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Topside makeover

We have a 1987 Pearson 31-2. She is a good boat and has treated me very well. She has been suffering from a bad case of oxidation and it makes her sad. So this year, we decided to give her a makeover and make her shine again. I have been learning a lot and I thought I would share that with everyone. Many many thanks to my Jedi Master of boat restoration, Tom D.

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Re: Topside makeover

Here is a shot after a few hours with the long board sander. We used a 17" "speedfile" with 80 grit. I didn't have the heat gun yet so we just just left the stripes alone.


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I look forward to seeing your progress. Our Pearson also went through a topsides makeover and I also did much of it myself under the guidance of a Jedi. 90% prep work. 5 percent pondering and nail biting. 5 percent painting.
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PLEASE follow-up as you proceed! Thanks!
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Here is a shot of the stern. If you look closely, it appears that someone just slapped some paint on. They didn't even bother to cut in around the exhaust or the bilge. =) This was the only area that was painted. The rest was just heavily oxidized gel coat.

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another "before and after" shot. You can see some of the low spots right under the "Pearson" that will be filled with marine tex and sanded level

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Here is a shot of the stern. If you look closely, it appears that someone just slapped some paint on. They didn't even bother to cut in around the exhaust or the bilge. =) This was the only area that was painted. The rest was just heavily oxidized gel coat.

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"Slapped" is right. I am painting cockpit, decks and transom right now. I removed EVERYTHING. Pain in the ass, but the right way to do it.
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Here is a shot of the decals removed. This took me a while to figure out. I found that the best method was to heat the edge so I could rub it up and grab it. Once I had something to pull, I put the heat gun in my other hand, about 3 feet down and then would pull. It was critical to keep the gun and the edge that far apart at all times because if you get too close the tape melts or breaks. Just keep your arms in the same position and walk along.

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Here is a shot of the decals removed. This took me a while to figure out. I found that the best method was to heat the edge so I could rub it up and grab it. Once I had something to pull, I put the heat gun in my other hand, about 3 feet down and then would pull. It was critical to keep the gun and the edge that far apart at all times because if you get too close the tape melts or breaks. Just keep your arms in the same position and walk along.

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Great technique but you can accomplish the same thing with a hair dryer. Much safer for both you and your gelcoat. Also less chance to melt the vinyl.

Nice work. 80 gril sanding seems aggressive. Did you try finer grits first with no success?
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I tried so many things lol.. I even tried wet sanding with 100 to no avail. You can actually see the swirls that the wet sanding made in the first picture. The oxidation felt like sandpaper.
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