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dtm8119

Finally got around to fixing my windshield frame

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dtm8119

With day 1 of a forecasted 5 day rain event taking place, felt like a good time to finally fix my windshield. A known issue on 2002 and older Taylor windshields, the cover tends to wear the paint off the cap that goes around the perimeter. Thought about having it powder coated but decided to strip the remaining paint with steel wool & acetone after seeing the results a others (LS-One) had doing this.

The project went pretty well except for a small crisis situation when some of the old paint mixed with acetone got on the vinyl ;) Got that cleaned up quickly!

Also got the vinyl cleaned and conditioned. Tomorrow's goal - get the carpet vacuumed and shampooed :)

Sorry for the crappy garage/low light pics!

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GreenMan

Much better! :)

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inlandlaker

Looks great!

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pook77

that cleaned up really nice.

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toddthelineman

It might not turn out as good, but I'm going to do this too. Anything is better than all that chipped paint.

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Asmodeus2112

Hey, very cool. I'm about to do this to my 2001, nice to see your pics before I go for it as well. I figure I can live with it for a while, and if I don't like it I can easily just get it powder coated. I know you just did it, but do you think you will like it for the long run?

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Asmodeus2112

It might not turn out as good, but I'm going to do this too. Anything is better than all that chipped paint.

aint that the truth. Brings the whole boat down.

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That Guy

Looks great! More info on how to and such? Any idea if this would work on my 96 Sunsetter?

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REW

looks great, that might just make the winter todo list, i like the way it makes the boat look.

anyone ever strip the paint off an old swoop tower?

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dtm8119

Hey, very cool. I'm about to do this to my 2001, nice to see your pics before I go for it as well. I figure I can live with it for a while, and if I don't like it I can easily just get it powder coated. I know you just did it, but do you think you will like it for the long run?

I think I will really like it! Still need to get some polish on there to make it shine up a bit more.

I was thinking the same thing...if I don't like how this turns out I can always pull the windshield off and get it powder coated.

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dtm8119

Looks great! More info on how to and such? Any idea if this would work on my 96 Sunsetter?

My process was:

- Tape off areas on the windshield that I did not want to strip paint off of

- Cover up vinyl around the area to protect from drips (didn't do the best job of this apparently as noted above!)

- Dab the area with acetone, and also get some on your fine steel wool

- Elbow grease...lots of it! Rub the paint off until you are happy with the results

And that's pretty much it! I'm not sure if your windshield is of the same construction as mine. Maybe you could post a close up picture of it and others could chime in as well?

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Timmay

Looks good. I just got my frame powder coated because it was chipping in several areas. What a pain to put it back together, but it does look really good now.

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Nitrousbird

I like it. Mine of course is chipping...not as bad as yours but I probably should do this at some point.

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ahopkinsVTX

Very nice! Looks good. Are you going to leave it as is after hitting it with metal polish?

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dtm8119

Very nice! Looks good. Are you going to leave it as is after hitting it with metal polish?

Yep that's the plan!

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mainekneeboarder

Looks great.

Hey, very cool. I'm about to do this to my 2001, nice to see your pics before I go for it as well. I figure I can live with it for a while, and if I don't like it I can easily just get it powder coated. I know you just did it, but do you think you will like it for the long run?

I did this a couple years ago but took the molding off and polished on a buffer, it holds up well. I usually hit it with some mothers polish a couple times a year by hand. Its far better then the chips even when it does get dull. Our cover is fair at best and scuffs the molding on long tows, thats when it looks the worst, but a little polish and it looks great again.

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Asmodeus2112

To follow up, I did this and am happy with it. Makes the boat look a lot better, and was not hard. Now, if eveyone with a boat in these vintages does this then it will become the standard, right? Bad pic, but you can get an idea of the results.

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dtm8119

Awesome, nice work!!

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