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  1. jim

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    You will be happy with those TZ Touch units...easy to use, fast and a beautiful display. Good luck TJ shes looking awesome.
     
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    Nice finish on the wire box. Looks like you rolled that? What type of roller did you use? Did you sand or wetsand and buff it out? I am about to roll gelcoat on my topdeck and trying to get a process down. Have had great results with a foam roller and paint but have never used it with gelcoat, so not sure if its a good match.
     
  3. LadyMaureen

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    I was wrong when I said it was a tv antenna (that's why I am not in charge of electronics on this rig). One antenna is for weather and the other is for Sirius radio. I apologize for the mistake. I know we intend to add some sort of tv entanna on one those nipples on port side of forward mast.
     
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  5. LadyMaureen

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    It's not really a limkage but rather a "stay" for the rear boom (when extended only). In that pic it is just zip tied in place. One day I will post a pic of the boom in use and then it will make more visual sense.
     
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    I am no expert but I have done enough gel coat work and have my own personal recipe for gel coat finishing. Basically I brush or roll, whichever is better for helping me get the gel coat on as thick as possible with each coat. Working down on a flat surface is much easier than say something vertical or overhead just because you can really get the gel coat on thick with each successive coat. I always use gelcoat with wax in it and just wipe with acetone when it dries and before I go to apply the next coat. But basically you just have to get enough gel coat on to sand from 80 grit up through 1000 0r 1500 wetsand without burning through the gel coat into fiberglass ( I estimate 3/16 of an inch before sanding). After wetsand just compound and wax. I also do not love using gel coat thickening agents if I can avoid it (eg cabosil), it can sometimes invite other problems.

    This is my recipe. I am sure some guys have a better mousetrap.
     
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    Awesome, thanks a lot. Interesting to hear you only use waxed gelcoat. Im gonna run with that. Hoping to do my wash rails this week.
     
  8. LadyMaureen

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    And yes I do use foam rollers. I especially use foam rollers when doing the non-skid. And I like the Rustoleum Epoxy Shield grit additive for non-skid, not too coarse and not too fine (Home Depot usually carries). Good luck.
     
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    What waxed gel do you roll with?
     
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    Here is a picture of the container. I buy everything locally here on Long Island at Reinforced Plastics in Framingdale. Hope that helps.
     

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    Finally dry fit the wire trough in between front windows and winter back. Cut to fit. First coat of gel coat on the way toward polishing.
     

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    TJ, I was out at reinforced the other day and I was talking to Craig about some of the different products. One of his customers sprays a mix of 50 percent duratec and 50 percent gel coat. The finish looks great. A little wet sanding at the end. He showed me pics of the boat.
     
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    Four coats of gel coat. A light sanding and one more coat before starting to work my way through the grades of sandpaper, wet sand, polish then wax.
     

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    Mounted the hull zincs today.
     

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    Polished out the gel coat on the wire trough. Fits like a glove!
     

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    Looks awesome nice work
     
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    Looks great TJ
     
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    really really nice work and attention to detail. craftsmanship
    sore fingers, sore back and clothes you cant wear anywhere else
     
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    I like it also But your going to go blind in there when the sun reflects off the water. :D
     
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    Haven't posted in a few weeks, not that we haven't been working but just working on some tedious projects. Getting the wires from two roof masts down into the forward cabin and tied into the DC breakers. On the construction end we are working on the area where wheelhouse roof (inside) meets windscreen. I need an area to mount overhead VHF's, accent lighting and a few other items, plus a good way to have the headliner trimmed out. Also leaving enough room above the top edge of windows to add windshield wipers later. What I am doing it pretty common here, but often done out of 100% teak. I built this out of 1/2" plywood, glassed and gel coated/polished it. It will get faced with 3 1/2 " teak and creates a great spot to snake wires around the perimeter of wheelhouse, mount overhead VHF's, etc.
     

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