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Re: My Official Restoration thread of a severely neglected boat
I just finished doing a keel. Research it and see what you think is best. Google (iron keel restoration) and a bunch of hits come up showing tutorials, stories,blogs, and whatnot. The scary thing is where they say you have to get it down to shiny iron and coat it "immediately".
To me, immediately means within a couple of minutes. In reality, you have a bit of time ( depending on air humidity) of a day or so....meaning, get up really early in the morning, grind it down, and get it coated. Don't do it on a wet day, and get it done before sundown. Don't worry about the word immediate because that is just to discourage the idea of grinding in down on Saturday, then waiting until the next Saturday to coat it.
I can't recommend a particular coating, because there are several great ones out there, but just try to get the job done in a single day.
It's a dirty nasty job.
Go get a good tyvek jumpsuit and a good respirator, get a few wire brushes for an angle grinder, and go to it.
You could do a better job with a needle gun, but they can be hard to find at tool rental places, and a wire brush can do 95% of the job a needle gun can do. You just risk hidden rust reacting with hidden water and flaking some of the paint. Not a big deal on a trailerable boat.
Last edited by benajah; 04-04-2012 at 10:16 AM.