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HydroSkreamin

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Got another gallon of Adtec P-14 filler from Express Composites. They’re over 4 hours away from me and I’ve always gotten my order the next day if it was called in before 1 PM. Great people to work with, and the founder, Jim Swanson, is a former boat racer himself and is not only very personable, he’s also very knowledgeable about his product as well, and they keep a lot of stuff in stock.

I’m impressed with the packaging from Adtec.

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I made the mistake of cleaning the small knives first and forgot about the big one before things got too hard. Not cool! I’m here to tell you I could not get the P-14 off even with a sharp putty knife.

Before

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After soaking it in acetone for half an hour

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This is why we wear gloves around these chemicals, people. The Technical Data Sheet only lists acetone as a chemical to avoid, and there’s a list of different acids and liquids that have zero or little effect on it. Pretty tough stuff, but acetone is its Kryptonite.

I repurposed a plastic box Hula had gotten some Tech Screws in to soak in the acetone. Fit perfectly!

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Should be the last of fiberglass spot repairs. Got a bunch of the pod running surface coated, will finish the rest of it next session.

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Looking great, won't be long before the white stuff goes down.

X2 on Express Composites, even with shipping their prices beat most of the stores that are closer to me on the left coast. Good people too.
 

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She’s going to be sharp and smooooooth this week.

I’m working half days this week in order to get it to gel sometime this week. If I didn’t have mandatory safety training every morning this week I’d be all over it.

We’re going to have to either borrow or make a temporary spray booth. Any chance of spraying outside left us for the year.

Super stoked on seeing it in white gel soon!
 

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Looking great, won't be long before the white stuff goes down.

X2 on Express Composites, even with shipping their prices beat most of the stores that are closer to me on the left coast. Good people too.
You should send them pictures of your project, Lenmann, and a link to your build thread. They’re truly boat fanatics and love to see what people do with their products.
 

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It’s been a week. I hope that all is well and you are just getting things done for the winter that is coming. 👍
 

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Put my buddy of 12 years down two Tuesdays ago. The world lost a rockstar. I wish I could have cloned him.

We found him abandoned next to a country road 12 years ago, when we were heading out to reclaim bricks from the middle school my wife and I attended as kids for our fireplace in the new home we were building. Oddly enough, his passing on the Tuesday was just a few days short of the 12 year anniversary of us finding him on a Saturday. I guess we must have had a 12 year lease we didn’t know about.

Eldest daughter is 24, so he was there 1/2 of her life, and youngest daughter is almost 18, so he was present 2/3 of her life. Middle daughter still hasn’t found Colt, so we’ve lost 2 dogs in about one month. Just sucks.

Getting ready for winter at work as well, so I’ve been humping it. I’ve been getting to the shop when I can, and am making progress, but hard to show in pictures. All of the repairs involving fiberglass are finished and sanded flat, so I’m very happy about that. Now it’s filling pinholes and low spots, and of course, sanding. My thumbprint is no longer recognized by my phone due to the missing details from sanding.

Yesterday I picked up a couple of drywall knives for outside corners, and modified them to fit my spray rails. Going to the shop shortly to try them out!

Should have some decent progress pics tonight or tomorrow.
 
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Damnit... Sorry about the lab, he looks and sounds like he was a good pup.

Lost my chocolate last year, still can't hardly think about her without getting teared up.

"If dogs don't go to heaven, when I die I want to go where they went.".
 

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Thanks for the kind words, guys. I still go look for him in his kennel, it’s just weird.

I did achieve some progress today. Things are shaping up with the near-final prep.

Got to try one of the tools I’ve shaped for a specific job today. Hula had an 8” drywall knife that had seen better days, and he didn’t mind if I modified it, so I radiused the corners to fit the same pattern I cut into my Bondo spreader. I’m happy with the results it achieves.

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Didn’t get to try the corner form tool today, but should be able to use it tomorrow or the next day. Just took a couple of drywall outside corner tools and modified one for the pod reflexes and one for the spray rails. The top unit is modified for the pod reflexes, and the lower is a stock unit before I cut it for the spray rails.

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Here’s a shot of how it fits

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Got the nose of the pod blued, sanded, and should be final fill.

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I’m working Monday only this week, planning on busting ass the rest of the week on it, barring any issues with two surgeries on family members this week.

More updates when there’s something worthy of showing.
 

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Got the vertical surfaces sanded and filled with P-14. Pod running surfaces are filled but need bluing and sanding.

Going to sand the edges near the spray rail corners and get them formed and filled tomorrow.

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Got a chance to use the shaft from a small block Chevy distributor for sanding the radii🤣

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I’m very pleased with how the drywall knife profiled for the corners performed. Should be minimal sanding on those vertical surfaces and radii.
 

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Being Thanksgiving today, daughters all busy or working, and wife having surgery tomorrow, I took care of stuff around the house and headed to the HulaHut, but not before my sister dropped off a care package. I put it to good use😁

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Got the nose finish sanded yesterday

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Blued up both vertical surfaces in prep for longboard sanding

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A little bit of sweating and elbow grease later and the starboard sponson is ready for final fill The blue spots are the lows to fill. I’m happy with where it’s at.

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My 2.5 mm tip spray gun arrived from Amazon. It’s a throwaway at $31. We’ll see if we can get it cleaned after each use and I’ll have a good gun for spraying primer on my future car projects.

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