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The weather here in Oklahoma has been warm enough to start my rebuild. Got two days in and alot acomplished. Still having trouble getting the baked on graphics of my railings, but other than that everything is going smooth as can be. I am restoring a 1983 Polar Craft 24' pontoon boat. This boat was my grandfather's and has been a source of enjoyment for the whole family for years. That being said, it is really showing it's age. I plan to strip the boat down to the deck and build it back up. I have purchased all of my seats and parts from pontoonstuff.com and they have been a great company to work with.
 
The boat has been used primarily for jug fishing and trolling, but I am turning it in to a touring boat to give rides to my parents, grandparents, and extended family. The idea is to create the ultimate party cruiser on a teacher's budget. So far I am right on schedule...
 
 
 
 


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Welcome Jeff. Can you tell us more about your rebuild (Make, Model, Plans on how you will use it) and post a few pics of your progress? Always like to see them from start to finish if possible. You might do a search on here for removing decals or graphics. Many have done the same and it should help out.
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Thanks for adding the info Jeff. Sounds like a labor of love that should bring great times in the future. And at 34', it should have plenty of room for family and friends..Smile
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Thanks Rick, I am resizing so more images to post. I have looked at some of the suggestions for decal removal, but they are really being stubborn. I am giong to borrow a heat gun tomorrow and see what that does. So far, I tried my wifes hair dryer and packing tape, acetone, and sanding. Paint is all gone now, but the decals are not going to give easily.
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Have you tried one of those rubber wheel decal removers that you put in your drill? Kinda like a big eraser. Others swear by them. I'm gonna change the topic of you rebuild to show what you're rebuilding..Wink
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   Welcome to the site it looks like a good candidate for a rebuild ! As far as removing old vinyl graphics I can tell you it's alot of work. Having done both removal and repaint, then a reskin of the fence pannels so I can tell you it's easier just to replace. Pontoon stuff is a great place to get a roll of new aluminum. It's relatively inexpensive and goes much faster than removal and paint IMO.
A heat gun on the back side and a putty knife to work the vinly off works well but you still have to deal with the glue left behind. The glue is the hardest part to get off. If you can find it 3M adhesive remover works well and the goof off pro is decent also.
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I've use this adhesive remover before and it works great. Worth a shot..
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I am seriously looking at the new panels. You only live twice! Once at work and once at the lake. Got alot more work done today, but rain tomorrow. I'll be hot on it next weekend.



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I got some goof off in the garage. I am going to try that and see what happens.
Today's progress...
 


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You're off and running...Thumbs Up
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Looking good. As a builder I can't help but keep my eyes on your fenceSmile Looks like its beefed up with more runners than normal but the pickets are narrower. Looks like a great job there
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Oklahoma=Big storms=Super strong fence...Hummm..
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We get some big storms here in LA but we are more joiners than fighters. We tend to build back quickly LOL
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Hey Brian, my wife and I are Southern California ex-patriots so experiencing the 4 seasons here in Oklahoma is new to us. I moved here to finish my graduate program and teach high school English and Creative Writing. We have 6 major lakes here in the Tulsa area within an hours drive. If you like the outdoors and the water Oklahoma is the place to be. We do miss the ocean and the mountains though.
 
As for the fence in the background... It is 10 feet tall and steel reinforced. I designed it with two sixteen foot gates for easy access. The fencing contractor was hesitant to take on the project, but I assured him that good fences make for good neighbors. Ha Ha
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Originally posted by Teachers_Pet Teachers_Pet wrote:

As for the fence in the background... It is 10 feet tall and steel reinforced. I designed it with two sixteen foot gates for easy access. The fencing contractor was hesitant to take on the project, but I assured him that good fences make for good neighbors. Ha Ha


I like the looks of that fence too. I just put up a 6ft high PVC fence around my entire yard. 486ft worth of fence but it gives me the privacy we wanted & sure beats the old split rail/dog wire fence that was getting too old.

You also got a nice looking project going on there too. You will enjoy every minute of it like the rest of us have done. Keep the pictures & progress coming. We LOVE pictures.  Plenty of folks to help out with free advice & I'm sure if the BBQ & something to wash it down with are offered there might be some physical help offered as well. Clap


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Originally posted by Teachers_Pet Teachers_Pet wrote:

I moved here to finish my graduate program and teach high school English and Creative Writing.
 
High school English teacher here too. Smile Looking forward to spending Summer exploring lakes in AR and possibly going to Broken Bow, OK as well. I haven't even been out on the new boat yet, but I'm seriously trying for this weekend.
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Great! Teachers should hang with other teachers. This is my 4th year teaching and I cannot wait to get on some of these lakes around here. We should see if other members want to get together in the Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri area and meet up. We went to lok at the launch ramps at Beaver Lake two weeks ago and it was crystal clear beauty with clean camprounds and docks. Around here we go to Keystone (a muddy lake), Skiatook Lake (clear water), and Ten Killer Lake (clear also).
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The Wheel Project
 
Worn out from years in the sun. A little sanding and stain recycle this wheel into
20 more years of service.


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Was going to ditch this wheel for a new modern looking one, but I decided to clean her up, sand her, stain her, then spar varnish the wheel. Cool little side project for the boat rebuid.
Glad I decided to keep this wheel. It turned out really neat! Tongue

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The finished wheel! Recycled and going to look great on the rebuilt boat.
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Awhile back I was asking for advice about some sun baked vinal stripes on my side rails. After many attempts nothing seemed to work. Rubber wheel, goof-off, gasoline, acetone. Then I remembered an epoxy and pain remover I used on another boat project. After I brushed this stuff on, the decals immediately came off. I finished all of my rails in 45 minutes. Applied remover, brushed off with drill like it was never there. Washed up with soap and water after. Let dry. then applied acetone to remove the left over paint. Quick and easy. Here are some pics of the process.
The problem..Baked on pinstripe
The solution...paint and epoxy remover
Brush it on...looks like elephant snot
 
Drill with brush takes that stubborn stuff right off without damaging the soft aluminum undernieth
 
After one pass with the drill...
Soap and water clean up, then an acetone wipe down removes all of the paint
 
Application to drill pass = 5 minutes for this long rail
Absolutely effortless and fast!


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Originally posted by rickdb1 rickdb1 wrote:

I've use this adhesive remover before and it works great. Worth a shot..
 
I picked up something similar and man did it work like a charm. Thanks Rick for the tip...
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Lookin good.  Good documentation of the decal removal.  That will be helpful to others.  Thumbs Up
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Sweet, I knew another 34' pontoon existed.  What stinks is everything (like covers) normally stop at 28 feet.

Great job thus far.  I like the steering wheel.
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Lookin Good! Let me know how the wiring harness works out!Beer
 
Thanks, the wiring harness and switch plate look plug and play. I will post my progess on that as soon as it stops raining here in Oklahoma.
 
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I know your painting the rails but did you happen to notice if the paint stripper had any discoloring affect on the aluminum rails? I have some THICK areas where the rubberized paint has built up on mine from painting the floor so many times over the years!......A little pre paint prep could have kept this from happening from the previous owner!
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First off, It looks like you have a great project going.  Good Luck with it!
 
Originally posted by Teachers_Pet Teachers_Pet wrote:

The finished wheel! Recycled and going to look great on the rebuilt boat.
 
Secondly, I can't beleive that you PAINTED those beautiful handles on your wheel!!!  They looked like mahogany or maybe teak!!!!!  What happened to the sanding, stain and Spar varnish???? LOL  Of course I am partial to natural wood!
 
Keep the progress going and the pictures coming!
 
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I'm with Dan on this one, I love the nautical look and feel of varnished teak.  LOL  I'm guessing that black tape on the wheel is to mark top dead center when the boat is going straight so maybe you can replace it with a nice turks head knot to give it that nautical flare.
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