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by BarnacleMike
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

After sanding the first epoxy coat, I cleaned it off with a little denatured alcohol. I only used a small amount, and that seemed to work fine. I applied a second coat of epoxy, and I'm now in the process of sanding that. The Silvertip epoxy seems to be adhering to the stained dash just fine. With t...
by BarnacleMike
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

Well, the moment of truth came last night. After five days of drying time, I put the first coat of epoxy on the stained wood. I cleaned the rest of the frame with denatured alcohol, but only vacuumed the dash. To Carl's point about sanding, I applied the epoxy pretty generously with a foam brush. Th...
by BarnacleMike
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

I'll be careful with the stain rags, then! Admittedly, I chuckled a bit when I read that warning on the can... but I'll take it a lot more seriously now. Thank you.

Jim, Thank You. If my dash turns out half as nice as your workmanship on your Barrelback, I will be very happy!
by BarnacleMike
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from SE Michigan
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: New member from SE Michigan

Hi Chuck! Welcome aboard!
by BarnacleMike
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

The 4-day drying time on the stain is almost up. So, I could be applying epoxy to it as early as tomorrow. I know that it's best to clean bare wood with denatured alcohol before applying epoxy. What about stained surfaces? I would think denatured alcohol would damage the stain. Is there something be...
by BarnacleMike
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tucker's Squirt
Replies: 36
Views: 3400

Re: Tucker's Squirt

Tucker, if you can keep the hull dry in your garage, I personally would not hesitate to fiberglass with System Three Silvertip if it's raining outside. If your garage is dry, and warm, I don't believe you'll have a problem. As Bill said, you don't want to get any water or moisture on it, though.
by BarnacleMike
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

According to the information in the Epoxy Works article, the Minwax Gel Stain passed their adhesion test after both a 24 hour dry and a 4-day dry. So, I wound up using the Minwax Gel Stain. I tried both the "Mahogany" and "Red Elm" colors on a piece of scrap mahogany, and wound u...
by BarnacleMike
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from oregon
Replies: 606
Views: 99003

Re: New member from oregon

Gorgeous! That color looks very much like Chris' Zip. Just beautiful!
by BarnacleMike
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

Carl, Thank you for those insights. If I recall correctly from your blog, you did quite a bit of testing of different stains when you were finishing the transom on your Vera Cruise. On the epoxy adhesion... it looks like a common factor for getting good adhesion is to let the stain set and dry for a...
by BarnacleMike
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

Thanks, Carl! I'm sure you're right. It would probably look just fine as-is. I was not expecting such a high-contrast, "striped" look to the dash beam when I coated it with epoxy. The lighter shades are almost as light as the epoxy-coated cherry. Tonight I tried a test piece with some stai...
by BarnacleMike
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

I'm in the process of encapsulating Frame #4, including the cherry inlay for the gauges. The grain in the dash beam shows a lot more contrast than I expected it to when coated with epoxy. The cherry also got a bit darker and "browner" than I expected. These photos show the surfaces that wi...
by BarnacleMike
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

I'd ride in it... and plow through Butch's wake without worry :D Spoken like a true pilot! As you mentioned, I guess my main concern is the thickened epoxy providing enough strength in the voids. The more I look at it, the more I think you're right about simply being my own worst critic. Since it's...
by BarnacleMike
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Tucker's Squirt
Replies: 36
Views: 3400

Re: Tucker's Squirt

I agree with everyone else.. the fitting on your hull looks great! I believe you're making a wise choice to leave a little bit of overhang to fiberglass and paint. Too much overhang would make the sheer difficult to grip when flipping it over... but it's much easier to trim the sheer accurately when...
by BarnacleMike
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Michael's ZIP
Replies: 150
Views: 15620

Re: Michael's ZIP

Tonight I started grafting shims onto my laminated keel. I have been giving some thought to simply re-building the keel, due to the less-than-perfect fitting. I had re-sawed the material with a table saw. I had to flip the piece in order to make it work. While effective, the saw kerf left a lot of s...
by BarnacleMike
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from oregon
Replies: 606
Views: 99003

Re: New member from oregon

That's the varnish that I used, and I was very happy with it. Your Zip is looking great!

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