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Old 17 August 2016, 04:13   #1
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Lowering the seat on my rib and geeting a good finish on gel coat

While my rib is in dry dock I took the notion to reduce the height of my seat from 500mm to 450mm. This work was carried to accomdate the coastal pro seat which should have a mounting height of 440mm. I tried using black paint to make the joint look good but it came out like a dogs dinner. I am seeking guidance on how to finish this project and have a good result.
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Old 17 August 2016, 04:15   #2
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The joints of particular concern are the long ones on easch side of the seat. I assume use flow coat and sand and polish. However what work do I need to carry out before the flow coat?

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Is the top of the seat(the brown part) already fixed to the base or is it still loose?
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I have the brown timber top glassed in place

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Is the top of the seat(the brown part) already fixed to the base or is it still loose?


What he said^^^^^^^

If it's already joined, did you use polyester resin? If so sand with 60/80 grit. Wash off with acetone, of your not fussed about finish then topcoat it. If you are. Fill and sand. Wipe with acetone and then ready for topcoat. If you want a smooth finish it looks like there is some work to do.

If it's not joined. Make a new flat panel on ur wife's bathroom mirror.
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I would mask and then use lightweight polyester putty to fill before sanding( just like gt flash says), its probably easier that way. A nice finish with polyester topcoat, that's possible but incredibly labor intense, hate to work with it...Would probably roll and tip paint the whole seat with 2K PU paint(but I tend to overdo things anyway)
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i asked this the other day pikey dave came back with use gel-coat and cover it with parcel tape so it cures then go through the stages of sanding down you should get a perfect finish lot of work though mick for a perfect finish.

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Thanks all for the replies. I knew therewas a reason for putting this job off for the last 2 years


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If the seat is going on top of it, why not mask off a very neat line all the way around it once it is sanded a bit in 60/80. Then use a roller and put gel top coat on, a couple of costs will colour it all. Use a smooth fluffy small roller (bandq orange ones work). The finish will not be perfect but it will have a reasonably uniform pattern a bit like a non slip. As soon as the coats are rollered on remove masking tape and although it won't look like a mirror the neat tape line will make it look intended. Even manufacturers of ribs seem to do this sometimes on transoms when they chop them down.

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This is finish I get on a flat surface with one of those rollers
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