My First Foamie

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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:33 am

Looks comfortable already … 8)
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Postby Wolfgang92025 » Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:15 pm

looking good.... :thumbsup: :applause: 8)
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:04 pm

Wolfgang92025 wrote:looking good.... :thumbsup: :applause: 8)
GPW wrote:Looks comfortable already … 8)


Thanks!!!
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:23 pm

Once you start building things out of foam, it's hard to stop. I decided to use the scraps from my camper to start building my kayak.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:57 am

for more foam Kayak building info … https://www.facebook.com/Rowerwet/
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:10 am

The kayak is coming a little faster than the camper.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:25 am

ST , Great idea for a Yak from foam scraps …. Nothing goes to waste !!! … and with some carving and sanding you can make a really beautiful boat for very few bucks !!! :thumbsup: 8)
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:18 am

GPW wrote:ST , Great idea for a Yak from foam scraps …. Nothing goes to waste !!! … and with some carving and sanding you can make a really beautiful boat for very few bucks !!! :thumbsup: 8)

It's starting to look very boat-like. I may be more excited about this than I am the camper.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:53 pm

WOW!!! Look how Nice that is !!! :thumbsup: 8) :applause:
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:43 am

GPW wrote:WOW!!! Look how Nice that is !!! :thumbsup: 8) :applause:


Thanks, but now I need your painting expertise. I'm using a high gloss exterior paint, but I'm having issues with cracking. Could this be because I'm not giving the paint enough time to cure, or could I be using the wrong paint?
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:49 am

Sounds like you’re putting paint over wet paint that hasn’t had time itself to cure …
Latex paint is curious , It works easy, dries quick all that but in actuality It can take a week or more to properly cure … I know nobody is going to like that news , but if you think about it , if you paint over uncured paint , you have two different drying rates happening :o … a trick the crafters use to get an age cracked antique finish is to apply paint over a layer of not completely dried white wood glue, which dries slower than the paint, so the paint dries quick, remembering it contracts as it dries , a fast drying finish over a slow one , makes the most beautiful antique age cracks … and if you let the glue dry for a couple weeks , then paint over it , it won’t crack at all ..

The idea is with both drying due to exposure to the air , the top film dries quicker , contracts , becomes stable …while the slower drying under layer (less air exposure) is still contracting taking the dry upper film with it = cracking … capisce?

The test , stick your fingernail into the dried paint , if it leaves a dent , it’s still not “cured” …
Painting and covering should be an unhurried process…
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby stharding1836 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:55 am

GPW wrote:Sounds like you’re putting paint over wet paint that hasn’t had time itself to cure …
Latex paint is curious , It works easy, dries quick all that but in actuality It can take a week or more to properly cure … I know nobody is going to like that news , but if you think about it , if you paint over uncured paint , you have two different drying rates happening :o … a trick the crafters use to get an age cracked antique finish is to apply paint over a layer of not completely dried white wood glue, which dries slower than the paint, so the paint dries quick, remembering it contracts as it dries , a fast drying finish over a slow one , makes the most beautiful antique age cracks … and if you let the glue dry for a couple weeks , then paint over it , it won’t crack at all ..

The idea is with both drying due to exposure to the air , the top film dries quicker , contracts , becomes stable …while the slower drying under layer (less air exposure) is still contracting taking the dry upper film with it = cracking … capisce?

The test , stick your fingernail into the dried paint , if it leaves a dent , it’s still not “cured” …
Painting and covering should be an unhurried process…
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I ended up sanding it down and repainting it. It turned out pretty well, but now I’ve decided to go over it with a couple coats of spar varnish to harden it up a little more.
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Re: My First Foamie

Postby GPW » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:04 am

You may want to leave it a couple weeks as it takes that long for Latex paint to really harden … Just sayin’ ... :thinking:
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