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#18143 - 08/19/16 08:23 AM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Sandpaper]
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Looking good, she should float like a cork if she ever has a problem!
If mine ever has a problem, I will have PET water bottles floating all over the lake!
Kind of like bread crumbs.
It will be like the USS Arizona that was sunk in Pearl Harbor; every once in a while a small drop of oil floats to the surface even after all these years; only SV Minnow will spit out a water bottle.
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#18211 - 09/03/16 06:29 PM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Happy Camper]
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I have ruffed in some wire conduit so I can remove or run extra wire in the future if needed. To say the least it was a real pain to hold the conduit in place so I could epoxy it. I Then filled the gaps with white caulking which also gives it some extra strength. Hopefully with a final sanding and when I paint the interior of the cabin it will look great.










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#18212 - 09/03/16 06:32 PM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Mark S]
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Hopefully will start working on bulkhead installation this week.
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#18225 - 09/05/16 06:54 PM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Mark S]
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Started epoxy work on the bulkhead, filling in all the cracks, screw holes, and joints between plywood pieces. Due to the fact some of the gaps were large I needed to use lots of epoxy filler to thicken it up. Next step is to sand, second coat of epoxy to fill in any missed areas, then onto cloth. It's been challenging working in such a small area, but so far happy with the results. I am a bit nervous about cloth work but I plan on mounting precut pieces in places before soaking with epoxy. Never done anything like this before but watching YouTube videos has been of great help.






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#18230 - 09/06/16 12:04 PM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Mark S]
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Looking great!
The cloth work is the easy part. You have done 90% + of the hard stuff. Your on the home stretch now.
Well done.
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#18238 - 09/11/16 04:40 PM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Happy Camper]
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So I did the fiberglass cloth today. I was a bit nervous but but Happy Camper was totally right it is a lot easier than I thought. I find the trick is good preperation and having the cloth all cut to the proper size and fastened in place. I descided to use staples and it worked out great. You really need to make sure your epoxy mixing cup, mixing utensil, brush, roller, and spatula is ready to go. Also definitely make sure you have paper towels on hand for any mess you make. I had my plate of epoxy in the laz with my roller and when I was not paying attention I tipped the plate and spilled epoxy, what a mess. I definately recommend pumps for the epoxy resin and hardener to make sure correct portions are mixed . Now I need to wait to dry, sand, and then apply another layer of epoxy.








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#18239 - 09/11/16 04:43 PM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Mark S]
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I used two layers of cloth and tacked them both in place at the same time. There was no issues with the epoxy soaking all the way through.
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#18254 - 09/28/16 09:08 PM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Mark S]
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Starting to repair the storage areas in cabin. Epoxied all damaged fiberglass areas, will add cloth next.












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#18255 - 09/29/16 07:19 AM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Mark S]
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Looking good Mark!
These are some of the toughest jobs you will ever need to do on a Piper! It's not big under there and just reaching these spots is a big pain!
Nicely done.
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#18257 - 09/29/16 11:49 PM Re: Sandpiper 565 Restoral [Re: Happy Camper]
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Tell me about it Happy Camper not much room at all. I am 6'4"" and trying to lay the cloth and epoxy has been very difficult. I have bruises on my arms and legs from all the awkward positions I was laying in. When I repair the gouges on the hull that is going to be a walk in the park compared to this. I spent a great deal of time but it has definately been worth it. I'm almost there with the storage compartments. Need to let the cloth dry and then add a few more rolled layers of epoxy.



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