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Old 03-19-2011, 06:26 PM
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Default How to refinish fiberglass boat?

I am thinking about refinishing my Scout Sportfish 16, and I need some advice - I've done lots of cars, but never a boat. What kind of paint, or epoxy do you guys recommend? Any preferred techniques? I want it to look professional.

Also, I'm planning on removing the center console, removing the bumper guard, and pulling the deck and rails off. Anyone know of the best way to pull the deck away from the hull? When I'm done, should I replace the floatation foam, or skip it?

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I would really give second thought to trying to separate the hull and deck of a scout, what is the reason for it?
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That's a good question - I guess I want to separate the deck from the hull to scrape out all the old floatation foam, and to rewire everything. Maybe its a bad idea.
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scouts have a bonded/pasted hull and deck seam, unique design too.
with possibly more adhesive bonding the deck to the hull's grid. I think removal could cause more damage, but honestly the closest I have come to your model is a 175sf that flew off its lift in a storm and landed on the bulkhead crushing its side, and a 175 dorado that was a ex rental boat that we restored
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That sounds like a good enough reason not to remove the deck. Plus, it will definitely save me some time by not doing it. Have you ever tried to remove old flotation foam? I drilled some holes in the hull to help it dry out a few years ago, and that drained a lot of water, but its still getting wet - so I want to start from scratch, get as much of the old shit out, and refinish the boat...
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You must really like that boat. Redoing the hull is one thing but the major surgery on a 16' boat is an awful lot of labour which will not do much for the value of the boat when it comes time to sell...& that time will come.

If you are set on the job & have the auto restoration experience don't skimp on the paint. Aulgrip or Enron will give a better than new gelcoat finish when applied by the right hands.
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I know its a lot of work for a pretty worthless boat, but it has sentimental value, as well as being a perfect fishing boat for small water. It was my grandpa's everglades boat, and I pray to God I never have to sell it.

I've been trying to figure out how I'm going to refinish the hull, and I think I'm going to tip the boat back on its stern and hang the bow by the steel rafters in my shop. Then I can refinish the stern and the deck when I have her back on the trailer. Does that sound like the right way to do it? Also thinking about doing the majority of the deck in a rubberized or non-slip coating.
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if you ask me you should just polish and detail grampas boat and leave it as is, those pictures dont look too bad, its only grampa's original boat once
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I know - I've been trying to polish the flaws out of this boat for the last five years, and I've finally had enough of patching my way through nervous weekends on the water.

The hull has seen its fair share of oyster bars, and the damn boat is so wet that I have to plug the scuppers because the boat is heavy with water... I just can't take it anymore. I stripped all the hardware and the bumper rail off last night. Then, I pressure washed it with hot water, and when she's dry I'll start sanding.

I want to do it as close to original as possible. My uncle had this boat when I was in college, and there are drilled hole everywhere, on the deck, on the transom.... I'm gonna rip all the wires out and start fresh, everytime I go out either a pump switch is blown, or the lights don't work. And the center console is just a birds nest of wires - total nightmare. I'm starting fresh!

I'll keep pics updated
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cant tell all that from the pictures, good luck and try to refinish the boat as close to original color as possible, I always liked those colors when they were fresh
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I really like that original color too - not too bright and not too tan. I'm having a hard time finding that color.

I'm having some stickers made to reproduce the old one's too. Should look pretty sharp. The only things that will be changed are the seats (a little upgrade, but not too extravagant) and the gauge cluster will be updated. I might have to do a rubberized finish on the "grippy" parts of the deck because I have so many holes to patch and it will look stupid if I just sand those spots smooth...
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