I just bought this OB17 inWisconsin

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I just bought this OB17 inWisconsin

Post by Daniel Boyle » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:21 pm

Hello, I had another thread going but no one answers that one now.
Anyway I have this question about the finish on the OB17.
Here is a pic of the front and as you can see ..you can see the fiberglass cloth where the sides meet the bottom.
I do have some of the cans of resins and such that was given to me.
But what are my options to finish this properly?
Thanks in advance, Dan
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Re: I just bought this OB17 inWisconsin

Post by pee wee » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:27 pm

You have a few options,
1. plan on a work boat finish- give it a sanding, slap some paint on it and you're done.
2. use some fairing compound (use something like Quick Fair or mix your own with fairing fillers) and blend the fiberglass into the smooth surfaces of the hull and deck, then paint.
Pretty as the wood may look, there isn't a good way to preserve the whole area in a clear finish without the fiberglass showing, and it will require protection from UV rays as well.
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Re: I just bought this OB17 inWisconsin

Post by cape man » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:54 pm

I'll give you two more options.

1) Lightly sand and clear coat it with a UV protective coating (I just used the clear EMC paint and LOVED it) and live with seeing the fiberglass tape along the edges.

2) Do the same except paint the edges with an opaque paint where you see the tape.
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Re: I just bought this OB17 inWisconsin

Post by cape man » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:00 pm

Actually, looking at that picture the previous owner may have already added a UV protective layer. Can you ask them? With all the hardware attached they were not planning to paint it and may have finished it with a varnish or clearcoat on top of the epoxy. If that's the case you can just sand and paint over the areas where you see the tape, or as I said, live with seeing it.
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Re: I just bought this OB17 inWisconsin

Post by Fuzz » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:28 pm

Sure is pretty. I understand why you do not want to cover it up. Capeman probably gave you all the choices there are. He has some really nice clear finish on his boat so knows his stuff. All my work must get covered up :roll:

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Re: I just bought this OB17 inWisconsin

Post by Aripeka Angler » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:10 pm

If you want to TRY for a more clear look, hand sand a small test area with a 180 grit sanding block or sponge.
When you are sure you have sanded down to the fiberglass, clean the test area thoroughly and give it a few thin coats of properly mixed 2 part epoxy. The multiple coats of clear, un-tinted epoxy will tell you pretty quick if you have any hope of your tape becoming somewhat clear. Don't skip the sanding, this will not be a proper test without this important step.
I faired an entire canoe with strait epoxy over glass and it's extremely hard to see the cloth (even areas with multiple layers).
Granted your tape is most likely heavier but you might be surprised at the results...
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