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toobusylivin 01-05-2012 11:33 PM

85 stars and stripes resto.
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okay gang, time for this newbie to post a few pics of my winter project. I've owned the boat for 2 seasons, got all mechanical bugs worked out, now it's time to make it pretty.

Note the "orangish" color. I figured I'd need to paint , but color sanded for 6 hours, then buffed another 4 hours, and amazingly it's red again!! That is some thick gelcoat!

toobusylivin 01-05-2012 11:36 PM

sorry about the quality of the last pic. (took it with my phone) I'll post some better ones.
Next up, replace carpet, and redo interior. anyone know what type of material the seats use? It's different than typical boat fabric.

vrsc 01-05-2012 11:49 PM

nice start. Congrats

Masterfull 01-05-2012 11:56 PM

Nice job!! Clearly a labor of love... look forward to more photos!!

madcityskier 01-06-2012 12:03 AM

It was a marine vinyl made by General Tire. It was discontinued some time ago. Looks like some of the interior has already been redone. Great boat. Best bet is probably it just look for a durable marine grade fabric in the closest color you can find it. Where are you located? A guy I know went thru and got some very nice results. I'm sure lots of people will have other suggestions of places that do great work. Looking great so far. Keep updating the pics.

madcityskier 01-06-2012 12:13 AM

You might try this link and ask them about it. Same manufacturer, but nit sure how similar it would be.

thatsmrmastercraft 01-06-2012 01:04 AM

Great start on bringing the color back. Keep posting the great pics.:cool:

1redTA 01-06-2012 08:14 AM

nice how did you go about wet sanding?

2RLAKE 01-06-2012 08:36 AM

amazing ... terrific to see your hard work paying off .. i always wanted to do a restoration project as my dad has rebuilt several antique cars ... he's 84 and slowing down now and i'm going to finish his 1930 Ford truck

toobusylivin 01-06-2012 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by 1redTA (Post 809287)
nice how did you go about wet sanding?

tried wetsanding...wouldn't touch it! I ended up dry sanding with a d/a using 240 grit paper to get through to red, then 600, 1200 wet, 1500 wet, and buffing it with 3m heavy duty compound, extra cut, and finally finesse it 2. Lots of steps, but worth it.

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