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    Been trying to grind out all the spider cracks and fill with epoxy, fair some of the other roughness to prepare for paint
    I got a quote from a fiberglass/paint shop on the CT shore line today,
    and looks like this boat will continue to stay as a backyard build !!!!!!

    Hard to find a boat painter around here, sent messages, called several and only one responded

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaronhl View Post
    Been trying to grind out all the spider cracks and fill with epoxy, fair some of the other roughness to prepare for paint
    I got a quote from a fiberglass/paint shop on the CT shore line today,
    and looks like this boat will continue to stay as a backyard build !!!!!!

    Hard to find a boat painter around here, sent messages, called several and only one responded
    Quote was too expensive or other issue?

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    Yes too expensive like 10,000
    He said to get a quote from an auto body

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    Got a pretty nice HIN tag replacement from Garzon Studios
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    That is one of my favorite models, looks like a ton of work! Good luck with wrapping it up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaronhl View Post
    Got a pretty nice HIN tag replacement from Garzon Studios
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    Nice

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    I bet a body shop will give a better price. On the cheap a roller may work. Can you get the boat up-side-down?

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    As long as your willing to cut and buff it doesnt really matter how poor the application is you can cut/buff until mirror and spray more if need be. Just sayin dont be afraid of tackling this yourself
    Hydrostream dreamin

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    So great weather day sprayed the gelcoat on the transom
    Just wanted to paint part of the transom so I can get the outboard jackplate bolted on before winter and then worry about rigging the boat next year/ painting the rest of it. I'll try to use a red/black gradient maybe with metal flake in and around some of the curves so everything will blend.
    Ran out of gelcoat because the grey Duratec sanding primer was dark. Needed several coats of red to hind the primer...I think I might sand through a couple areas when polishing the gelcoat

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    Quote Originally Posted by LakeFever View Post
    As long as your willing to cut and buff it doesnt really matter how poor the application is you can cut/buff until mirror and spray more if need be. Just sayin dont be afraid of tackling this yourself
    That is some good advice because I feel I can do it, it won't look like a professional job but atleast I can keep my 10k instead of giving it to someone else I'm sure I can make it look pretty good, not looking forward to the wet sanding and polishing part. I gotta tool up to finish the part of the gelcoat finishing

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    Heres what the rest of it looks like, had to primer over the epoxy repairs, and the transom primer before todays red gelcoat
    I actually like the primer look because it finally hides the ugly repairs I have bee looking at for a couple years
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    That’s looking really good!
    Hydrostream dreamin

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    The weather in Connecticut is staying warm well in October so I have been getting the boat ready
    After successfully (in my opinion) wet sanding and polishing the transom/splashwell, I was able to start installing the jack plate
    You have no idea how stressful it is to drill fresh holes in the transom after working on it for a few years !!
    Looks like I will be able to get the engine on the boat before it gets shrinkwrapped for the winter

    Early next spring I will be able to finish more sections of the exterior black/red gelcoat
    Even though it will be a lot of work gelcoating the whole boat I am up for the challenge since I can handle it in sections at a time...The hardest part is removing the orange peel during the first sanding, once you can knock the orange peel off, wet sanding is a breeze, and then the machine polisher does the rest of the cutting/polishing
    I will get a 320# grit pad for my DA polisher and hopefully that will speedup removing the orange peel

    Start with 320# grit wet
    400 wet
    800 wet
    1000 wet
    1500 wet
    alternate sanding directions between grits
    And then cut with 3M Perfect It Gelcoat Heavy Cut
    Finish with 3M Perfect It Gelcoat Polish+Wax

    I already got a scratch in the transom gelcoat putting on the jackplate !!!

    Once the snow stops I will be able to put the boat under the tent again and finsih all the interior items,
    I have a switch panel picked out and will need to get a custom gas tank made so I can fit the battery next to it under the splashwell

    Will upload more pictures over the winter when I get the lower unit and bucket seats done
    Also a picture of the fiberglass seat shells I made, took me over a year to make the mold for them, they are pretty close to matching the original Hydrostream shells I took out of my Valero YT, so they will get reupholstered this winter, I am thinking of white seats with black trim for the bucket seats and rear bench, with a dark gray carpet floor, hopefully that combination looks good

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    Very nice! Those seat shells look pretty spot on too IMO. Look just like the ones in my Vking
    Hydrostream dreamin

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