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flint99 posted 12-04-2002 02:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for flint99   Send Email to flint99  
I bought a 67 eastport. Its in good condition, has spidercracks and other minor fiberglass wear and tear. I want to restore the inside/outside and console but not sure the best route.. I like the idea of Awlgrip but it sounds pretty dangerous to use, and regelcoating seems difficult also. I'm fairly mechanically cordinated and have an open garage to work in and a compressor and would purchase the proper spray tools needed. I'm just not sure the best road to take, maybe paying a professional may be the way to go. Also what would the cost of this roughly be...
Any advise is appreciated.
James
David Ratusnik posted 12-04-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
I'd have it buffed out first. You may just like the looks. If the buff job looks good, have some wax applied. Check the cost at a local marina, then see if you can beat the price with a local fellow. .03 David

Use the same process for gelcoat touch up or the whole job.

.03 David

Steve Leone posted 12-05-2002 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Flint, gelcoat spraying is an art. Conditions must prevail before any atempt (temperature, humidity, etc.). A large nozzled sprayer must be used and the gelcoat must be thinned to a proper consistency with styrene before spraying. I am not saying you cant do it, just practice on something other than your Whaler before you get real serious about it. Like painting prep work is large part of the job. Use 1500 wet/dry paper to cut the smoth surfaces down. Use a fine wheeled stainless or brass wire wheel on a hand drll to cut the floor down. Move the wheel back and forth and do not stay in one place too long or press too hard. This makes for quick work on the floor. If the serations on the floor are worn out in places you can make a template from an unworn part of the floor and use this to repair the worn. There is a ton of info about restoration on this site. Just dig. Steve

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