Gelcoat Buffing And Care

Here I discuss some of the products and techniques I use for maintaining and buffing a gelcoat surface. Below are Amazon links for the compounds and pads used in the video πŸ™‚ Meguiars Oxidation Remover Meguiars One Step Cleaner / Wax The Aqua-Buff products on Amazon unfortunately are expensive! Much better pricing can be found on Ebay πŸ™‚ 3M wool compounding pad 3M polishing pad If you would like to see extended versions of these video’s that contain more information and detail please consider supporting…

How To Protect And Care For Your Painted Surface

Shop Amazon for the products used in this video and help support this show! 3M Perfect-it Ultra Fine Machine Polish The foam pad needed for this polish This polish is meant to be used as a follow up to their compound (which will remove scratches and help blend repairs). The compound is part of the 3M Perfect-It line and can be found below. 3M Perfect-It Rubbing Compound This compound is to be used with a different foam pad than what is used for the polish….

Gelcoat or Paint.. Which One Should I Use??

In this video, I briefly discuss some of the advantages / disadvantages of each of these materials, as well as some considerations you should keep in mind when trying to decide what to use for your next project. This video is an abbreviated version of what’s avail to Patreon supporters! If you would like to see extended versions that contain more information and detail please consider supporting this show through Patreon! Thank you! If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please leave them…

How To Fiberglass Over Plywood

In this video I am using laminating poly resin, 1.5 oz csm and 1708 bi-axial glass. In order to ensure a good bond onto the plywood it is essential to pre-coat the surface with resin! Not doing so will almost certainly result in a dry layup and de-lamination πŸ™ Not good… In total, I used 12oz of resin to pre-coat the surface and layup all the glass shown in the demo. The fin roller I used to establish the radius on the fillet is 1/2″…

Re-Sealing A Boat Deck Hatch

This project was a true test of patience! Duct tape… Baked on duct tape…. To remove the adhesive I used Naptha VM&P (which is safe to use on most polycarbonates). The black caulking was Dow Corning 795 and the white compound for mounting the hatch back onto the deck was 3M 4000UV. I think everything is pretty straight forward, if you have any questions of comments please leave them below! Thank you!

Sometimes You Just Have To Make Access For A Repair!

I think this is pretty self explanatory πŸ™‚ If you have any questions please leave them below and I will get back to you! Thanks for watching! Please remember that an extended version of this video with more information is available for Patreon supporters! To find out more please click here!

Making New Fiberglass Parts From A Mold

Writeup coming tonight!..

Your Support Will Allow Boatworks Today To Continue And Grow!

Boatworks Today isn’t how I make my living, but I want to move in that direction! Since 2004 I’ve owned / operated a custom repair shop (which is my bread and butter). What makes this difficult for me is that making these videos takes time; a LOT of time (and expense)! Video equipment, hosting fees, general overhead, materials, planning, maintaining websites, etc. quickly add up to a significant amount of time and money. I want to grow this show far beyond where it is now,…

Installing New Fixed Portlights

In this video I mount some new fixed portlights using 3M VHB tape. VHB stands for Very High Bond, and it does exactly what it says it does! When installing polycarbonate or acrylic panels / portlights I’ve found this method to work extremely well. It eliminates the need for any kind of screw fasteners which typically result in cracking the material, provides a nice clean look and allows the poly / acrylic to expand and contract with temps without issue. The specific tape I used…

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