Boat Refinishing and Custom Graphics

JohnBoat Refinishing & Graphics, Custom Paint, Gallery, RestorationOctober 5, 20120 Comment

Here is another example of Boat Refinishing and Custom Graphics addiction of John Russo owner of Palm Beach Customs. It started out that my daughter and I were going to purchase this boat, clean it and just use it as is. The funny thing is, as I am writing this post anyone who knows me realizes that is just not possible. It did start out that way and the cleaning turned into removing all the carpets and interior then we faced the fact that it was going to be a canidate for a paint job .

     Boat Refinishing and Custom Graphics 

Well, as you can see it wasn’t just the average paint job. I decided to use House Of Kolor Spanish Gold Kandy and Pearl White as the main base colors and wanted asymmetrical graphics that I later named broken graphics. This meant that not one panel on the boat was the same.

So as the boat paint job and now full restoration was under way we got to thinking what are we going to name it? Then it came to me, clearly it was a jet boat that blew a Rooster- Tail about 60 ft in the air so there it was: Rooster Tail. That made me think about my favorite cartoon as a kid (plus my family owned a big chicken farm)  Foghorn Leghorn (loved that show). Well, I will just let you see the rest.

Below is a better shot of  Foghorn Leghorn airbrushed on the engine cover.

As you can see we replaced the entire dash and interior along with marine grade Berger carpet. All wood for the seat panels were new and coated with fiberglass resin to keep the moisture out in case they got wet and a nice pearl white vinyl was used. Oh, check out the custom stitched seats.

As you can see after about 400 man hours the “quick little detail “turned into a major paint Boat Refinishing and Custom Graphics work of art that was sure to turn some heads on the water. If you have a boat that needs gel-coat, fiberglass repairs and some updating or you are simply looking to get your boat name and some graphics, we are here to help. Just give us a ring and fill out the contact form and we will make your dreams a reality!

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Boat Fiberglass Gelcoat And Refinishing

JohnCustom Paint, Gallery, RestorationOctober 4, 20120 Comment

Welcome To Our website! Today we will  go over boat fiberglass gelcoat and refinishing and give you examples of our work on a 38 ‘ Cigarette Top Gun restoration that was a solid boat but needed updating with some fiberglass repairs on the top deck and removal of the center rail on the bow.

As you can see in the above picture the rub rails were removed and all screw and seams were filled with 3m 5200 marine sealer. Below you will see the cockpit and dash area being prepped and ready for refinishing.

Here you can see the dash with silver base coat applied with urethane top coat.

We also spent a good amount of time prepping the engine compartment and we used Awlgrip on the inside of engine compartment the original gel coat finish was prepped and sanded then wiped down with acetone for good adhesion.

 Once we had the boat pretty much ready we took care of the prep on the stern.

Then it was time to add the pair of brand spanking new 540 big block power.

People often ask is it different performing boat fiberglass repair and refinishing compared to automobiles corvettes and metal refinishing  and I say its similar and once you get past the fiberglass repair with fiberglass resin and matt. Then it is basically the same there on after body work and urethane primer the same paints are used on the cars now as well as the boats. You will find the top boat manufactures like Cigarette, Apache, Nor Tech  Outer-limits, Donzi and Magnum, just to name a few, are all using high quality automotive primers and base coats along with high solid urethane clear coats. You will see below the cigarette was shot with 5 gallons of yellow lemon ice base to start the wild paint job.

Here we have the graphics starting to be applied including the Cigarette logos done in carbon fiber. Being in the auto restoration business since the early 1980s and restoring fleets of old cars it sure is fun applying some magic tricks to the massive canvas.

So whether it is a simple boat fiberglass gel coat and refinishing repair you need or a new logo and boat design we are here to help you in Swfl – Fort Myers area. Don’t hesitate to check out our other articles on the website and give us a call.
 

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