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Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-12-2003, 7:30 AM Reply   
Has anyone used vinyl letters on an old nautique or is it best to repaint
Old    davec            03-12-2003, 3:11 PM Reply   
I went to the mall and paid cheap to have some made at one of those little booths that do stickers for cars. Lasted great all summer.
Old    David Carrasquillo (squillo)      Join Date: Jan 2003       03-12-2003, 4:35 PM Reply   
Hey MattI'm in the same position with my 79 nautique. Have you see any that went with vinyl
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-12-2003, 6:03 PM Reply   
I haven't seen any, but i've heard of people doing it.
Old    Coinless (bruce)      Join Date: Feb 2002       03-12-2003, 7:51 PM Reply   
Paint will last longer I bet. I've done it on my Southwind and it was the best thing I ever did to my boat.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-13-2003, 7:14 AM Reply   
Do i need to strip the old paint first?
Old    Coinless (bruce)      Join Date: Feb 2002       03-13-2003, 8:23 PM Reply   
Use oven cleaner and wetsand it. Get some contact paper and apply it where the lettering was. Get an exacto knife and cut out everything you want painted. Use Imron paint and a spray rig. If you prepped it and took it to a body shop I bet they'd shoot it worth the money.



Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 6:46 AM Reply   
I have a set of original stencils from correct craft. After I strip the letters will I still be able to see where to put the stencil on the side, from where the paint protected the jell coat?
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 7:01 AM Reply   
also where do i find imron paint
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 8:41 AM Reply   
Never mind about the "where do I find the paint", I found the Imron and decided $100 was two much and asked about alternatives and was suggested some comparable acrylic enamel for around $50. I'm going with marine blue metallic with a black metallic outline
Old    Coinless (bruce)      Join Date: Feb 2002       03-14-2003, 10:09 AM Reply   
The gelcoat under the paint should be distinguishable from the exposed gelcoat. Imron is a high quality somewhat flexable paint used on helicopters and aircraft. It can be found at an Automotive paint store. Ask a bodyshop where they get their paint. You'll never miss the extra $100-$150 dollars spent on a project of this size. If the paint doesn't stick, fades, or peels then the "good deal" on paint won't be such a bargain. My Dad always said, "The memory of a good deal won't outlast the quality of a job well done."

If you want to save some money use a pinstripe tape instead of painting it. It will be much cheeper and easier to apply and is durable and repairable.

A word of advice- Metallic paint fades faster, and is harder to apply with an even metallic look. It looks good be beware. Do some investigation before going this route.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 12:22 PM Reply   
To late, over lunch I got a quart of Dupont centari in mariner blue metallic and some gloss black Dupont centari $89 + tax,(Imron would have been about $150) for it and the hardener and thinner stuff. MW Correct Craft told me that most people just used rustolium enamel paint and I know that is what was used before. But this stuff should work a hell of a lot better than the rusto worked. Iím just going to dive in and see if I can swim. Iíll try to take some before and after pics and post them. Thanks for the advice.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 12:26 PM Reply   
Do you have a tower on that southwind? with a nice old boat like that she needs one :-)
Old    Coinless (bruce)      Join Date: Feb 2002       03-14-2003, 1:19 PM Reply   
Believe me I've considered it. The boat is a peach inside and out, but the wake isn't perfect and it takes too much time to sack it. By the time I get it all weighted just right my kids are going nuts and my wife hates climbing over all the stuff. I need a boat I can get in, flip a switch and have a great wake. It has been a great starter inboard and I've made some great memories with my family in her.

If you need any more help on the paint job just let me know. I'd love to see some pictures.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 4:52 PM Reply   
I run with 500lbs in tractor weights, and 500lbs in side sacs, and am moving to lead bars to replace the tractor weights.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 5:27 PM Reply   
How long do you let the oven cleaner set?
Old    Coinless (bruce)      Join Date: Feb 2002       03-14-2003, 5:35 PM Reply   
It depends on which brand you get. The "Dow" oven cleaner worked the best. Leave it on for several minutes and srape it off with a razor scraper. Take it easy to not gouge the gelcoat. Then repeat the process until you get the majority off. Then wetsand the rest off. After you get it all off, make sure you get all the wax out of the cracks and blemishs. Get some chemical that will remove it. While you are at it, repair any gelcoat that needs fixing. Don't worry about messing anything up. Anything that gets messed up can be fixed.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 5:39 PM Reply   
the oven cleaner is on as we speak
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2003, 5:48 PM Reply   
i took before pics, and some pics of my lead melting project. Have you looked at the bare west mini tower($750 with out racks), that's what i put on mine it looks realy good on the small 17'6" boat.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:13 AM Reply   
left before
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:17 AM Reply   

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Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:20 AM Reply   
Strip
strip
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:24 AM Reply   
last weekend i wetsanded the whole boat with 1600grit to get the 25 years of chalking off then folowed with a buffer and rubbing compound to get the new boat shine back, i think it is going to look a lot better when i'm done
Old    beth            03-28-2003, 11:26 AM Reply   
Nice boat.
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:26 AM Reply   
Dose anybody have a good pic of the back of a boat with this trim i need to make a stencle for the correct craft competition ski boat part and a good photo would make it easy
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:29 AM Reply   

back side
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:32 AM Reply   
heheeee
sticker
Old    Scotty D (jinxton)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-28-2003, 11:41 AM Reply   
Nice sticker, where did you get it, or did you make it?
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:48 AM Reply   
a friend of mine had them made
Old    Matt Heil (matt_h)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-28-2003, 11:50 AM Reply   
hi beth should i put your pic up
Old    dayne whiddon (wdayne)      Join Date: Jan 2002       03-28-2003, 12:04 PM Reply   
way to go beth, my wife doesn't appreciate this board, she'd never participate. y'all are going to have a new boat when finished. looking forward to the after photos.

laterdayne

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