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Old 25 June 2015, 07:47   #11
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That box will fix up and could look very good.........but you have your work cut out. I did something sort of similar with a bow locker I made a while back. It was a case of build up a bit (as you have) then sand back to as flat as possible with course abrasive, then build up the low/thin bits, then sand again until you have flat surfaces and decent corner shape. Then move onto the fine sanding to improve the surface and take out deep scratches. Next build up layers of flow coat, sanding in between to keep any brush marks in check, until you have a coat thick enough to sand and polish. Then spend hours with a sander starting at around 600 grit (to clear any imperfections), moving up the grades to 1500, which will leave a dull but smooth surface. Then break out the farecla gelcoat polish in various grades until you have a smooth and shiny finish that will be very tough. I guarantee at some point you will polish through the flow coat back to glass, swear a hell of a lot, then start re-applying. This is going to take a long time, but if you are very careful and patient, it will look good. Chances are it will look OK or a bit crappy (in my experience). 2 part paint might be a damn site easier and could be applied to the smoothed/shaped seat base but won't be as tough.

Unless you really need a custom shape base, I'd buy a finished one.

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Old 25 June 2015, 08:19   #12
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Many moons ago, I needed an engine box for an inboard. I bought a sheet of cheap white melamine faced chipboard from b&q, made up a mould, used decorators caulk to form fillets in the corners, waxed it all up & laid up the engine box. When it was complete, I unscrewed the mould box, binned the chipboard & the finished product looked & worked a treat. I've used a similar technique to make GRP sheet, just lay it up onto melamine board & peel it off when it's done.
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Old 25 June 2015, 13:06   #13
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I don't think anyone should knock anyone for having a go a something. If we don't try we never know what we might be good at. Last week i reupholstered my own jockey seats as after having them for three weeks the local upholsterer decided it wasn't for them after all .
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Old 25 June 2015, 15:31   #14
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I don't think anyone should knock anyone for having a go a something. If we don't try we never know what we might be good at. Last week i reupholstered my own jockey seats as after having them for three weeks the local upholsterer decided it wasn't for them after all .
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I don't think that anyone was knocking per se, just offering friendly advice & experience gained over years.


.....sh1t happens.......
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I thought the box of matches may of been a little harsh may be I was overreacting


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Old 25 June 2015, 16:45   #16
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I don't think anyone should knock anyone for having a go a something. If we don't try we never know what we might be good at. Last week i reupholstered my own jockey seats as after having them for three weeks the local upholsterer decided it wasn't for them after all .
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Looks a nice job
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Old 25 June 2015, 17:15   #18
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I would use lightweight epoxy filler(polyester filler might be as good, just don't like to work with them) in multiple layers(sanded between), then primer and finnishing paint, job done.

It will be fine, no big deal, just little work(or plenty of work if wanting mirror finnish).
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I think filing and fairing, then sanding is the most frustrating job in the world. I recently had to repair a flat panel that was nearly 2 meters wide and not fair. I got so peed off with waiting for filler to dry and the sanding, that in the end I just cut the panel off, used it as a template and made another one on a flat mirror. And braced it so it stayed true. Then just had to bond it and fill small edges. It took a day and a half instead of the best part of a week I'd already wasted on it.
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Been real busy lately so only got at this today, not bad I think after 1st coat of paint in this one. Will finish Monday. Click image for larger version

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