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    Got it flipped and starting the task I was dreaClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	479145ding. It's in worse shape than I expected in some places, not as bad in others.

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    I’ve used stripper on cars before. Getting the paint saturated and dwell time really helps. Sometimes I would use a bondo spreader to slice some scratches into the paint when the stripper was applied to help it get through all of it. I would think the lacquer thinner is used to completely clean the surface after the stripping is finished. If the paint on the hull has no hardener in it then lacquer thinner will strip it off. Again saturated rags and let it sit and dwell til paint curls makes things easier. Not always ideal on vertical or sloped surfaces but it beats sanding lol
    Hydrostream dreamin

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    Saran wrap over the stripper works wonders....

    83 V-King, Mercury 3.0 back on the transom
    Stop wearing the face bags people. Don't be a sheep!
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    Just an update to keep my progress stored. All of the bottom paint is gone, thank god. Some stripper (mainly total boat) and a floor scraper that take 4" razor blades, worked great. A ton of sandpaper too of course. Now filling all of the many, many imperfections with 3m vinyl esters. Have my color scheme picked out and my gelcoat, sprayer ready to go. A bit more sanding and then to finally start making it look good.Click image for larger version. 

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    Priming with gell cote? Or a pre mix primer?

    83 V-King, Mercury 3.0 back on the transom
    Stop wearing the face bags people. Don't be a sheep!
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    Boosted, if you like metalflake, you can shoot two coats of gel coat........color for a base and then put flake in with a small amount of clear and then another coat of clear(much heavier coat) to bury the flake.

    There's also shooting paint in your color and then flake with a 2k intercoat clear and then a clear gel coat on top of that. But you would have to check for compatability on that.........may have to paint and let the solvent work out of the paint for awhile and then gelcoat. I've never attempted it, but I may experiment with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XstreamVking View Post
    Priming with gell cote? Or a pre mix primer?
    In the areas where I used totalfair I'm using an epoxy primer to make it able to take the gelcoat. Everywhere else I used the 3m that supposedly is able to be sprayed with gelcoat.

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    I bought a gallon of neutral gelcoat with some color pigment, a quart or 2 of black gelcoat, a gallon of clear gelcoat, a pound of metal flake, styrene for any thinning I may need, and some wax additive for the final coat of clear. And a butt load of wet/dry sandpaper from 220 - 3000 grit. Now I just need a week or so of free time. That's the hardest part when you have a wife, kids and a full time job.

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    yeah use the thinner to clean it off after using the stripper saran wrap does help allot gel is great I have a bunch of flake left over from Kodys boat if you need some

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    I always thought the pad area in the pocket was an after thought by howard. Not sure what it does beside create suction. These boats ride fairly flat anyway right?

    83 V-King, Mercury 3.0 back on the transom
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    There are carbide-tipped paint scrapers that last seemingly forever. A dull steel one is a pain in the ass. Sandvik and Bahco makes them, try a woodworker's supply store.

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    This is a little off the topic of my build but thought I'd throw it out there to see if I can get an answer before going elsewhere.
    My motor is a used 96 2.5 225 that I got from a guy who put a ton of work into it. It has a hydromotive nose cone but no low water pickup. I really don't want to cut this cone off to install another with a pickup. I dont really have the money for one. I'd like to find another but I thought about installing a transom mounted water pickup instead. Does anyone know any pros or cons to doing this. I know I'd have to have a hose running from transom to motor which is kind of a pain. And drill holes in my brand new transom... but other than that, what are the down sides? Appreciate any feedback.

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    Just a few more pics of progress. One is a rough sketch I did while determining what colors and where. The other is just before gelcoat and then just after the first coat of grey. More gelcoat supposed to be delivered tomorrow so I'm hoping to finish spraying the bottom this weekend. I did not buy nearly enough neutral gelcoat.

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