Minnesota Squirt Build

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JimmY
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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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That is a cool blue!

The red that I use took a few coats to cover the primer. I think it depends on the color and how transparent the different pigments are.
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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Thanks Jim, I really like it. I threw a very thin 4th coat on and will sand it tomorrow night and plan to apply 1-2 more coats depending on how it looks. My clear gloss and white for boot stripe should be here Wednesday, so depending on how the blue goes I could be applying the clear gloss next weekend.

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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Question, I have sanded down the paint, and have now applied two additional coats, and I am still seeing some of scratches from the sandpaper through the second coat. I sanded with 220 to start. How many more coats should I plan on applying? My concern is that I will need to order an additional quart of blue if I need to do more than one or two additional quotes. My plan was to sand down the two additional coats with 320, and see where that gets me. But if I am likely going to need to order an additional quart I would rather do that sooner than later (and of course my clear and white were just delivered yesterday :roll: )

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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Something for you to think about: this is the bottom of the boat that you are painting, and the fact of the matter is you don't see much of the bottom much of the time. So how perfect does it need to be to be good enough?

On my boat, I put 4 or 5 coats on the bottom and decided that good enough was, indeed, good enough.

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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Thats good advice. If the bow and sides are nice thats as much of the bottom as anyone will see. When you are at this stage its hard to remember that because all you have ever seen is the bottom of the boat as you build.

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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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I would use up the rest of the blue, and sand with 320. Maybe tip perpendicular to what you have been doing.

In the water, all the red on mine is below the water line.
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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Well, I ordered another quart, not because I didn't take everyone's advice, but because when I peeled the tape off the paint edge it also peeled up some of the paint (left the tape on too long). Oh well, I sanded it down this morning with 320 and it looks much better. I am going to touch up the areas that peeled away and do another coat or two for good measure.

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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Can't believe it has been two months since I posted. But a honey-do project of rebuilding the deck took up a few of my weekends, and the start of duck season as well. Either way, progress has been made, I decided to call the bottom paint good enough and finally moved on to the boot stripe and clear coat. This weekends work involved four coats of clear WR-LPU. From the instructions that should be sufficient to do a light sanding and buff. Was very pleasantly surprised with how well the clear looks over the blue. Enough chattering, time for the pics!

Prior to the boot stripe:
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Boot Stripe:
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Overhead view, after washing down:
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My question now is, do you think four coats of WR-LPU Clear is sufficient, or will I need more? So excited to finally get to the flip, just about a year from starting...

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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Looking good.

It depends on if you are planning on sanding and buffing out the paint. I rolled and tipped an entire quart of clear on the bottom and sides of mine, which was seven or eight coats. What you are going for is enough layers and build up to be able to sand all the paint flat for buffing without going through it. If you are spraying and just going to leave it, 4 coats is plenty.
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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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10/10/20 was the official flip day. Had some friends over for a semi-Oktoberfest gathering, and took advantage of the company to see flip the Squirt. Of course everyones question was "does it leak?" I have no doubt in my mind it would be fine, but figured we could walk it in and I could see where the waterline sits. I also picked up a duck boat and trailer, figuring I could use the trailer for the Squirt. Spent today making adjustments to the trailer so it would sit a little better on the trailer (not that I plan on hauling far anytime soon. I had been looking forward to this for a while, lately just to start working on soomething other than paint!
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Ahhh YESSS!
the buzz-your-lips-make-engine-noises day !! :wink:
VRoom vroom
Very nice. Always a good day.
I've seen the guys with the big boats and V-8 engines sit on a egg crate & faux steering wheel and make the engine noises, :lol:
at least you got some for real water and a oar propulsion.!!!
BRAVO,, well done sir.
Oak is over rated, everything about it takes extra time; then it warps, splits or checks !!! :roll:

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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Congratulations, now get a motor on that! :D
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Re: Minnesota Squirt Build

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Spent the last two weeks working on the inside (when I can). Have the deck beams, strongback, battens, and carlings cut, forward deck beams and carlings are installed. Started working on the seat this weekend. I know this question has been asked, but I am struggling to find the answer from other posts. How much room do most people leave from the stern the rear most deck beam? Per the instructions it lists 18" from the deck beam at the seat to the rear most deck beam, but that leaves a very large area (my boat is stretched to 11'). I had an old 10hp Johnson I threw on to see if it would help determine, moving it back to 20" seems to be fine, but any input is appreciated.

Obligatory pics to show progress. The pine is just a place holder to determine distance, I decided to do something a little different for the dash, pics to come next week once the glue up is finished (just glued a thin piece of white oak in between two pieces of mahagony to give a stripe effect).
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