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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-29-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 3,579
Posted By wesramm
Dispose of Fiberglass Boat

So, some of you might remember me from last year talking about the best way to remove paint from an old Cal 21 swing keel (1973). Well, we are relocating, and the project has to stop.

I have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-01-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 3,865
Posted By wesramm
Ok, I did not add pictures here, but I will point...

Ok, I did not add pictures here, but I will point you to my blog where I am chronicling the repairs.

Cal 21 Refit (http://rammcal21.blogspot.com/)

Take a look at the Nov 1 post for some info...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 3,865
Posted By wesramm
Yeah, I'm definitely thinking the same thing. ...

Yeah, I'm definitely thinking the same thing. Interstrip uses Toluene and MEK. Very volatile, and very nasty. The weird thing is that the paint didn't bubble or blister at all. All of the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 3,865
Posted By wesramm
I think that this is what happened, actually....

I think that this is what happened, actually. However, for a product that is recommended to sit for 3 hours, it certainly didn't make it that long.

After 10 minutes, the paint was still as hard as...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 3,865
Posted By wesramm
I'm willing to give it a shot...

I'm willing to give it a shot...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 3,865
Posted By wesramm
That's a pretty good point, bubb, but I'll do it...

That's a pretty good point, bubb, but I'll do it anyway.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 3,865
Posted By wesramm
Photos.

I won't be able to get pictures up here for a day or so, but I definitely will.

Thanks for your quick response!

sometimes I wonder if restoring an old boat is worth it.... But then I'll...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-26-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 3,865
Posted By wesramm
Interstrip 299E Evaporated?

Hello,

I have spent approximately 10 hours with a shop vac hooked up to my 5" orbital sander removing MANY old layers from my 1973 Cal. Peel Away turned the anti-fouling paint on the bottom of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-03-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By wesramm
Peel Away

I asked a similar question last week, and got a few responses that soda blasting seems to be the way to go, IF;
1. you have several hundred dollars to burn AND
2. you are either near a place...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-01-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,096
Posted By wesramm
Will do. W

Will do.

W
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-01-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,096
Posted By wesramm
Interior Fiberglass bumpy like LARGE cottage Cheese

Large cottage cheese. You'll have to forgive me, as that's about the only way I can describe it......

I have an old Cal 21 that I am refitting. Some of you may have seen some of the posts I have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-01-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Posted By wesramm
Sailaway, I tried to send you a private message...

Sailaway, I tried to send you a private message asking to say that I'd be interested in the picture when you get it uploaded. I am still new enough on Sail Net that I am not allowed to send Private...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-01-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Posted By wesramm
Crazy: perhaps. Over zealous: Yes. Cockpit...

Crazy: perhaps. Over zealous: Yes. Cockpit locker full of money? No......

I like the idea of the hatch. I had to crawl back into the stern underneath the cockpit when I was removing all of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   09-01-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2,067
Posted By wesramm
The red has GOT the be a primer, not some sort of...

The red has GOT the be a primer, not some sort of epoxy or polyester, as it comes off SUPER easy. The anti-fouling paint is thick like molasses but responds well to PEEL AWAY. That stuff actually...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-31-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2,067
Posted By wesramm
Excellent ideas. I guess the thing I am most...

Excellent ideas. I guess the thing I am most worried about is that if I damage the gel coat, I am 'sunk'. It sounds like this is not the case. I might not get that factory-fresh mirror finish, but...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-31-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2,067
Posted By wesramm
Well, I wish I could have it soda blasted, but my...

Well, I wish I could have it soda blasted, but my trailer is SHOT, and I don't plan on buying a new one for the boat until the refit is done, so I think it is out of the question.

I just spent 2...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-24-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Posted By wesramm
See, now that's good advice...... I'll have to...

See, now that's good advice...... I'll have to figure out how to crawl in there to do the work. :(

And, I have to figure out how to seal the deck / hull interface, but sounds easier than trying...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-24-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2,067
Posted By wesramm
Thanks for the response. I am lucky in that the...

Thanks for the response. I am lucky in that the hull does not have blisters. At least not that I can see, as the previous anti-foul paint is VERY uneven and rough.

I tried the Peel Away (I)...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-24-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,568
Posted By wesramm
Removing the deck from the Hull for a refit

Hello,
I have a Cal 21 that needs a complete refit. At any rate, I am anal enough to want to restore this thing to beautiful shape. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to the interior,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   08-24-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 2,067
Posted By wesramm
Removing Bottom Paint: How far is too far?

I have a 1973 Cal 21 that I have to do a complete refit on. The boat has many layers of hull paint and anti-fouling paint that I have decided to remove in order to do the job right. The old paint...
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