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Vinyl flatwork on side panels ( photos )

April 15 2007 at 7:58 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to * Update on the 20' fiberglass Sea Skiff project (an "almost Commander")

We headed out to Old Hickory Lake Saturday morning after loading up all the interior panels for the 20’ Sea Skiff into Janet’s SUV. That allowed Janet to spend the week-end on the water and it allowed me to work on boat stuff in the comfort of an interior space, while the weather got wet, cold, and breezy outside.

We ordered the vinyl from West Marine, after checking actual color samples in the local store. We selected a color that very closely matched the interior color of the original boat, and it was not listed in their catalog. They have a bigger selection of vinyl to choose from if you actually go to the store and look at their internal sample books. We chose the “Dune” color, which is used on all the side panels, along with white seats and white motor box top.

Here is your forum host working on some of the flatwork. If you have a job like this, don’t even think about doing it without an electric staple gun. Your hands would never take the punishment. I carefully checked the various staple sizes to be sure they were not penetrating too far through the thin plywood side panels. Yes, those are original panels, and yes, that is the original vinyl still on them too. We decided to leave the original vinyl in place just to add a little better “feel” to the finished work, and to provide a cushion. Monel staples were used. The hammer you see in the photos was used to go over all the staples once the work was done, to be sure all the staples were flattened down.

I’ll be able to finish this up in one more evening's work. In the interim this week, I have some chrome work to do, I’m getting my engine stringer reinforcements back, and instruments are due too. In the basement shop, I have the windshield all spread out and work is under way on a complete restoration of some heavily pitted pieces. I will do a complete report on that part of the job, as it applies to all Commanders. Once I see how this works, I may well do the same thing on the interior of my 38 Express. The industrial coatings I’ve selected are so close to a true anodized finish you hopefully won’t be able to tell the difference. More on that later.

Regards, Paul

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