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Whaletosh posted 08-23-2005 09:13 AM ET (US)   Profile for Whaletosh  
What a big job. Pain in the tookus. The boat looks much better. I should finish the rest of the work this summer and coming winter. I hope that Irish and Laughing Gull have an owner's event again next year. I'll be there with my D-14 all polished and shiny.
Larry posted 08-25-2005 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for Larry  Send Email to Larry     
How did you do it? What does the gelcoat looklike? Any pics?
Whaletosh posted 08-25-2005 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
We, my pretty and cooperative wife and and I, came up with a 4 step process:

1) Put on Interlux's Interstrip 299E. Let sit for 15 minutes. Use a "putty knife" to scrape off the softened paint. Some parts of the boat had thicker paint se we needed repeat this step in some areas.

2) Use an acetone soaked cloth to remove most of the rest of the paint and "haze". You need to be careful to not let the acetone sit on the gel coat to long, it will damage it. Do it quickly and all is well. Interlux has a cleaner that they state should be used at this step, but the acetone worked for us.

3) Use full strength Simple Green to wash off any acetone and whatever is left.

4) Use Mary Kate's Cleaning Detail. This is designed for cleaning non-skid, but the slightly abrasive action finished cleaning the "haze" on most of the boat.

How, does it look. Much better!! There are still the scratches that were made to prep the bottom for the paint. Some of those still have some green paint. But unless one is pretty close to the boat they aren't noticeable. There is still a slight green "haze" on some parts. Next spring I will be using a buffer and polishing compound on the hull. Hopefully, this will take care of the "haze".

I don't have any pics. The boat still needs some work before it is show ready.


kamie posted 08-27-2005 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
How much stripper did you use on the boat. I am considering stripping the bottom pain on Evenstar next spring and starting fresh.
Whaletosh posted 08-28-2005 11:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
about a gallon
Whaletosh posted 09-12-2005 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
Got the D-14 out on the water for the first time since stripping the bottom paint. I was told that the performance would improve, which I found hard to believe. Well it is true. Hole shot was improved and top speed could be as well. I can't truly attest to the top speed as the motor can now be overrevved before blowout. With the bottom paint on the prop matched the boat/motor almost perfectly. Now it looks like I could step up an inch in pitch.
kamie posted 09-12-2005 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
Wow! I never knew it would make that much difference. Looks like I may need to look for a raised lift or the floating lifts for the boat and get rid of the bottom paint.

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