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  • [QUOTE=WhiskeyTango;n2696439]Hope everyone had a great Christmas. It’s been a crazy month of work travel, a ski trip, holidays and covid (cold-like; no big deal… luckily).

    The deck is mostly done; just have a bit of follow up polishing to do.

    Got the gray base color for the stripe on the hull yesterday and got it sanded tonight. Hope to get some flake and clear on this at the end of the week.

    Looks like you got Gel figured out Looks Great.

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    • Not exactly boat progress, but I needed a slip for the 1980, and my dock partner has a new boat on order, so we’ll be moving stuff around to better use our space and get the boats in the right slips / lifts.

      Step 1 was getting two jet ski ports out to make some room.

      Nice day for it once the rain stopped.

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      • Awesome!! This is one of my favorite threads. Thanks for the update and pics

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        • The flake stripe is on the hull. Laying this out was more art than science. Measurements from before deconstruction indicated it was of variable widths and not symmetrical between the sides. So we eyeballed it then checked and adjusted to get it relatively even between the sides.

          I finally got the timing right on removing the masking and had little clean up to do on the edges.

          Ready for blue.

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          • Originally posted by WhiskeyTango View Post
            The flake stripe is on the hull. Laying this out was more art than science. Measurements from before deconstruction indicated it was of variable widths and not symmetrical between the sides. So we eyeballed it then checked and adjusted to get it relatively even between the sides.

            I finally got the timing right on removing the masking and had little clean up to do on the edges.

            Ready for blue.
            Love it. I think you have it nailed down. That's all I can say...speechless at the extent that you have kept it in house. This rebuild has been a lot of work. Holy smoke.

            Thanks again for taking the time to document and share.

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            • Thanks for the kind words, Chuck. I’m learning a lot here.

              Today we sprayed the blue. Mrs WT mixed and I sprayed. 3+ hours not including masking and prep time, and about 3 gallons of mixed material applied. Curing now.

              (Great to have help this week between the boss and my oldest daughter home from college.)

              I decided that part of my previous problem with pin holes was that my gel may have been a little cool, and the first coat was applied too thin. So I got the shop toasty and applied very fat coats. Less holes to deal with this time, but a few sags and runs. They’ll sand right out so probably a good trade.

              Side note: Basically gelcoat is sprayable resin, i.e. glue., so it’s nasty to spray. Shoes get sticky enough you could walk right out of them. I threw away the tyvek suit at the end. I literally could have stuck it to the ceiling. I kept having to clean my eyes because they would start to stick when I blinked. Gross.

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              • Nice progress.

                I am looking forward to seeing you put the stringers in and putting it back together.

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                • Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the first pass on the hull failed to meet my expectations.

                  The hull bottom is fine, but the sides need redone - just clear and blue. The flake looks good but I don’t have enough clear on it or blue next to it to get the smooth transition between colors that I need.

                  It’s all sanded and remasked. Waiting on some more materials to arrive and then will respray, sand, etc. Groundhog Day.

                  Clear will go on the gray stripe first, then the brown masking comes off and it cures, then blue.

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                  • Keep going.

                    What about the inside of the hull when you get ready to put it all back together? Any thoughts or plans? Stringers? Floor, upholstery, carpet, dash, wiring, etc? Inquiring mind wants to know.



                    Are you still married? :-)

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                    • Chuck - Stringers are all done, epoxied in, etc. Floor is built, cut and epoxy coated but not installed.

                      I have an upholsterer lined up but haven’t picked materials yet. All new gauges and perfect pass selected and fitted to the dash. Haven’t done any wiring yet.

                      I have an audio plan but haven’t bought anything yet.

                      Engine is done and ready to set but I haven’t gotten the guts to crack the transmission open yet to rebuild it.

                      Lotta fun yet to have.


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                      • Originally posted by WhiskeyTango View Post
                        Chuck - Stringers are all done, epoxied in, etc. Floor is built, cut and epoxy coated but not installed.

                        I have an upholsterer lined up but haven’t picked materials yet. All new gauges and perfect pass selected and fitted to the dash. Haven’t done any wiring yet.

                        I have an audio plan but haven’t bought anything yet.

                        Engine is done and ready to set but I haven’t gotten the guts to crack the transmission open yet to rebuild it.

                        Lotta fun yet to have.

                        Now you're talking like a sober judge... thanks. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

                        There is a good write-up on here about rebuilding the Velvet Drive transmission if that is of interest. The fellow did a good job with photos and tutorial.

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                        • Did we miss the whole stringer process, or was it not posted up here? When did you do it?

                          Awesome progress all around. Incredible determination. I'm impressed.

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                          • Originally posted by mwagner01 View Post
                            Did we miss the whole stringer process, or was it not posted up here? When did you do it?

                            Awesome progress all around. Incredible determination. I'm impressed.
                            I did the stringers and floor fab in October 2020, right after buying the boat. I started posting after that but summarized the process in the first several posts; see page 1.

                            In retrospect, that job, which seemed large at the time, was a cake walk compared to the bodywork and refinishing the exterior!

                            Overall, this job has been an incredible learning experience. I’m not sure how long it will be before I take on another boat project, but I can say for sure that it would go a heck of a lot faster the second time!

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                            • I applied 4 more coats of clear to the stripe tonight. At first glance, I’ll need to do a little (but not much) razor blade clean up on the tape line before the blue goes on, which can probably happen this next weekend.

                              I’m hoping this cleans up the blue-to-flake transition nicely and I can move on to the next step.

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                              • Originally posted by WhiskeyTango View Post
                                I applied 4 more coats of clear to the stripe tonight. At first glance, I’ll need to do a little (but not much) razor blade clean up on the tape line before the blue goes on, which can probably happen this next weekend.

                                I’m hoping this cleans up the blue-to-flake transition nicely and I can move on to the next step.
                                Looks even better.

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