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1980 Hydrostream Vamp restoration

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Re: 1980 Hydrostream Vamp restoration

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Primer has been all put down, and is now being blocked out. Turns out this hull is very wavy, so Im going to have to put down another coat on the topside when I am done blocking it all. But the surface is going to be like glass when its done.

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Looking great! Really making some good progress! I wish all my projects went this fast. lol My lack of space right now is my huge issue. I would love to get going on my Vamp.
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Re: 1980 Hydrostream Vamp restoration

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Another round of primer and more sanding. She is looking better now with no real waves in the hull. Going to block out the bottom today and monday and then I need to clean the garage so I can gelcoat it.

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Are you going to spray gel or going with paint?
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1976 CobraJet Jet Boat - Outboard conversion project
1976 Pontoon - aka The Family Truckster
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Re: 1980 Hydrostream Vamp restoration

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Hippie459MN wrote: May 04, 2024 11:20 am Are you going to spray gel or going with paint?
I am going with gelcoat. I want to do glitter on the topside, so gel is my best option.
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Block sanding the bottom now to get that nice and smooth before gelcoat. Ive got one side done, working on the other side right now then I will tackle the keel to get it nice and smooth.


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Looking good. I bet your arms are plenty sore. LoL
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Re: 1980 Hydrostream Vamp restoration

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Im finally done block sanding the bottom... that was the biggest pain in the butt in the world.... its just so much surface area to sand.

But, its done now and I can move on to gelcoating this weekend! Going to do just the bottom of the boat on sunday and let it cure for awhile and set it back down on the trailer and remove the bow and transom eyes and finish gelcoating the front and transom.

The topside will get gelcoated probably on monday.
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Re: 1980 Hydrostream Vamp restoration

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Bottom of the boat has been sprayed with black gelcoat. I did 5 layers and a layer of PVA over the top of it. Going to let it sit for a few more hours and then put everything back into the garage for the night.
Hoping to get to spraying the top this week or next Saturday. Going to make sure I have lots of time to do the topside since I will be using glitter that I dont want to mess up.

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Re: 1980 Hydrostream Vamp restoration

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Started wet sanding and buffing the bottom while I wait till the weekend when I can spray the topside of the boat. Not perfect, but overall I think it came out pretty good. I think I am just going to wet sand down to the middle lifting rib. This is a good compromise between going insane with sanding, and the boat having a nice shine when in the water.

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