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Old 06-25-2014, 04:56 PM   #1
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This is a doozy!


John Greviskis just had the top and bottom of a 1960 Glastron Fireflight re-gel-coated. Not re-painted but this but is being fully restored and a part of the restoration process is to re-apply gel-coat to the exterior instead of paint because the gel-coat will be THICKER and hold up to abuse a lot better than a paint job. We have a very rare opportunity coming up to wetsand, cut and buff a 1960 Glastron Fireflight for his TV show, Ship Shape TV.

He is in the middle of completely restoring this 1960 Glastron which has FINS just like a 1957 Chevy.


Gel-Coat Finishing Work
The gel-coat needs to be sanded and buffed and we're going to show how to do this for a segment on Ship Shape TV.



Date and Time
Thursday August 28th starting around 2:00pm and going to 9:00pm.

Note: It's very possible we could start this project in the morning depending upon how many people are attending. So keep that in mind.




VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY
If you've ever wanted to learn how to wetsand, cut and buff a boat then start clearing your schedule so you can be here.

These types of projects are very RARE. I'll send someone a free bottle of Marine 31 Gel-Coat Carnauba Wax + Sealant if they can show ANYWHERE on the Internet where the public has been invited to help wetsand, cut and buff a boat restoration project like this not including the classes I've already taught.



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6. Barry
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10. John
11. Craig
12. Dave
13. Stephen
14. Rick Mennine
15. Paul






Date: Thursday August 28th 2014
Time: 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Marine 31 Boat Shop
7744 SW Jack James Drive
Stuart, FL 34997
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Topics Covered
  1. How to hand sand
  2. How to machine sand
  3. How to use a rotary bufer with a wool pad
  4. How to use a Flex 3401 with a foam pad
  5. How to use the Rupes Bigfoot 21 with a foam pad
  6. How to machine wax and seal gel-coat
NOTE: The boat below is NOT the boat we're going to be working on, it's one I found on the Internet until I can get pictures of the actual boat. It's to give people an idea of what a 1960 Glastron Fireflight looks like and the FINS that were iconic to runabout ski boats built in the 1950's and 1960's.










John Greviskis told me there's a resurgence in restoring classic fiberglas boat and this means there is an increase in the technique of RE-Gel-coating boats instead of painting them.

The other side of the coin is after the boats are re-gel-coated they need to be wet sanded, cut and buffed.

We're going to show how to hand sand and machine sand the new gel-coat on this 1960 Glastron Fireflight using 5" sanding discs from Rupes and compounds, polishes and waxes from Marine 31.

There's no other place in the United States and probably the world where the public, that is our forum members will be invited to be a part of this project.

So this is a rare opportunity indeed.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to wetsand, cut and buff gel-coat boats then clear your schedule to be here the last week of August and get signed up for this event
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:25 PM   #2
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Hey Mike, When can you gives us a definite date, so i can book the flight, i just check for those two days not many left. thanks
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:05 AM   #3
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For those reading this that might not know what the fins on a 1957 Chevy look like here's my buddy Tim's 1957 Chevy that we did an extreme makeover to a few years ago....


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Pretty cool....


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Hey Mike, When can you gives us a definite date, so i can book the flight, i just check for those two days not many left. thanks
I talked to John about his just yesterday and we picked the week but not the exact dates.

I'll double check with him today and try to confirm one of these days.

Wednesday, August 27th
Thursday, August 28th


Here's the deal...

We're going to show the techniques, products and tools for one segment which of course will show this boat in the BEFORE condition.

Then in the show you will see us working on the boat.

The next segment will show the boat done, restored and on a boat trailer. This will be weeks if not months down the road.

So I really only see us needing one day for the TV shoot here at Marine 31 and then that night, "we", that would be you and I and the team of guys that want to be a part of this, will finish the entire boat that same night.

I normally do my extreme makeover and tech session projects on Thursday nights as you know when you joined us for the last project.

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So if we follow normal protocols that means I'm going to try to set this up for Thursday, August 28th.

I just left a voice mail for John Greviskis so hang on till I hear back from him.


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Old 06-30-2014, 11:34 AM   #5
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***Update****


Spoke with Bob, the President and CEO of Marine 31 and John Greviskis the host of Ship Shape TV and have confirmed with their schedules the dates for this project.

We will be machine sanding and then cutting and buffing the 1960 Glastron Fireflight on,

Date: Thursday, August 28th
Time: 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Marine 31 Detail Shop


We will tentatively start the sanding step at approximately 2:00pm and continue till the project is completed. This means we'll be finishing around 9:00pm on Thursday night.



Flying in to West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is the closest airport to Stuart, Florida. The airport code for West Palm Beach is PBI

I have three guys that are purchasing air line tickets to fly into West Palm Beach International Airport for this project. To these guys and anyone else, you want to fly into PBI the morning of Thursday, August 28th or the day before.




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The Marriott Courtyard is just a few blocks away from the Marine 31 ship

Courtyard Stuart
7615 SW Lost River Road
Stuart, Florida 34997


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This is a very nice hotel with an excellent lounge and restaurant inside the building and they actually have some pretty good food.














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This last Saturday the Ship Shape TV show with the 1960 Glastron Fireflight being sprayed with new Gel-Coat aired on Fox Sports.

I took some pictures using my iPhone to share the progression of this project. I apologize for the small pictures, best I can do when using a phone to take pictures of Ship Shape on TV.


Here's the boat before the top was separated from the lower hull.








John and Jeff discussion the process to re-gel-coat a boat.









The floor was rebuilt with new stringers installed.




Here you see the top cap is completely oxidized and worn out...







Here's the hull upside down on a trailer to make it easier to work on after the hull and top cap were separated.





Here's the hull being moved off the boat trailer and onto some work dollies.






Here's John talking with Rick Hop from Fiberglass Coatings, Inc on the spray gun that is used to shoot gel-coat...








Here's new gel-coat being sprayed onto the hull...








Here's the top cap being sprayed using gel-coat that has been pigmented to match the green color that came on a 1957 Chevy...








And this is how this episode ends. John Greviskis closes the show by saying the next step will be to wet sand, cut and buff the hull with yours truly here at Marine 31.

So if you want to be a part of this project then get signed up.


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Sign me up! Let me know if you need anything from me, and I know someone wants to let me crash at their pad for the night, right?!
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