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    7' tall Sailboat

    This boat needs some TLC a friend of mine gave me this sailboat to store for him while he cleans house. I know it needs work and I would like to fix it up for him and make it a ship we can both be proud of. Being new to the unpowered nautical side of the RC world I have no clue wear to start looking for hardware for it.

    I would like to strip the paint and possibly stain and seal the wood that lies beneath the cracked and chipped paint job. Curious if anyone has used a paint striping putty with any luck or perhaps could recommend a good way to rid this boat of it's paint.



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    RE: 7' tall Sailboat

    Probably not really helpful but..that is a loverly looking craft in its current livery.
    If it was mine I would tidy up the existing paint,sand it back and repaint in a high gloss white with either red or black antifoul(not real antifoul but colour to represent it)
    Paint suits its style in my opinion.Gives it that "real" look.

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    RE: 7' tall Sailboat


    I agree with k4s,

    some very gentle sanding of the hull being careful of the gunwales and raised keel lip. That should remove cracks and chips. Repair damaged areas with filler. Then mask and aerosol spray in gloss enamel and clear finish. Retain waterline.

    You could try sanding back down to reveal bare timber but.... danger! you could sand too much timber and create thin patches. Also timber beneth may look nasty. Is the wood teak or cedar? Might just be ply. In the real world, boats like this are normally painted.

    She will look great with a minimal repaint .

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    RE: 7' tall Sailboat

    I doubt that you would get a satisfactory result. The hull has probably already been filled/puttied/ stained. From the look of it, it's afairly
    old build, and it would probably devalue the worth, also. Why, exactly do you want to repaint? Are you planning on selling it? Are you going to convert to RC? Or just display? I think it looks just lovely the way it is.
    There are a few makers of brass hardware that you could add. Go to AMYA.org, then to the vintage club site, they can direct you to Robert Cousineau's site. You have to know what you are doing when you modify something this nicely made. There are also a few others, I'll try to get them up later, but you will be changing the look of it, and as any antique fan will tell you, when you change the originality, you lose authenticity and value. I have another thread here, called beautiful boats, where there are some really old boats and you can compare the looks of the hardware, paint, etc. Keep us posted, please!

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    RE: 7' tall Sailboat

    Started to sand the cracks smooth still need to fill in some places before repainting. Also have plans to relocate the electronics to put them out of view when all the hatches are in place.

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    RE: 7' tall Sailboat

    WOW hoping for a bit more useful info.

    Thanks K4s think I will just touch the blemishes fill the cracks and sand smooth for new paint.

    1967250s constructive criticism[:'(] well a smooth repainted finish will be much more satisfying to me the the current state of the sailboat.

    With that said anyone tell me what paint would be the best to use on this project it is RC and will spend time in the water.[sm=drowning.gif]
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    RE: 7' tall Sailboat

    Probably un nessercary to go all out and use dedicated marine paint.Although if cost is not a problem this is what I would use.Epiglass is a good brand down here in NZ.
    Having said the above a two pot paint on a model that will spend probably more time inside than out is a bit of overkill.
    Any quality brand paint with exterior use will be ok.


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