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Old 07-30-2014, 02:53 PM   #41
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***Update***


Spoke with John Greviskis yesterday as well as Bert and we're still on for Thursday, August 28th...


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Old 07-31-2014, 05:25 PM   #42
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At the time of this post we are 28 days away from this project, the first of it's type where our forum members are invited to help wetsand, cut and buff an freshly sprayed gel-coat finish on a classic 1960 Glastron.

Pretty cool in my world....


Anyway, Bert from Ship Shape TV picked me up today to go over to John's shop to check out the Glastron and take some pictures.

I think a lot of people probably think a new paint job and in this case a new gel-coat "job" would be pretty SMOOTH after being sprayed and drying but that's simply not the case and that's what we're going to fix.

Orange PeelJust like an automotive paint job will have orange peel, that is a surface textures that looks like the surface of the peel on an orange, the new gel-coat finish also has this same pebble like texture.

This means the finish has ZERO gloss and reflectivity, it's rough to the touch and it also has ZERO D.O.I.

D.O.I. = Distinction of Image

D.O.I. means how well or how clearly a surface reflects an image. A glass mirror has 100% D.O.I. this boat has zero. We're going to fix this issue by machine wetsanding the surface and then cutting and polishing to restore gloss using Marine 31 products.



Here's some pictures I took with my trusty, dusty Canon today...













These are the overhead florescent lights....




Notice how hard it is to SEE the florescent lights reflecting off the bow of the boat?

This is due to the rough, pebbled texture of the freshly sprayed gel-coat. This is NORMAL and this is why fresh gel-coat MUST be sanded and buffed to create a beautiful looking finish on the boat.






Frame-up shot
I'm take a far show of the corner so you can see what I'm photgraphing...




Close-up of the above shot...




Extreme close-up of the above shot --> Notice the rough texture?





This is a chunk of dirt that landed in the fresh, wet gel-coat and then dried there, stuck in the gel-coat.





Here's a boat next to the cap of the Glastron in the above pictures, the sides of the gel-coat on this boat are smooth...




See how images of the ladder reflect off a smooth surface?




The Hull

















Well that's the project... we'll be filming Ship Shape TV on Tuesday and if needed Wednesday and then on Thursday we'll be doing the complete project starting at 2:00pm

If you've ever wanted to learn how to,
  1. Machine sand.
  2. Use a rotary buffer.
  3. Use a Flex 3401.
  4. Use a Porter Cable dual action polisher.
Here's your chance!

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Old 08-06-2014, 01:50 PM   #43
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Mike,
Please sign me up for Aug 28 Boat Detail. I'm a car detailer in Boca Raton looking learn how to properly clean a boat& what products work best.
Thank you,
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:17 PM   #44
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Please sign me up for Aug 28 Boat Detail. I'm a car detailer in Boca Raton looking learn how to properly clean a boat& what products work best.
Thank you,
Paul Carey

You're on the list Paul...


Thank you for registering with our forum and replying to the sign-up thread.


As of now, this class is now FULL.

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Old 08-07-2014, 01:09 PM   #45
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As I type this, there are 8,954 views for this thread!


That's a lot of people looking at this thread but never posting to it. My guess is the write-up from this thread with all the before and after pictures plus the pictures showing how we machine sand, cut and buff the gel-coat will also be very popular.


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Old 08-11-2014, 05:47 PM   #46
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Mike,
Is this project definitely going to start at 2:00pm? I am local. What time do you want me to show up? I don't mind hanging out and talking shop.

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Is this project definitely going to start at 2:00pm?

I am local. What time do you want me to show up? I don't mind hanging out and talking shop.

Mark

Project starts at 2:00pm.

While I'd love to open the doors earlier and hang out and talk shop as an employee I have a lot of other job duties to manage both in the boat world and the car world.


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Old 08-21-2014, 11:12 AM   #48
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Just a reminder for everyone signed-up for this project, it's coming up fast meaning next week!


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Old 08-24-2014, 05:29 PM   #49
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Is it still possible to sign up for this class? I'm not from these parts (I'm from another continent) and wasn't sure I could make it.

Now I know I can make it but maybe it's too late...

Please email the response to enavarsky (at) navatech (dot) us.
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Is it still possible to sign up for this class? I'm not from these parts (I'm from another continent) and wasn't sure I could make it.

Now I know I can make it but maybe it's too late...

Please email the response to enavarsky (at) navatech (dot) us.

If you can get here you're welcome to join us. We love it when people have enough passion for this industry to be a part of our projects especially when traveling from another country.


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