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Overnighter progresses

July 3 2012 at 11:40 AM

Craig L  (Login clindberg)

While not surprising that a number of factors have conspired to slow the restoration, its gratifying when progress is made. After I improperly prepped the surface of the outdrive, I chose to have it and the props bead blasted using glass media by a professional shop in Gainesville, GA, Blast-All. They then used an etching primer (where I screwed up), followed by a milspec industrial mid-coat, followed by a PPG epoxy paint. Total: $300 Here are the results-
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The hull prep has required an 80 grit on the bottom and a 120 on the topside; these old gelcoats are harder than Chinese arithmetic. In the process determined there were areas that prior repeated polishings had thinned the gelcoat almost to the mat so painting was the correct decision (a new gelcoat was not in the budget). The many spider cracks, nicks and holes require tedious attention. A few photos for reference that also made me appreciate the great lines and design in this boat.
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I'll really, really enjoy the day when the Overnighter gets splashed.

Happy 4th!
Craig Lindberg

 
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