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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #300 on: February 10, 2012, 04:22:16 AM »

the back cushion is slightly to the left, theres not a pleat missing, 9 on both sides. nobody noticed until it was mentioned and it does not notice.
the boat is absolutely stunning and something to be real proud of
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #301 on: February 10, 2012, 08:16:05 AM »

the back cushion is slightly to the left, theres not a pleat missing, 9 on both sides. nobody noticed until it was mentioned and it does not notice.
the boat is absolutely stunning and something to be real proud of

Without getting into an argument and not being destructive but constructive, I beg to differ.

 Yes the boat is indeed stunning, but there is one less large pane, fold, pleat, call it what you will from the front of the boat, the windscreen to the back, on the "padding” around the inside edge of cockpit. Namely 10 and 11 but I need glasses.

If it is not noticeable how can it be seen? It is clearer if you Refer to post number 258 and photo CMIG0395

I have been avidly following this fantastic build as have others and did not notice/missed the “error" until the seats were temporarily in situ.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #302 on: February 10, 2012, 08:26:10 AM »

Like you say it's not noticeable until someone points it out.

Now I see it it's obvious but until you guys mentioned it I never noticed it
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #303 on: February 10, 2012, 02:23:46 PM »

No you don't notice - but after being pointed out you see 'something'
I could be wrong but it looks like a tweak in the alignment is all thats needed.
Either way Mike is hands on so he can tell us - and we don't need to argue.

I'll say it again - the boat is lovely and also the upholstery is fantastic. I have
learnt a lot on Mikes build. :-))

Dave
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #304 on: February 10, 2012, 03:44:37 PM »

Hello.

Point taken about the misalignment in the coming stitching, I did know about it but was naive enough to think that it would escape your notice. No so.

It certainly has fooled my Grandsons, but then again they are only 7yrs old.

So, I am going to make a new part with the last remaining piece of fabric that I have left, hopefully it will be better.

Here is the fabric marked out for sewing, should be somewhat better.

Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #305 on: February 10, 2012, 09:40:24 PM »

Mike,

Is it possible to "insert" two small stitching's instead of making a new piece.

So long as the pleats are balanced/even they don't necessarily need to align with the seat pleating.

But it's your boat and your the boss.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #306 on: February 11, 2012, 02:26:34 PM »

Here it is finished, this will have to do as I don't have any more fabric left.

Same technique as before really, the foam fingers are cut too long so that it's easier to hold and place them on the pre glued backing, contact glue so only you only get one go.

Once fixed then it's simple to trim the excess with sharp scissors.  The seat base and back are glued as one piece now so that they can be removed as one.

It was totally impossible to re work the first piece, I did look hard for a way to be able to use it though.

Some pictures for you to scrutinise  :-) , please don't point out any faults that will require re making as I said earlier all the fabric has gone now so will have to live with them.

Any other suggestions most welcome.

Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #307 on: February 11, 2012, 03:33:29 PM »

Truly great work Mike  :-))
Inspirational really.

Dave
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #308 on: February 11, 2012, 04:00:07 PM »

Thanks Dave, much appriciated.

Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #309 on: February 11, 2012, 10:30:55 PM »

Mike,

Brilliant, if that doesn't deserve 10 out of 10, nothing will. :-)) :-)) :-))

Looks exceptionally good to me. O0 O0 O0 O0
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #310 on: March 21, 2012, 03:56:36 PM »

Hello all.

At last the temps are beginning to rise so I will start to varnish the boat shortly.

I intend to do 3 coats with 24 hrs drying time between coats then cut back with 400 grit.

3 more of the same but with 800 grit and then 3 more with 1000 grit. All dry.

The final coats will be 3 more coats with 24 hours between coats with 1200 grit used wet and then a final cut with cutting compound.

My question is this...  T-Cut won't do it, I've tried it, so what is the best cutting compound for use on non synthetic varnish to achieve a mirror finish ?

Any suggestions will be most welcome.

BTW, it will be hand done as I don't have any polishing machines.

Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #311 on: March 28, 2012, 04:18:11 PM »

Hi All.

Apparently, after talking to both Farecla and the 3M tech Dept's. it's not at all a good idea to use cutting compound on varnishes made of natural oils.
Two pack is O.K. but not old fashioned varnishes. Will have to take extra care with the brush applied coats then !.

Have opened up the Shed and started to continue with the Aquarama build, some pics of the progress so far.
Varnishing time has arrived so that's the next job.

I hope that opening the cockpit hatch to the battery / motor compartment for every re charge will not be necessary, hence the screws.
Everything should be able to be done via the Sundeck hatch.
Have secured the rear hatch with magnets, seems O.K.

The accessories are just laid in place for photo purposes.
Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #312 on: April 01, 2012, 12:53:07 PM »

Almost ready for varnishing now, final sanding done and daytime temps are O.K.

Decided that it would be best to coat the whole boat in one go rather than one half, let dry then the other half.

To this end I've made a,"Varnishing Jig", this allows me to do the bottom and sides then flip over to do the deck.

Should do the trick !! Hopefully.

Some photos.

Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #313 on: April 01, 2012, 01:38:43 PM »

That's looking smashing Mike....and the jig's really clever too.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #314 on: April 01, 2012, 01:51:42 PM »

That's looking smashing Mike....and the jig's really clever too.

Thanks.

Think I'll fit a couple of stretchers, just to tie the two jigs together, they are a bit wobbly at the moment.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #315 on: April 09, 2012, 01:14:22 PM »

Hello.

2 coats of varnish so far, it's still soaking into the planking but I think the next coats will start to build up now.

Haven't flatted it yet, that's the next job, probably do it dry.

It did have the third coat but somehow I managed to contaminate parts of the deck with grease, I think through touching it from time to time to see of it was dry.

This caused the wet varnish to be repelled into dry lines and circles, managed to wipe it all off with some kitchen roll soaked in Turpentine, all seems O.K. now

Lesson learned, but then, dropped one of the metal G cramps onto the rear deck, fortunately just damage to the still soft varnish and not the wood, easily put right thankfully.

Mike.

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #316 on: April 09, 2012, 04:28:18 PM »

Ooohhhh....shiney.......I like it!  :-))
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #317 on: April 14, 2012, 04:06:37 PM »

Two more coats following wet and dry sanding

Have found problems with the Le Tonk varnish which apparently they are aware of, apparently, the gloss is so high that it is essential that any glaze is removed

before the next coat is applied. This manifests itself by the wet coat splitting from the previous coat, very much like grease or wax  contamination.

They are blaming this on E.U. regulations regarding the change of chemicals allowed in the manufacture !!.

I am de glazing using neat white spirit and 0000 grade wire wool, seams to be working O.K.

Lots more coats needed yet but this is proving to be the most difficult stage of the build, and the most critical.

Some photos of coats 3 and 4.

Mike
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #318 on: April 16, 2012, 07:28:10 PM »

Hello All.

Please tell me if this build is becoming boring.
 
I know that the varnishing stage is a little repetitious but I thought that it may be of some value to you chaps who are contemplating a varnish finish.

After 6 coats the glaze is just unbelievable, can you have too much shine ?

If the procedure is followed for using LeTonkinois varnish then I would defy any one to better it.

Epifanes, Stoppani, and any other exotic, ( expensive  finishes), no where near close.

Will continue to post more pics if it will be of continuing interest, please let me know.

Last thing that I want to do is to become boring.

Mike.

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #319 on: April 16, 2012, 07:46:31 PM »

Boring? You must be joking. That is looking fabulous.
What are you applying the varnish with, i.e. what sort of brush? and what are you cleaning with, tack cloths?
Chris
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #320 on: April 16, 2012, 08:01:59 PM »

Boring? You must be joking. That is looking fabulous.
What are you applying the varnish with, i.e. what sort of brush? and what are you cleaning with, tack cloths?
Chris




Hi Chris.

The brush is a cheap 3/4 inch Artists one from Staples the office supplies store, £1.85 I think and yes, you are right, after a wipe over with White Spirit then a good wipe with a Tack Cloth.The next coat is then brushed on.
  
Two coats, then followed by a wet and dry sanding with 400 grit waterproof paper lubricated with a little washing up liquid in warm water.

No pics of the 6th coat yet but I will be changing to 800 grit for the next sanding.

Thanks for the encouragement, will keep the pics coming.

Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #321 on: April 17, 2012, 06:44:52 AM »

and this is fior your grandkids? can't wait to see when you really put some effort in for you own build lol

400 grit sounded a bit coarse for sanding varnish layers to me, BUT judging by the finish you are acheiving I am completely wrong.

Keep up the good work
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #322 on: April 18, 2012, 08:21:31 AM »

Hi

Pictures of 7th coat, full gloss reached now I think, the next few coats will only add thickness.

The surface is now perfectly level,  just a couple of small sags here and there but these will be removed after wet and dry sanding.

Mike.
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« Reply #323 on: April 18, 2012, 09:05:11 AM »

Very very nice.... Im jealous
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #324 on: April 18, 2012, 09:40:44 AM »

ooh its nearly finished dead exciting  %%
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