23
Mar
09

Feather Craft Vagabond Part Five: In the buff…Part Duex…

The buffing continues…on and on…and on…

I am using the Nuvit Grade 9 coarse compound to get rid of most of the corrosion that has been laid upon this old vessel over the last 50-plus years.  Some of it is deep rooted.  Some is just not going to go away.  I am fairly certain that this boat had been left in the water at some point, thus causing permenant corrosion to the sides of the stern below the spray rail.

She also has many “beauty marks” and scars that may never be gotten rid of.  Some call it character. Some other things.  I just find it annoying…so I will try to minimize its appearance as much as possible.

That brings us to today’s work.  More buffing.

I decided to try out a 3M wool compounding bonnet.  Very chic..

I decided to try out a 3M wool compounding bonnet. Very chic..

 

 

 

 

After a little jig...off to the backyard to buff the boat.

After a little jig...off to the backyard to buff the boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bottom and side from the bow to two thirds of the way back to the stern is now compounded using coarse compound.

The bottom and side, from the bow to two thirds of the way back to the stern, is now compounded using coarse compound.In this photo, it is obvious how compounding the aluminum makes a difference.

Coumpounding the aluminum is done to get rid of the corrosion.  However if this were a new vessel, the aluminum would have to handled in much the same way straight from the mill before polishing.
A closer look at the aluminum.  You can see the swirls left behind by the coarse grit.

A closer look at the aluminum. You can see the swirls left behind by the coarse grit.

This side view show what a dramatic difference there is between the acid washed aluminum and the buffed and polished aluminum.

This side view show what a dramatic difference there is between the acid washed aluminum and the buffed and polished aluminum.

Finally a split view of the before and after fromthe bow-on perspective.

Finally a split view of the before and after fromthe bow-on perspective. Look at all those swirls in the aluminum!!

And that is where the 1955 Feather Craft sits today.  More buffing tomorrow, followed by a rainy forecast for Wednesday, and hopefully more buffing later in the week.

Thanks for checking in!

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