Hi Resto buddies.
I love all the classic original cars, boats and planes. I've restored Many many MANY 50's, 60's and 70's era British cars and am now turning my head to a lovely Caribbean Sandpiper. (possibly 1980-ish??)
I've already refurbished the sad and sorry Dunbier tilt trailer converting it from a dual skid format to wobble rollers with keel guides and side wobble roller arms. It is now so easy to launch and retrieve single handed and a modern 4 ratio hand winch with webbing replaced the old single ratio (fraying)steel cable unit. SO much easier and safer!
I'm currently looking for the "Caribbean" text and "4 trapezium" logo Decal originally applied on the rear flanks astern. Are they available anywhere or should I trace them and have them reproduced as a laser cut vinyl sign?
I'm in Melbourne.
She's a fibreglass 4.5m half cabin who has suffered years of abuse while giving excellent service ( probably the reason for the abuse - as she seems so tough and resilient she never demanded the attention.)
She's had the odd coat of paint brushed over some worn areas and not matched to the original colours either!!
I'm after some advice as to whether to attempt to bring it back to original colour scheme by sanding and painting over the gelcoat or repainting and devising my own color scheme. Currently the hull is nice with a 3 year old white gelcoat restoration. The cabin and deck area is beginning to craze so I want to save it as early as possible.
Is painting with marine paint onto the f/glass finish acceptable?
She is originally white hulled (fully) with a light blueish/green upper deck and cabin. Interior was the mottled beige/grey fibreglass spatter but has been painted in most areas with a BRIGHT pale blue (sky blue) finish like solar guard or similar.
I'd like to repaint the horizontal deck surfaces in a clean mid blue and the cabin and vertical side sections in white. The interior will be looked at afterwards to compliment although my preference is to boat carpet the interior vertical floor panels on the sides and use a removable single section for the entire floor panel.
I'll post some current pics once I figure out how and where to post in this forum.