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Orangeburg posted 08-05-2008 04:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for Orangeburg   Send Email to Orangeburg  
I recently purchased a 1986 13' Sport. The inside needs new wood, (which I think I can do) and the deck needs to be repainted/refinished. I have found great instructions on restoring the outer hull/gel coat on this site, but nowhere can I find instructions on refinishing the inside. There are countless fine cracks in the paint, as the boat has been left in the sun for many years. I am concerned that sanding and repainting will remove the cross checkering on the deck. Is anyone aware of a good site to walk me through this project? Any advice would be so appreciated.
frontier posted 08-05-2008 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
I consider painting any Whaler to be the absolute last resort. Most Whaler gelcoat can be restored.
For the interior non-skid, try Barkeepers Friend cleanser with a medium duty Scotchbrite pad (the kind with the built-in handle so you can apply lots of pressure).
It usually cleans up nice enough that you're glad you didn't paint it.

whfrazier posted 08-05-2008 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for whfrazier  Send Email to whfrazier     
orangeburg... I'm in the same "boat" (so to speak) with my 63 whaler 13 restoration project. I'll be interested in all the information you can find... thanks Hank
Orangeburg posted 08-05-2008 10:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Orangeburg  Send Email to Orangeburg     
Thank you Frontier. I will definitely try that before attempting a more intensive approach. Should I use the powdered Bar Keeper's Friend, or the liquid? How much do you think I should order/buy for the whole job. I see it online, but do you know of any stores where I might find this? Any tips for application?

Sorry about all the questions, but I am not a very handy guy...

PS: I have reposted this question to the "Whaler Repairs/Mods" forum, as it seemed more appropriate. Please post responses to that thread. Thanks!!!

daveb posted 08-05-2008 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for daveb  Send Email to daveb     
A 1986 should indeed clean up with proper pressure from 3M Scotch Brite pads using progressive pressure and appropriate
cleansers/compounds. GO slow!, remove dust/water constantly

If you are painting a 49 or 50 year old hull with 16 semi-annual coats of Glidden house paint in the interior, a different approach will be needed. I am running BW Hull #710 which had the Glidden Paint scheme. Let me know if you want photos of any particular repair effort/issue. Keep working on'em boys, the wife loves what we are doing. (Hugh?)


frontier posted 08-05-2008 11:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
I use the powder Barkeepers Friend, it's cheap (around $2.50) - get it at Wal Mart, Target or local grocery store (cleaning supplies section next to Comet). 1-2 containers should it for a 13. To get the tough stains out, make it into a paste, let it sit for a minute and scrub. I use it most everywhere, not just on non-skid. Great for rust stains and stainless steel also. And then follow it up with #7 polishing compound (Ace Hardware has that) or even 600-800 grit wet/dry sandpaper used wet. Then a good wax for the final touch.
deepwater posted 08-13-2008 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
so how is the rebuild going
deepwater posted 08-15-2008 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
did you start ,,have you taken any pics

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