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by ericwensel
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

I decided to coat the bottom with epoxy/graphite. Although I don't think it looks as nice as painting the entire hull, I really like the properties of the graphite/epoxy coating. Given the black will be below the waterline, I think I will be happy I did this. I applied three coats wet on wet. I am u...
by ericwensel
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

I have been unable to make progress that last few weeks due travel and other distractions. However, I did get back to it this weekend. I felt I was very close to having a fair hull but I had not installed the skeg, rub rail or sharpened the chines. I should have done this first before doing too much...
by ericwensel
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

Jeff wrote: Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:13 am Eric, how did you and your family fair with all of the rain & flooding in and around Houston over the last few days? Jeff
We are OK. thanks for asking. The South and East side of town got hit much harder. I am on the west and got much less rain.
by ericwensel
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

Fairing mix is not structural. Mock up the skeg and glass first and mark a grind line. Grind back enough fairing to get your skeg glued and glassed. The marks will hopefully keep you from grinding too much. Better to catch it now than after you rip it off! :wink: OK. thanks for the suggestion. that...
by ericwensel
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

I have not had a good opportunity to put in a long day on the boat in a while but have been slowly fairing the hull. As suggested, i put away the orbital sander and have been using the fairing board. The low spots are getting harder to find and shallower. I am feeling a lot better about finishing th...
by ericwensel
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

A little more progress this weekend. I applied a slightly thickened epoxy (ketchup consistency), then sanded a bit before applying another thicker fairing mix with focus on the known low spots such as around the tape edges. I still have a good bit of work to do. I think my strategy will be to work o...
by ericwensel
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

Thanks for the suggestions. I will stick with Okoume for the rub rail and will completely finish the outside before flipping as suggested.
by ericwensel
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

I hope to make some progress over the weekend. Here is my plan. Comments and suggestions appreciated. Fairing. I sanded the fiberglassed hull bit more. I pretty much have the binding thread knocked down everywhere. I plan to coat the hull with a fairing mix but mixed to a ketchup consistency rather ...
by ericwensel
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

Started fairing process. I sanded the fiberglass again thinking i sand a bit more to ensure a good bond. I am still not sure how far to go. I want to make sure i am not cutting into the glass. I started applying the fairing compound starting at the transom and and working my way up to the bow workin...
by ericwensel
Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: LM18 Houston Tx
Replies: 41
Views: 4853

Re: LM18 Houston Tx

Now that the hull outside is fully glassed, I started the fairing process. I am using the MarinEpoxy and the fairing mix initially. I will at least cover the bottom with the MarineEpoxy fairing compound but then will use QuickFair to finish it out.