Refinishing Vitracore Panels

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Jacob, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Jacob

    Jacob New Member

    228
    Sep 30, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    1998 Bayliner 4788 (sold).
    1999 Sea Ray 480 DB (sold)
    2005 Grady-White Marlin 300
    Yamaha F250's
    Our factory salon table was fabricated with a vitracore top and solid cherry bull nose edges. The table developed several cracks in the acrylic finish but the faux wood grain underneath was still ok. I contacted John Devolites at Restoration Marine regarding suitable sheets of "Nuvacore" and he quoted a price which, when combined with shipping, was sufficiently high to give me pause. I asked him about refinishing the surface with two part epoxy and he saw no reason why it shouldn't work. "If it didn't work, I was only out the cost of the epoxy". Good advice, so I decided to give it a try.

    I sanded the entire surface and edges with 220 grit until the two cracks in the existing surface were almost flat to the touch. I didn't want to take too much material away for fear of penetrating down to the faux wood grain.

    I applied at least a 2 mil coat of Rustoleum Stoneffects 2-part clear epoxy to the top and a somewhat thinner coat to the bullnose edge. I used half a $50 kit which is supposed to cover 32 sq ft. It is amazing how well this material flattens out. The two cracks can't be seen in the gloss surface but do appear as a thin dark line which is easily mistaken for wood grain. Here is the result:

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    It will be interesting to see if any further cracks appear in the original finish. I`m hoping the new epoxy will prevent this from happening. It seems to have developed a good bond with the old surface.

    You have to be impressed by a guy like John, who gives honest advice knowing that a lost sale is likely to result. I have made purchases from Restoration Marine in the past, and certainly wouldn't hesitate to give them business in the future.

    Jacob
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  2. almostenuff

    almostenuff New Member

    475
    Sep 18, 2010
    Cape Coral, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 390 Sundancer
    2002 SeaSwirl 2301 WA
    T-380 Cummins
    F225 Yamaha
    I have a couple of deep gouges in my table, one that is 3/8" wide by 3" long
     
  3. Bridog

    Bridog Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL
    Previous 220SD, 260DA, 300DA
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    Looks great!
     
  4. Quint4

    Quint4 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    That looks amazing. I love projects that are inexpensive, involve a little elbow grease, and yield superb results.
     
  5. Jacob

    Jacob New Member

    228
    Sep 30, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    1998 Bayliner 4788 (sold).
    1999 Sea Ray 480 DB (sold)
    2005 Grady-White Marlin 300
    Yamaha F250's
    If the faux wood grain is not damaged, you likely can repair it. I would fill the gouge with epoxy and after it has cured, sand it even with the rest of the surface. Then I would sand the entire table surface and apply epoxy to the whole table.
     
  6. Pyrojodge

    Pyrojodge Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2011
    Lake Erie Ohio
    1989 Sea Ray 340 DA
    twin 454 Mercs
    Jacob, the table does look great!!! Thanks for sharing with us... Gives me some ideas for other projects!:grin:
     

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