Category «Deck»

Prepping for Paint: Various Tasks

The big task this summer will be hull paint, if everything goes smoothly and weather cooperates. Numerous tasks for preparation: Sacrificial Coat of Paint for the Deck The original cracking gelcoat nonskid has been stripped off. This leaves the underlying laminate exposed to the sun/UV. One doesn’t want to leave this exposed for long periods …

Deck Grinding, Repair, and Prep for Hull Paint

The thick old waffle pattern non-skid that was molded into the original gelcoat from the factory, has all been ground off. The vacuum attachment of the PaintShaver Pro tool, that was used for the grinding, collected %99 of the material. When emptying the shop-vac, I estimate twenty to thirty pounds of ground up gelcoat/fiberglass. That …

Goodbye Nonskid

Finished grinding off the thick “waffle pattern” nonskid from the deck. Much of the delamination on the cabin top has been repaired. There are a few silver dollar size spots but I am not sure it is worth the work to fill those. But with the non skid now stripped from the side decks, larger …

Delamination Repair Recipe

Ingredients and Utensils epoxy with slow catalyst plastic mix cups mixing sticks syringes plenty of rags cheap masking tape cordless drill with bit slightly bigger than syringe tip torpedo level small ballpeen hammer black sharpie Take the hammer and tap the deck to identify the extent of the delaminated area. Try and find the center …

Delamination!

No foolin. Stripping away the thick gelcoat non-skid from the top of the cabin trunk has revealed large spots of delamination. Delamination is something no (fiberglass) boat owner wants to discover. It is a condition where the fiberglass laminate has separated from the core material to produce small voids in between. When a professional marine …

Stripping Deck Gelcoat Non-Skid with the PaintShaver Pro (Video)

So here it is. The fastest and easiest method to remove the thick gelcoat non-skid from the deck. The tools is the “PaintShaver Pro” (http://paintshaver.com/paintshaver-pro/). Originally designed to strip paint from home siding, sold in two versions: original and marine. The difference between the two being the marine version has diamond tipped teeth instead of …

Gelcoat Removal Tests

Knowing that the gelcoat non-skid must be removed, we have tested various tools and techniques for removal. Here is a summary of what we have learned. Angle Grinder This is the first obvious choice. If you deal with fiberglass/resin construction and repairs, you will likely need to grind the stuff, and already have one. Your …

How To Strip Gelcoat?

The deck needs some attention this summer. Particularly the top of the main cabin trunk where a permanent design/solution is needed for the companionway slide and door. This will involve some fiberglass work moulding parts and glassing them to the deck. This brings up the topic of the nonskid pattern found on decks of Westsails… …

“Eyebrow” Portlights are In

We call these “eyebrow” portlights for lack of a better word. They are wide thin portlights installed on the forward facing deck surface where the forward cabin trunk transitions upward to the main cabin trunk. Down below one can see the “factor of three” taking shape.