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    Rebuilding one of my old boats

    I pulled an old boat out of the rafters to reskin. It was a very early boat I built. I have heard craftsman speak of how they would see something they did years ago and wish they could redo it. Not that I consider myself a craftsman yet, but I know that feeling! This was one I wanted to redo.

    So I took it down, stripped off the skin and replaced a frame that I made wrong. While I was at it I decided to update the frame to my new style.

    This was an early prototype and I discovered that the newest design of frames was not an exact fit. The quick simple job turned into more work than expected, but don't they always?

    Here is frame finished, oiled and waiting on its new skin.



    Last couple of days I have been working on skinning it.







    With the skinning finished it was to seal the fabric. I like paint because I like color. I have been tossing an idea around in my head for some time now. It was a suggestion from a friend of mine as to how I should paint the boat.

    I let the final product be a surprise but here is the base coat on the boat.I wasn't going to show what I was up to till I was finished but figured it can't hurt anything. I just finished putting on the base coat on the boat. Well not quite finished, it will need at least one more coat but tonight but I expect to finish. Tomorrow I will put it in the sun tomorrow and then Wednesday I can start working on the laying out the next color(s).



    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    I like the way you tied the cloth in that rope pattern.
    Now by "painting" did you use paint paint? or a colorant that is like a resin base for the final resin coat?

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    Looking forward to seeing the color scheme you have in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Soby View Post
    Now by "painting" did you use paint paint? or a colorant that is like a resin base for the final resin coat?
    Plain ole oil based porch and deck enamel over a polyester skin. Paint will not stick to nylon... well not for long.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    interesting. now is that the only finish? just the paint? it isnt coated in resin?

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    Yup. No resin. It's only purpose is waterproof the fabric.... OK and decoration.
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    So how long does a paint job last?

    (And why do I have a feeling you are doing something different with this paint job)...
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    Hard to answer Brent, never had paint fail. But it is going to be directly related to the care it receives. It sticks very well to the fabric so I am not worried about it coming off. If you keep it out of the weather and didn't rub it off by abusing it, I would say the life is going to be very long.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Plain ole oil based porch and deck enamel over a polyester skin. Paint will not stick to nylon... well not for long.
    I guess this is what confused me, But it seems like a durable coating, even if paint doesn't stick to nylon? Am I missing something?
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    Brent, the paint sticks to polyester, but not nylon. That's why he's using a polyester skin.
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