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Old 28 August 2010, 05:51   #21
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Flatted off the gelcoat with wet & dry; 180's, 320's, 500's & finally 800's grit to an even matt black finish.
Half the hull has now been machine buffed with Farecla profile 300 liquid using an 8" wool head. The finish is like black glass, well chuffed! Can't wait to get the pods fitted.
This project is turning out better than I ever imagined, to think I nearly scrapped it in the first week.
(the white specs are residue of the buffing compound , it got everywhere)
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Old 28 August 2010, 08:15   #22
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great looking finish and color! I have considered to paint a hull with 2 comp pu color, never taught one can get such good finish with topcoat
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Old 28 August 2010, 09:31   #23
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Fantastic results!!!! Well done!
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In some ways it's such a shame you have to turn this over, an amazing finish, well done!
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Old 01 September 2010, 15:53   #25
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The Hull looks fantastic and a credit to all your hard work, I am removing the console on my own boat as itís in the wrong place and is full off holes from folk who over the years just drilled fresh hole for new electronics.

I had thought of painting it with two pack paint but after seeing you results I am wondering if I should flow coat!!

Please keep the updates coming as itís an inspiration!!
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Old 03 September 2010, 15:57   #26
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Hull is now fully buffed! Needs touching up on a couple of edges where I rubbed through but it shouldn't be a problem to touch up with a fine brush and flat off.

I want to start fitting the pods on Sunday (weather permitting) but could do with some advice from other members with 5.4 seariders. I can't remember exactly how the pods were fitted originally and need to know the widths of the mounting strips. I have guessed
and sketched out how I think they might have looked but if anybody can check I would appreciate it. Also any advice from those trade members on how best to do this would be gratefully received.
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Old 03 September 2010, 16:13   #27
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not a searider but i used 40x40mm inner strips and 130mm strips on the underside of the flange, just remember to cut the fabric across the bias for the understrips when you are following the curve of the hull, if you are doing it outside and it rains whilst you are glueing, dab the water off with a dry cloth and give it a good wipe down with toluene then a bit of heat
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Old 03 September 2010, 16:22   #28
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Here's a photo straight after I finished buffing, just needs waxing now!
(I must try and find my 4" holesaw to recut the drain hole).
The black finish shows every fingerprint, spec of dust and wood pigeon dropping.... think I should have sprayed it white!

Loads more pictures on my website: http://avonsearider.co.uk/gallery
MarkG - Thanks for the tips I have just enough hypalon cut on the bias to use on the curves, the rest will have to be cut across the cloth from another piece.
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Old 03 September 2010, 17:16   #29
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Nice job

Hopefully, you shouldn't get much birdshit on it when it's the right way up
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Old 05 September 2010, 07:02   #30
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Anybody got more detailed info on fitting Searider tubes?
Or would any of the trade members like to quote for doing a proper job?
Fit tubes & rubbing strake (probably other bits as well).
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