Rested, Tanned, Ready

Rested, Tanned, Ready. Lets do this.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Resined some wood

Not much, but something. Its good too a little something every day even if its just getting on the computer and looking at ideas.  This resin project was done in the basement where it was warm.  I used Vinylester diluted with 25% lacquer thinner to help it sink in.  Stunk for a while, but then again, I'm the only one who uses the basement regularly, so.

I also looked up some funky fonts to create a "JetFlite" emblem whether I cut it out of a piece of stainless and tack it to the side panels or have something laser cut and glued somewhere.  Not sure yet, all I know is it needs some retro/space-age shiny emblem with the boat name inside somewhere.

Ordered up some SS staples- ones with pointy ends to get through the metal trim.  The flat ended 1/4" version just bent.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Changed my mind again

Decided to just polish the aluminum (very highly) and add a protector every once in a while.  Seems Mothers, Alumiclear, or Sharkhide are fine for this maintenance.  Now I'm not a maintenance guy at all but in this one instance, I need to have this boat sing in the shininess department.  Also, I left a very polished part outside for some time and it still looks great.

Here is how the rear trim corner looks at various stages

shiny, halfway done,  and rough strait off da boat (l to r).

So the process is now:
Red reloc scotch discs to remove big dings and the anodizing then 220g discs on the die grinder, 400g, then to the buffing wheel with a pass using grey, then rouge. Phew.

The die grinder (air) with 220, the 400 and the 2" red reloc.
In addition today, I "West system'd" the broken emblem and cleaned up the excess matt fiberglass on the back side.  Looks fine from the front.

Then finished my first trim panel:

The wrinkles are just in the fabric and will flatten out.

Mirror finish on the alum trim does not show up in this pic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Back to it (again)

OK, after a long hiatus to get my excitement back, I started to re-do the panel vinyl and trim and really figure out how to finish the trim (clear coat, high polish, what?).

I practiced on a couple pieces for painting with clear:  (A) test with Spray 2K clear, a two part clear coat that comes in a can for about $25 a pop. and (B) test with Awlgrip clear 2 part.  I also got more practice in how to buff these various pieces out.  For the spraying parts, I got them to about 400 grit then scuffed them up with scotchbright pads.

Got everything out for this project
Pretty much used a red scotch bright pad on the die grinder to get out the deep gouges, then went to 320g on the grinder, then 400, then scuffed them with parallel grain with a red pad.  Maybe the paint would stick to a shiny surface, but I doubt it.  Some dings were deep!  Can't these Jetflite drivers drive?

First pass at removing dings

Here is a piece dings removed, shined up, then scuffed parallel.
We'll see how it looks with clear coat

Next went back to the panels.  I sanded some thickness out of the too-fat plywood so the trim would have a better chance to fit on.

I also trimmed the 1/4" foam on the front side so it wasn't
as much of an interference.

Stainless staples.  Now if I only had air in the warm basement,
 I could use the HF air stapler!
Next, in my quest to reduce clutter and downsize, I'm going to post for sale, the extra parts.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Trim panel #1


The plywood is a bit too thick as maybe is the foam.  Believe it or not, the trim wouldn't fit.  It got me to think more about how this is all gonna work and how to buff these trim pieces out.  They are very hard coated and thin at the same time.  Polishing didn't do anything much.  I may leave them as is and live with the few imperfections there are.

It'll give me something else to think about while on my vacation.

Interior panels

Good thing to do while watching the James Bond marathon after eating too much turkey.  I need to round off the corners of the wood panels, find some shorter 3/16 stainless staples, get more foam and locate my foam spray glue.

This fabric and color is amazing (but not cheap). I'm thinking about creating 2 stainless "J" upholstery buttons for the rear panels . I think that will pop nicely.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tabbed transom

This morning I mixed up 14 oz of resin for the tabbing of the transom to the hull bottom and sides.  Before that though, I mixed up a small batch of resin and filler to fill in the holes I made for bolts to help clamp.  The mix was peanut butter thick.  I typically use West Systems 405 and 407 depending on either strength or bonding that I'm, looking for.

The Jet heater was on quite a bit to try to keep the temp 62.  Windy outside blowing through all the cracks of the garage.

Not too concerned with the beauty of the glass cut
 I didn't go up the sides very far on purpose; the top edge needs to flex to fit the top when it comes back to mating the two.
After 14 oz resin
 I filled these arbitrary pockets with expanding foam to, well, add flotation, but mostly to keep water from pooling at the bottom and rotting out the transome (again.)  Bad design in terms of longevity, but the flared out tail looks way kewel.

Good to get it completely filled otherwise water will be even more trapped in there

Ready to go outside for hull sanding.  I remember that well.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Whats coming up

The plan is to tab the transom to the hull once the PL filler is dry, while its in a warm garage.  Once that is cured, it'll come out and be flipped for sanding which should take quite a few sessions.  I'll most likely fill holes if I have a halfway decent warm day in the coming week or two.  May need heat lamps but thats ok.  The deck will go on a trailer to be able to be moved in or out depending on grinding or glassing.  Holding off on the rest of the floor/stringers until I need to get there.  It leaves the boat light and movable.  I can work on deck top sanding and filling and underside wiring, steering, and much more.  So far winter is a slower downer but not forcing me into the basement to polish parts or make upholstery.