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26 RPM Twin Merc 450R

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We have begun a new RPM 26 Redline build.
This one will be rigged with twin Mercury Racing 450R's and it is available for purchase.

Initial gel design concept. Electric blue base, black bottom, gray pin stripes, tuxedo black design with orange to yellow fade.

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Here you can see Chris laying down the gel coat.
Starting with the gray cockpit and pin stripes.

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Next Chris back masked the mold to spray the fade.

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After the fade was done, pulled the masking to spray the tuxedo black. (missed the pictures for that step)
Then electric blue base coat. Tricky part with the electric blue is to get a good even coat because it is so transparent. You can see the transparency in some of the pictures.

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Bottom mold receives the same treatment and processes.

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Here's a short video showing parts of this process. It will give you a quick look at the steps it takes. Enjoy!

 

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We have begun a new RPM 26 Redline build.
This one will be rigged with twin Mercury Racing 450R's and it is available for purchase.

Initial gel design concept. Electric blue base, black bottom, gray pin stripes, tuxedo black design with orange to yellow fade.

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Here you can see Chris laying down the gel coat.
Starting with the gray cockpit and pin stripes.

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Next Chris back masked the mold to spray the fade.

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After the fade was done, pulled the masking to spray the tuxedo black. (missed the pictures for that step)
Then electric blue base coat. Tricky part with the electric blue is to get a good even coat because it is so transparent. You can see the transparency in some of the pictures.

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Bottom mold receives the same treatment and processes.

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Here's a short video showing parts of this process. It will give you a quick look at the steps it takes. Enjoy!

Chris, thanks for sharing that process with us. I'm new to this gelcoat & paint process and am intrigued. I worked most of my career representing AkzoNobel Coatings in their commercial vehicle division selling the Sikkens brand so I have some different expertise. Are you laying down grey gelcoat and then later following with a blue paint coatings product of some kind? Thanks.... just curious in the process really.
 

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Chris, thanks for sharing that process with us. I'm new to this gelcoat & paint process and am intrigued. I worked most of my career representing AkzoNobel Coatings in their commercial vehicle division selling the Sikkens brand so I have some different expertise. Are you laying down grey gelcoat and then later following with a blue paint coatings product of some kind? Thanks.... just curious in the process really.
Yes and no. The in the mold gel coat process is sort of difficult to explain over typing and is all done in reverse. Different gel coaters have their own way of doing things and which colors to do first.

In the pictures and video posted a quick breakdown of the color and spraying stages went like this:

gray gelcoat which will be the cockpit and all pin stripes. Orange/yellow fade area which went clear coat, Orange, yellow. Tuxedo black area which went clear coat then tuxedo black. Electric blue base coat area which went clear coat, electric blue, another blue that’s less transparent. Then after the final color is sprayed the entire mold is sprayed with black to make one uniform color backing all the colors and with the main purpose to assist in the lamination process because the air bubbles in lamination look white so you will know where you need to pull out air bubbles while the lamination/resin is still wet.

That’s the quickest shortest way I can to explain the complex process. Sorry if it’s confusing.
 

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Love watching a professional display his craft. And this thing is going to be a rocket. Standard or carbon build?
 

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Yes and no. The in the mold gel coat process is sort of difficult to explain over typing and is all done in reverse. Different gel coaters have their own way of doing things and which colors to do first.

In the pictures and video posted a quick breakdown of the color and spraying stages went like this:

gray gelcoat which will be the cockpit and all pin stripes. Orange/yellow fade area which went clear coat, Orange, yellow. Tuxedo black area which went clear coat then tuxedo black. Electric blue base coat area which went clear coat, electric blue, another blue that’s less transparent. Then after the final color is sprayed the entire mold is sprayed with black to make one uniform color backing all the colors and with the main purpose to assist in the lamination process because the air bubbles in lamination look white so you will know where you need to pull out air bubbles while the lamination/resin is still wet.

That’s the quickest shortest way I can to explain the complex process. Sorry if it’s confusing.
No, I actually understood based on your descriptions.... who are the coating manufacturers of choice in your marine business? Sikkens [That's AkzoNobel], Axalta [DuPont], PPG, and Sherwin Williams perhaps. These are the players in coatings manufacturing across the globe..... however the names you will be familiar with will fall under their brands. Again, thanks for your tutorials.... I came by your facility over a year ago while in the area. You were quite nice in showing me around the operation.
 

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No, I actually understood based on your descriptions.... who are the coating manufacturers of choice in your marine business? Sikkens [That's AkzoNobel], Axalta [DuPont], PPG, and Sherwin Williams perhaps. These are the players in coatings manufacturing across the globe..... however the names you will be familiar with will fall under their brands. Again, thanks for your tutorials.... I came by your facility over a year ago while in the area. You were quite nice in showing me around the operation.
My pleasure.

Dura Tech and LillyRam are the primary stuff we use.

This is Chris Jr. You probably got the tour from my dad because I was active duty stationed in Hawaii during that time. But I’m glad you were able to check out the Lavey operation an I’m here to assist you with any questions you may have!
 

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You can see how much the electric blue changes in different lighting.
Deck is out of the mold, bottom out of the mold, fuel tanks installed (98 gallons), some of the coosa bulkheads, put the deck on to the bottom to bond the rest of the bulkheads and bond the shoebox fit.

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You can see how much the electric blue changes in different lighting.
Deck is out of the mold, bottom out of the mold, fuel tanks installed (98 gallons), some of the coosa bulkheads, put the deck on to the bottom to bond the rest of the bulkheads and bond the shoebox fit.

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So how odd is it for you guys to pop the top and bottom then bond them together? I know you guys didnt build the molds so its why you cant really do that method very effectively. Id imagine its gotta be a little weird doing it that way after all these years though right?
 
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