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    The carpet in my boat is oil stained, oil soaked, and falling apart. I ripped up a large chunk of the carpet and found a Balsa floor underneath. There's a lot of paint overspray and carpet glue on the floor. What 's the best way to clean it all up? Once it's all cleaned up, I'm going to want to fix a couple of small area's of the floor. In one spot I noticed that a hole had been drilled into it and in another spot there is what looks like there used to be some sort of bracket that was glassed to the floor. I don't have the time, the patience, or the money to fix it to show standards and just want it too look decent from a few feet away. What should I use to fill the hole? After the hole is filled and the glass at that old bracket location has been sanded smooth, what should I seal it up with? After it's all said and done, can I polish the floor and make it shine?

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    Camping fuel works well to remove spray type glues. As far as sealing the balsa it's just fiberglass mat or cloth over the top of it. The glass disapears when resin is applied, use a resin roller to keep the build up to a minimum.

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    The easiest way to shine up a floor would be a flow coat. It's about a hundred bucks a gallon, 3 quarts would would cover the floor no problem. The flow coat gives it the wet look, plus added durability over the bare fiberglass.

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    Where do you get flow coat??
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    I used surfboard resin on mine. It can be buffed. I haven't yet buffed mine.


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    i'm doin a floor in a tunnel over the winter, can the flowcoat be put down over base paint? i was wanting to paint the inside of the boat(after i sealed it) the same color as the outside, do some stripe'n, then put something very durable over that.
    would also like to know where to get it? i really wanna make this floor look nice, it looks bad right now. he's adding alot of glass to the bottom of the boat, so i volunteered to pimp it out some for him. lil winter project to get my mind off having a skiboat sitting where a nice tx19 sat lastweekend

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    (Sorry I don't know the proper wording.) I want to paint the inside's of the sides of the boat and paint the stringers also,

    can I use spray cans with any lasting luck or is that a job pretty much for a pro?

    Removing old paint overspray?


    I'm currently using steel wool to get at the paint overspary but I'm going to be getting to an area of the floor which is highly visible and the steel wool is scratching the floor. I'm using lighter fuel to get at the glue bit tomorrow I'm going to get some of that camping fuel for the glue.

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    Surface prep is sand with 220 grit, for proper adhesion, so base coat paint may not work so well. But the inside could be painted with gel, sprayed as you would with paint, then flow coat sprayed over the gel. The outfit I use for gel coat, is Sher-Fab Unlimited. The flow coat product is the Prestec Clear.

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    laquer thinner will remove all the paint unless it has clearcoat over it. try it on the glue and see what it does to soften and remove it too. remember, its highly flammable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod56cars View Post
    (Sorry I don't know the proper wording.) I want to paint the inside's of the sides of the boat and paint the stringers also,

    can I use spray cans with any lasting luck or is that a job pretty much for a pro?

    Removing old paint overspray?


    I'm currently using steel wool to get at the paint overspary but I'm going to be getting to an area of the floor which is highly visible and the steel wool is scratching the floor. I'm using lighter fuel to get at the glue bit tomorrow I'm going to get some of that camping fuel for the glue.
    Rod, acyrlic enamel reducer will cover all your'e removal needs and is available at most or all automotive paint shops. a dab of resin mixed medium with catalyst will fill holes and after it sets will be unnoticable by the eye! Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod56cars View Post
    (Sorry I don't know the proper wording.) I want to paint the inside's of the sides of the boat and paint the stringers also,

    can I use spray cans with any lasting luck or is that a job pretty much for a pro?

    Removing old paint overspray?


    I'm currently using steel wool to get at the paint overspary but I'm going to be getting to an area of the floor which is highly visible and the steel wool is scratching the floor. I'm using lighter fuel to get at the glue bit tomorrow I'm going to get some of that camping fuel for the glue.
    Rod, I forgot one thing! The best luck I ever had with bilge paint was good ol rustoleum brush paint. prep and clean well and will stay bright and is very budget friendly. Not to mention overspray doesn't happen with a brush. I have never had it peal or flake either! Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol guy View Post
    Rod, I forgot one thing! The best luck I ever had with bilge paint was good ol rustoleum brush paint. prep and clean well and will stay bright and is very budget friendly. Not to mention overspray doesn't happen with a brush. I have never had it peal or flake either! Mark
    Cool. Is there more than one kind of Rustoleum paint? (i.e.: lacquer, latex, etc...)

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    A couple of pictures to show what I am working on. Thanks for the replies.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ol guy View Post
    Rod, I forgot one thing! The best luck I ever had with bilge paint was good ol rustoleum brush paint. prep and clean well and will stay bright and is very budget friendly. Not to mention overspray doesn't happen with a brush. I have never had it peal or flake either! Mark
    THis is what i used in my bilge, even with gas, oil, etc the paint has stayed put. No chips, flakes, thinning spots, etc.. The directions said to thin it but i just used a brush and slopped it on, layed a few coats. It's good thick stuff.

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