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Re: Beach Cats in Rehab!

Wow smack, you said in the op that you are not the kind of person to do things perfectly, but the quality of your work looks top knotch man! Esp that hole repair with the backing plate, I am truly impressed. Great work!
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Re: Beach Cats in Rehab!

On the subject of paints, did you know you can buy clear coat in a spray can? Expensive though, I think the gel coat is prob the best choice esp for a beach cat. I look forward to seeing your next posts regarding that whole process.
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Good to see you getting your hands dirty, Smack.
Hey, do the kids get to retrieve their bikes off the junk pile in the background only when all the sanding is done? If so, nice motivational ploy.
That's the "garage" of their tree house above. Besides my wheelbarrow, they have all their outdoor toys under there...bikes, bike ramp they built, Nerf guns, scooters, pieces of rope, etc. It is indeed a junk pile. But it's their garage so they have the freedom to keep it as messy as they want.

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Hey Smack, you know we are waiting on some "during" and some after shots of LiLo too . . . right?
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Hey Smack, you know we are waiting on some "during" and some after shots of LiLo too . . . right?
Lilo's doing just fine:









Solid as a rock.

Maybe more fairing compound?


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But it's their garage so they have the freedom to keep it as messy as they want.
As it should be.

But wait- if it's THEIR garage, what is YOUR wheelbarrow doing there? They better be charging you some serious coin in rent for making their garage look like a junkpile.
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The best part is Smack can now say he gone through Rehab.


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Re: Beach Cats in Rehab!

Okay a bit more progress...

The mast was pretty banged up, stained, scratched, you name it. Here's a couple of pics of the before...









I had already painted the castings with a satin black spray paint - and I had a can or two extra, so I thought, what the hell, and tore into the mast.

First, I power-washed the whole thing, used a scrubber to get the heavy stuff off, then did a final pass with acetone on anything gooey.

I DID NOT get crazy with sanding, fairing the rough spots or dents, etc. I didn't care about that stuff...I just wanted it to look good from 10' away.

After that, I taped off the shiny bits, donned the mask and rattled the can...then...





I put on 2 coats along the whole thing - and it was looking okay...



The problem was, I couldn't quite figure out how to blend the paint well enough to get rid of the overspray pattern...



There would be beautiful shiny spots, then dull spots. That just wouldn't do.

So, I hopped on Youtube and looked up "spray painting a car" - and found a video that explained it. I was "doing it backwards". In other words, I was getting a really nice flow on the broad part of the mast - then I'd go to the leading/traling edges and screw up what I'd just done.

I switched it...spraying a clean flow on the edges, then doing the broad side. Worked like magic...







Not bad for Valspar spray paint eh? We'll see how long it lasts before it's trashed. Even then though, at $4 a can, I can do A LOT of touch up for cheap.

I used about 9 cans of spray paint ($36) - and spent a total of maybe 5 hours doing this thing.

Next comes painting the hulls. Stay tuned!
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"painting the hulls"?
I thought you were gelcoating?

It's 5 o'clock somewhere:


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Gee Smack. Can you do that while slowly rising in a bosun's chair. (Force 5....42' max) ?
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