Things I have learned today

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by Socks, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. Socks

    Socks Member

    36
    Jan 7, 2019
    1983 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer.
    Twin 5.0L (305 ci) Mercruisers
    As the task of buffing and polishing my boat is winding down, I have learn I don't like the job!! I have now moved on to stripping. In just my 2nd day of stripping I have learned 3 things:

    1. Stripping isn't as easy as it looks.
    2. it's hard to make a straight line go in a curved direction.
    3. I suck at stripping

    I have added a picture of the progress so far. I would say it's not too bad given the fact that I have no idea what I'm doing. However, I am the only one that has to be satisfied with the out come. There are a few flaws if you look close enough. I'll just shoot anyone that tries to get that close :)

    My wife told me if I don't clean up my mess, she's going to hire someone to do it! I ask her, if she's going to hire someone, why didn't she just hire someone to strip the boat and save us both a lot of work. What she told me I could do with the boat -- is physically impossible :)

    I did put the name of the boat on the transom --- I think it's quite appropriate. stripping1.jpg Heart Attack (2).jpg
     
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  2. WV 320 Dancer

    WV 320 Dancer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    694
    Oct 28, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 320
    Twin 350 MAG - V Drive
    Need a bright sunny day so we can see that shine and send you accolades!!! Can’t tell anything about the stripe bit as we would say in the car world it is a good twenty footer so far!
     
  3. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
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    tiara in the snow 01.JPG
    Some of the secrets to putting stripes on a boat are to:have two people who have done a boat before; cut the stripe to a length greater than what you need; use lots of Windex so you can get things right and make adjustments; pull the backing tape off as you go; use a sharp razor blade to make your cuts; make the cuts on a wooden tongue depresser and not one the gel coat; and let the boat sit in the sun for 8-12 hours to cure. Also, never stretch the tape when doing the install. If you stretch it, it will fail prematurely.
     
  4. Socks

    Socks Member

    36
    Jan 7, 2019
    1983 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer.
    Twin 5.0L (305 ci) Mercruisers
    Dancer, that is all very good advise. Except for the part about having 2 experienced people, I did pretty much as you outlined. On the longer spans, I used masking tape to hold the stripping in line so i could work with it. This is my 1st stripping job on a boat, but I've worked with decals and pin stripping. I didn't say I was good at it, but I understand the process :)

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  5. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    296
    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    I can't help but smile. I know you are talking about striping, but it's really funny if you read it as stripping.
     
  6. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    tiara in the snow 01.JPG
    Having two people and a slippery surface makes getting the position a lot easier. Your adjustments can be made on one end or the other by a person pulling tape up or down to achieve the correct position in increments of several feet at a time without having to place the tape and then back up with it in position to see if it's in the right spot. Making small adjustments can result in a ragged look. Two experienced people working together minimizes that problem. The work is not all that difficult once you get the hang of it.
     
  7. Socks

    Socks Member

    36
    Jan 7, 2019
    1983 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer.
    Twin 5.0L (305 ci) Mercruisers
    yobub, I didn't notice that until now :) ==== But i will say, at my age, even stripping isn't as easy as it looks :) --- I was going to correct it, but can't find "Edit" --- Plus it would make your comment not make sense ---- so I'll just leave it. :)
     
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  8. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    970
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    The first secret is the only important one, and one which I will modify, slightly;

    have two people who have done a boat before, and pay them to do it.
     
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  9. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Yep, "stripping"is not as easy as it once was, but when you get there it's as good as it ever was...

    MM
     
  10. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    tiara in the snow 01.JPG I think some SRs may have at one time been built at a factory in Indiana where women did a lot of the stripe installations. The dealer who sold me my first SR (1979 Express) told me he watched the build process at that plant. Apparently, two experienced workers could install the water line stripes in about two minutes.
     
  11. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    tiara in the snow 01.JPG IMG_3891.JPG Lots of stripes.
     
  12. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    970
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    I see what you did there!
     
  13. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    304
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    I know what you mean about the striping I did my 77 Sundancer 240 srv a month ago and it was a bit challenging in some of the spots. The waterline stripes were easy as I had the lines from the old ones to follow and they still ended up a little wavy. I did my own design on the top and side ones and it turned out ok except I ran out of the red tape 5 feet short of finishing and had to order more. I noticed when doing some taping for a new cover yesterday that a stripe of 1/8" red had come loose so I will fix that in a couple days. I think you did a great job for a first timer.
     
  14. Zim

    Zim Active Member

    162
    Jan 16, 2018
    2012 Sea ray sundancer 310
    Twin merc
    I learned that stripping and running around the block naked is not tolerated much in my neighborhood.
     
  15. Express 390

    Express 390 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    220
    Sep 14, 2018
    South Shore of Long Island NY
    1986 SeaRay 390 EC
    Twin 454 Crusaders inboards 4 blades
     

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