Hows it goin everyone? Hopefully someone from the decking thread will come to help me along.
I got the whole outside of the boat finished, back to beautiful aluminum. Just need to seal the water line seam, paint, deck and carpet.
I am currently working on cleaning the inside of the boat. My intentions were to use a self etching primer for bare aluminum spots. After that i was going to paint inside with trunk paint. Its a gray automotive paint that is speckled with white for a clean look. Not exactly sure the best way to seal inside of boat. It leaks pretty bad and i was wanting to seal it completely.
Should I just rough up existing paint (seems to be holding real well) And use 3m 5200 directly over seam and rivits? I will be carpeting and decking and want to make sure boat is 100 percent leak free before i begin the decking process.
For the external lap joint, i was going to use a syringe to squeeze a fine bead of 3m 5200 inside. Ive already lifted the seam to get in there as much as possible. After that i was going to put another filler pass for extra sealant. For the rivits, i was hoping the 3m 5200 on the inside of the boat would seal that. This way i can keep boat external looking good. Not too worried about all the sealant on the inside of the boat as i will be carpeting and painting. Most will be covered by deck anyway.
I will also be sealing around the transom to hull joints...inside and out. Same sealant.
A few other questions...
When decking from the middle seat to the front of the boat, whats the best way to do this? I plan on hinging a few spots to stuff junk in there. Also how to support the deck where it meets aluminum at the front of the boat. Should i rivit in some ledger angles?
Im currently making two aluminum transom gussets to replace the one factory made gusset that has cracked out. I was thinking two would be better than one. Where is the best place to place these? Would two be better than one, allowing for a larger motor? What transom mods can be done to ensure safety with a larger motor? I think boat is rated 10hp, i plan on going 15. I was going to copy how the transom boards were done from factory...not sure what kind of wood to use. I will be treating all wood with a few heavy coats of spar urethane.
I was also thinking, should I add an extra layer of aluminum to the transom? Wrap the back and around the two 90 deg. brakes at the top of the transom? Would this be worth the work?
Here are a few pictures of what I am trying to achieve....