Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by Milhouse » Sat May 11, 2019 12:21 pm

Bill Edmundson wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 1:20 pm
Does anyone have a link for this groove tool?
Bill Here is the link for the hook.

I got my Fein OMT on Amazon Link
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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:07 am

Thanks Jim!

It ain't cheap. But, It beats the hell out of a screwdriver. It's still a mess. A much faster mess. :?

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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by billy c » Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:57 am

Bill ...that’s a good thing right? :roll:
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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by billy c » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:24 pm

Progress continues refinishing the Belle. The W. D. Lockwood metal complex dyes worked well over the sanded mahogany. I ran a water test first, misting with a spray bottle to make sure all of the surface absorbed evenly and at the same time corrected errant sanding scratches. The old transom had a few wear and tear problems, so those strakes got a fresh layer of mahogany added. The deck and epoxy caulk lines got cleaned up also and then everything got 2 coats of epoxy over the dyes. The sides were an easy machine sand followed by hand blocking. Three additional coats followed and should give a good base for the Perfection topcoats. The deck, not so easy as detail and caulk lines sat at levels that were correct before epoxy coating. Fighting gravity and epoxy flow into the grooves on both coats was challenging. Lots of hand sanding of edges followed to make sure they were not sanded thru followed. To date, the sides have been finished waiting for the 320 grit sanding. The deck is all hand blocked out being water washed and scotch brite to remove any sanding dust ready for the final couple coats of epoxy.
Finally a few pictures of the progress.
Billy
Belle epoxy - 1.jpg
Belle epoxy - 2.jpg
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Belle epoxy - 4.jpg
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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by psychobilly » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:59 am

Look’n good Billy! Lots of elbow grease right there.

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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by mrintense » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:48 pm

Stain looks great Billy. Definitely a lot of work getting that the way you want it. I am sure it must be hard waiting to get done so you can take her back out on the water.
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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by billy c » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:09 am

Thanks Billy and Carl
Yes it will be good getting it back in the water this season. There ended up being many more hours because of the recessed epoxy caulk lines that I decided to save. It was much easier finishing the deck boards without the "caulk" when its was done originally as no problem if epoxy ran into the grooves. Carl thanks I worked quite a bit trying to bring the same color back as I had originally using the newer style dyes.
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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by Aussie » Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:11 pm

Looking good Billy.

That photos showing the side shot reminds me of one from the original build photos!

Looking nice and fresh.

Can’t wait to see her back in the water

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Re: Restoring Glory Days a 23' Belle Isle

Post by billy c » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:54 am

Aussie wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:11 pm
Looking good Billy.

That photos showing the side shot reminds me of one from the original build photos!

Looking nice and fresh.

Can’t wait to see her back in the water
Thanks Jamie. That is true! Looks like the original pictures of the boat. :lol:
Hope this round of finish gives me even better service than the last.
Finally put away the epoxy and started blowing and cleaning dust out the shop bay. A few good outdoor days prepping the epoxy surface and the Belle will be ready for paint.
Billy
2nd coat scraped and ready for an additonal coat or two
2nd coat scraped and ready for an additonal coat or two
final epoxy coat. will sand to 320 for Perfection varnish
final epoxy coat. will sand to 320 for Perfection varnish
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