restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#16 Post by photonfanatic » Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:01 am

What all prep work was involved for the logs?

Also, why type of paint did you use on them? Seems like it would have to be tough.

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#17 Post by kcdaniels » Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:13 pm

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Ok...so go in the shop this morning and pull all the tape off the rails...set them up on the deck and Decide I do not like the dark brown on the skin :cry: all that tape I just pulled off I have to re tape it all again....go to the automotive paint store and pick out a color that is more inline with the big $$$$$ tracker boat....this is what I came up with...looks better ...
Then tomorrow pull all that tape off and tape off the skin "light color" then prep and prime the rails then paint the rails the dark brown...lol

We prepared the aluminum by sanding with 320 grit then apply a aluminum automotive two part primer then the top coat is also automotive two part...
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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#18 Post by photonfanatic » Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:47 pm

Ok so I have to ask, since there are so many people restoring pontoon boats it seems.

Can you just roll out some sheet aluminum, or sheet steel, and use that to make a new fence? I mean keep the frame, but use some new sheet metal? Just curious in case mine ever gets any of those big dents that you see in some older boats fences. Yours doesn't seem to have any, but when I was looking at boats before I bought mine, lots of them had big dents in the sheet metal of the fence.

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#19 Post by kcdaniels » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:14 pm

photonfanatic wrote:Ok so I have to ask, since there are so many people restoring pontoon boats it seems.

Can you just roll out some sheet aluminum, or sheet steel, and use that to make a new fence? I mean keep the frame, but use some new sheet metal? Just curious in case mine ever gets any of those big dents that you see in some older boats fences. Yours doesn't seem to have any, but when I was looking at boats before I bought mine, lots of them had big dents in the sheet metal of the fence.
Go to pontoon stuff.com they have the rolls of metal skin...thought about doing that with mine but like you said mine was in good shape...
1990 20' Sweetwater
1994 55 Suzuki 2 stroke
GPS 20 mph two people
Central Florida

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#20 Post by kcdaniels » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:34 pm

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Got the tape pulled and taped the skin then prep the rails...ready for primer and top coat...maybe get sprayed tomorrow..

Now thinking about stripes and or graphics...
1990 20' Sweetwater
1994 55 Suzuki 2 stroke
GPS 20 mph two people
Central Florida

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#21 Post by kcdaniels » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:42 pm

Got the rails primer and top coated the dark brown....and had a helper his name Scooter... :lol3

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Now I need to come up with some stripes and or graphics....any thoughts ?? :donno
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1994 55 Suzuki 2 stroke
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Central Florida

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#22 Post by curtiscapk » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:13 pm

that is sick looking! You did make sure there was no copper in the toon paint right???????? :donno :donno :donno :donno :eviltaunt
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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#23 Post by kcdaniels » Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:27 pm

curtiscapk wrote:that is sick looking! You did make sure there was no copper in the toon paint right???????? :donno :donno :donno :donno :eviltaunt
Thanks....yes I read up on the Copper reaction to aluminum , and the primer and top coat is made to go over aluminum and galvanized metal .....
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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#24 Post by photonfanatic » Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:18 am

So basically its car paint. I guess pontoons just don't go fast enough for wear on the paint to be a problem

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#25 Post by Soonertoon » Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:57 pm

That looks really nice my friend! Job well done! What type of preventative maintenance do you need and also, what will long term effects be on the paint from being wet all the time?
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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#26 Post by kcdaniels » Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:11 pm

Thanks soonertoon....well with all the prep work we did and with the paints we used hopefully not a lot of maintenance to be done other than occasionally applying some wax couple times a year...where I live and will use the boat is fresh water and will live most of the time on the trailer when not in use...I do know I got a good "bite" with the paint as it passes the scratch test...Will not scratch off :nana ....but time will tell...lol...

Just ordered the stripes, graphics and the registration numbers from US Boats....waiting for the vinyl to come in also...
Would like to order all new furniture but that's not in the budget :donno .... :(

Guess I should add some before pictures to this thread...I added some when I joined up to the Welcome area..
1990 20' Sweetwater
1994 55 Suzuki 2 stroke
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Central Florida

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#27 Post by kcdaniels » Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:27 pm

Here some before pictures....

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1990 20' Sweetwater
1994 55 Suzuki 2 stroke
GPS 20 mph two people
Central Florida

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#28 Post by photonfanatic » Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:09 pm

In regards to getting the boat off the trailer. Is it really necessary? Couldn't it be tore down while still on the trailer? If you weren't going to paint the pontoons. Most people just polish theirs up.

Seems to me like the full resto could be done on the trailer. Most of the parts get taken off anyway.

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#29 Post by kcdaniels » Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:25 pm

photonfanatic wrote:In regards to getting the boat off the trailer. Is it really necessary? Couldn't it be tore down while still on the trailer? If you weren't going to paint the pontoons. Most people just polish theirs up.

Seems to me like the full resto could be done on the trailer. Most of the parts get taken off anyway.
No don't think it's necessary, but for me it was as I want to make sure I painted all the toon...I ended up just putting 4x4s under the toons and that worked well...
1990 20' Sweetwater
1994 55 Suzuki 2 stroke
GPS 20 mph two people
Central Florida

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Re: restoration of 1990 Sweetwater

#30 Post by kcdaniels » Tue Aug 18, 2015 4:53 pm

This is the stripes and graphics along with registration numbers......

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1990 20' Sweetwater
1994 55 Suzuki 2 stroke
GPS 20 mph two people
Central Florida

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