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    24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover - Oxidation Removal

    24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover - Oxidation Removal!


    We used Steve's boat for some new segments on Ship Shape TV and tonight we're going to finish the boat and then install new graphics.

    Here's a few pictures from today's filming for Ship Shape TV. I'll start an actual "Pictures & Comments" thread for the full write-up plus all the before and after pictures. (This is just the sign-up thread)


    Most people would look at this boat and think the black gel-coat is in pretty good shape?




    Here's what it really looks like, you just need some light...






    Ship Shape Camera Crew...






    Before











    After







    This segment will air in about two weeks on Ship Shape TV. We shot a total of three new shows today that will all be on in the weeks to come...

    Stay tuned...



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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover

    We finished the boat in the pictures last night... without a doubt, the hardest project we've had here. Finished sometime after 10:00pm and the garage is wiped-out.

    As soon as I get her cleaned up and put back into order I'll get some more pictures up before the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

    And the graphics look sharp! I think Steve said he spent over $500.00 for the graphics and Jay was like a surgeon when it came to installing them...







    The boat came out awesome!




    And here's the wrecking crew that made it happen!




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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover

    Here's what the gel-coat finish looked like when the boat arrived....








    Here's what it looks like after Marine 31 and a visit to Autogeek's Show Car Garage!




    More pics later.... time to clean do an extreme makeover on the garage.


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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover

    Here's some pictures from last night's project.


    Steve and I washed the boat during the day using the Foam Gun some Marine


    First thing was to compound the gel-coat. For some of the guys, compounding oxidized gel-coat using wool pads with rotary buffers was new for them and I think one of the things they had the chance to learn was how to lean into the buffer a little to really do some chopping on the oxidation...










    This is how you lean into the buffer....




    DeWALT 849X sans handle and grabbing the rubber overmold on the head of the unit and the pushing down hard...






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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover

    While some of use were compounding the black gel-coat, others were tacklinging the white gel-coat cap using PFWs or Purple Foamed Wool Pads with our new Gel-Coat Heavy Cut Cleaner/Wax and Flex 3401 Forced Rotation Dual Action Polishers.

    The fibers that make up the PFWs are encapsulated with foam and this creates a pad that offers good correction due to the fibers leveraging any abrasive or chemical cleaners while the foam helps to maintain good gloss for finishing.

    The forced rotation Flex 3401 provides plenty of power without instilling swirls at the same time.


    Joeseph using a Flex 3401 with a 4" Backing Plate and a 4" PFW






    Chris using a Flex 3401 with the factory 5.5" backing plate and a 6.5" PFW






    Shawn using a Flex 3401 with the factory 5.5" backing plate and a 6.5" PFW



    Den using a Flex 3401 with a 4" PFW

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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover

    Good job guys, the boat looks phenomenal, I would say the owner was happy. Great work as always. Wish I did not have to miss this one.

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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover

    While most of us were working on removing oxidation and/or using a cleaner/wax on the cap, Jay and Steve were using HEAT GUNS to remove the old graphics and the Boot Stripe.


    Jay is really good at getting just the right balance of heat and pulling on the old boot stripe without tearing the old, weathered vinyl...







    Steve's working on removing the boot stripe on the other side...






    Success! The vinyl boot stripe is off the boat and on Jay! Thank you Jay!

    You ca also see Paul following Jay and using 3M Adhesive Remover to remove the adhesive residue. Thanks Paul!





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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover - Oxidation Removal

    After compounding the black gel-coat we then polished it using the Flex 3401 with foam polishing pads to remove the holograms left by the wool pads. I didn't get any pictures of this process as I was busy running a rotary buffer and after that running a Flex 3401. Just wanted to note that we did machine polish the boat and did NOT go straight to wax after the rotary buffer procedure.

    Anytime the last step on your boat is a wool pad with a rotary buffer the results are holograms or rotary buffer trails in the finish.

    If you have a white gel-coat boat you might not see them but they are still there. These are simply circular cuts in the surface and they leave the surface more open to deterioration and oxidation than having a completely flat or smooth surface.


    Next up we machine waxed the hull...
    Here's Jay and Shawn machine applying Marine 31 Gel-Coat Carnauba Wax + Sealant using Porter Cable 7424XP dual action polishers and soft blue foam waxing pads.








    Here's Paul and Niki machine waxing the other side.




    You just can't beat machine waxing ...









    Wipe-off time...







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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover - Oxidation Removal

    Next up... apply the new graphics. This is where Jay really shines. He has a natural talent for this as proved when he applied the new graphics to his 1999 Trans Am that we did a very extreme makover to in this thread....

    1999 Trans Am Extreme Makeover - Testing M101 Foam Cut Compound










































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    Re: 24' Pro-Line Boat - Extreme Marine Makeover - Oxidation Removal

    Wow , great turnaround on that boat !

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