for just the stripe, no decals and not the rest of the boat. I have a good garage/shop to do it in, but don't know where to begin or end for that matter. Thanks.
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Does anyone know of any good books or references for instruction on painting, and fiberglass work for boats? I want to eventually sand off my existing S&S glitterstripe and reapply it but have no idea what I am doing. My local shop wanted $5000 for just the stripe, no decals and not the rest of the boat. I have a good garage/shop to do it in, but don't know where to begin or end for that matter. Thanks.
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I want to eventually sand off my existing S&S glitterstripe and reapply it but have no idea what I am doing. Thanks.
I sure hope you know what you are getting into. It aint no Sunday stroll in the park
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http://fiberglass-repair.com/

Lots of good info. I haven't bought his DVDs yet, but I will if I get in any deeper. I had a guy show me basic gel coat repair/refurbishing. It is alot easier than you think. It is mostly elbow grease stuff. I'm not familiar with the glitter stripe situation, but make sure you don't just need to wet sand and rub it out. Do a test patch. 1000 grit wet sand, 3M Perfect it III rubbing compound and then swirl mark remover, then wax, Wash between steps. If all you have is external surface fading / oxidation, the wet sanding might do it.

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PS Wish I had a shop to do it in, I'd do much more to my boat!
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:34 AM
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Thanks Matt,

I'll check it out, can't wet sand though....there is no gelcoat left on the glitter stripe, I would just be sanding the metaflake off.
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How about a clear coat over what is there?
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If I am going to do any clear/gel coating, I really want to go all out and make it awesome....probably a product of looking at Jeremy's 79 and drooling throughout the day.
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My buddy that used to do it for a living has shot a lot of metal flake. He said they shot the base color then blew the dry flake on the still wet stripe. He said it always looked like s.. errr terrible until they hit it with the clear gel and wet sanded it out. Only then did it look good. Sounds like the entire stripe has to be shot at once, so you've got to have everything totally ready to go. Because gel is catalyzed once you start the clock is ticking. If the DVD's don't cover metal flake restoration, call and/or email the guy a fiberglass-repair.com. I spoke to him a couple of times. He was real helpful.

I like the idea of roughing the stripe up and just shooting it with clear.

Do all of the other gel repairs prior to trying to shoot the stripe. I completely re-gelled the nose on mine. It was chipped completely through in 10 places due to the prior owner not knowing how to trailer it properly. I filled and fared the area to the right profile and shot it with gel, feathering it back on the stripe. After wet sanding it and buffing it out, the feathed area sanded and buffed so thin that it blended the old gel and new to virtually no breakmark.

If I were shooting metal flake, I'd get a fiberglass scrap and pratice on it until I got it perfect before trying it on my boat. Of course if you mess up with gel all you have to do is sand it down and try again. It's all about elbow grease not much on talent like shooting paint.

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