Repairing and restoring wooden boats by yourself not only save you a lot of money, but also provide great personal satisfaction. It also makes you familiar with the complicated construction details of your boat. Moreover, repairing the existing wooden boat can be more rewarding than building a new boat.
If previous varnish, oil or paint is discolored, peeling or chipping it must be removed before applying a new finish. Varnish, Oil and Paint can be removed by sanding with 60-80 grit sandpaper or the use of a Chemical Stripper. Chemical strippers are designed to brake down the previously varnished or oiled coatings. Apply Stripper with a throwaway brush or spray on the surface of the wood. Allow stripper to sit on surface of wood for 5 to 10 minutes before scraping. Test a small area to see if finish is ready for removal. Then scrape off loosened finish by gently working in the direction of wood grain with a scraping tool or synthetic steel wool. Wipe off sludge with a rough cloth and let dry. If small areas of Varnish or Oil are still remaining, lightly sand wood to remove any remaining old finish.
Of course, to protect your boat from weathering conditions, you will want to paint it. You’ll want to use a poison paint below the waterline as a means to prevent marine growth. Above the waterline, you have much more flexibility.
When choosing a garage floor paint/Epoxy Resin go with the epoxy choice. I have never seen a paint for a garage floor that stands up well to hot tire pick up, no matter what the paint store sales person says. Hot tire pick up is simply when you pull into your garage after being out driving and your tires are hot enough that an inferior product on your garage floor will actually pull off the floor and stick to your tires. Talk about a mess. Look for a two part epoxy kit with color flecks and non-slip additive available in the kit. Your typical kit will include a small can of activator, a large gallon can of the base of the epoxy, colored flecks to add for aesthetic appearance, and non-slip additive. Simply follow the directions on the box to apply the paint.
How to lay floor tiles with an epoxy adhesive has one very important step if you are working with stock-sized tiles, un-square walls, or a room with wall jogs. Cutting, and fitting these non- standard areas will make the difference in a professional looking floor or a so-so floor. Take the time to make it right because once the glue goes down you’re stuck!
As for materials, stitch and glue boats usually use fiberglass, wood and epoxy. Fiberglass is used to sheath the outside portion of the boat. While the boat itself is usually made of wood epoxy. You just need to choose what type of wood to use. For this reason, you’re most likely to use epoxy to glue the parts together as epoxy works best with wood.
Next, set the beam and cut it to the size you need. This will give you the rough sawn look. However, if you want a planned look, I will share another idea that has been shared with me: a planner head and motor can be mounted to the front of the sawmill head on a horizontal mill. The four post heads are strong enough to carry the planer head steadily. The planer head can be mounted on a pivot so that it can be lowered at will or locked up out of the way. After sawing the face on the beam, you lower the planer head to the surface of the beam and start the return of the saw head. This will produce a beam with a beautiful surface. Do this on all four sides and you have a top dollarbeam.
Just try to remember in your purchase of epoxy floor coatings, you have to be specific of what you really need. This will lessen any wastage and save you money. Make sure that you know how to mix it. If not, it is wise to have a professional do it.