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    So there won't be much left to post until the paint is down. It's going to be a bit of a long grueling process of sand, prime, sand, prime, sand, PAINT, then sand again and buff that b!tch out!!! I want this thing to have a perfect finish since I have taken it this far I might as well go for "gold", Plus This obsession I have with a "mirror quality finish". This is the part that stresses me out the most. Like most amateurs I have a problem with knowing when to stop. Something that has so many faces to cover I most likely going to have a problem burning through an edge when color sanding. I managed to pull off A decent job on the last project i painted but that was white. This will be jet black and we all know how black paint will highlight every flaw, but when it's done right nothing looks better.

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    Well i wanted to show the complete finished product with decals on but I ran out of paint and had to order more. So far i've shot the pan, front cover, hardware and one side of the cowl. Here is where i'm at right now.
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    That's a mean-ass looking cowl... I love it!

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    Another teaser!
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    ...and the results are in!!!
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    So am I happy with the finished product? **** Yeah, I think I nailed it!!! I certainly tried my ass off to get a flawless result, but there are a few flaws in the paint, they are very minor and hard to find though. It's nothing I can't fix later. Usually I never give myself a deadline but I really wanted this finished before my trip to the river. This is no doubt the best result I have every achieved. So again thanks to Stv_Keith and David-Wi for all the measurements, I would have been way off without those. I'll post more pictures when I get this boat in the water and in the sunlight.

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    Awesome Work, that is a piece of art work.

    MO

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    Man, that came out great! Congrats. It is my favorite Merc cowl still, and what I have on my STV.
    Keith-

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    amazing job! why didnt you wrap the decals around the back?
    SEEBOLD CHAMPBOAT MERCURY S3000

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    Outstanding! Dude, I'm exhausted just from cheering for you.

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    I kept going back-and-forth on whether or not to keep them all original or make a few slight changes, i wanted to put my own touch to it. Personally I like the way it looks on the back with the 2.4 decal by itself. I also cut out the fine white stripes around the decals. Originally I planned on not using the 2.4 decal because it would be a false advertisement ( underneath is a 2.0) but it just looks so damn good with it on.

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    Thank you David, you got me thinking about making a mold. I have this strange feeling that eventually I'm going to just go for it. There's lots of great info on the Internet. It may be a while if I do. I can practice on the original coun I can practice on the old cowl till I get it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhite85 View Post
    Thank you David, you got me thinking about making a mold. I have this strange feeling that eventually I'm going to just go for it. There's lots of great info on the Internet. It may be a while if I do. I can practice on the original coun I can practice on the old cowl till I get it right
    Lay up carbon fiber... or vacuum mold polycarbonate? Mine is crappy (bought it here) but you can borrow it if it's not on a boat by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David - WI View Post
    Lay up carbon fiber... or vacuum mold polycarbonate? Mine is crappy (bought it here) but you can borrow it if it's not on a boat by then.
    The ultimate goal would be carbon fiber version. I Watched a couple videos on pre-preg carbon fiber and that would be awesome. But I going to start with polyester resin and fiberglass, already ordered orange tooling gel, resin, veil on fiberglast.com. Got to put myself through a test of trial and error on something that's not that important first.

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