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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 17 Aug 2021 01:58 #113708

That looks super cool.

I say this when I see a boat without a battery cover. Those lugs should be covered for safety. If something metal fell across both + and - lugs it could be an ugly turn out.

But it still is the coolest cover I have seen!
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 17 Aug 2021 01:54 #113707

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Wow that’s sleak! Nice
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 17 Aug 2021 01:51 #113705

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Here’s my CNC machined battery box with my CNC laser cut cover plate for the shutoff switch and bus bars. I added my Vagabond logo to the bottom of the cover plate. The design was done I Fusion360.



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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 15 Aug 2021 23:28 #113658

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I'm looking forward to seeing this boat too.  Great looking interior too.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 15 Aug 2021 19:56 #113655

Can't wait to see the six banger hanging off the back.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 15 Aug 2021 19:41 #113654

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Looking good with the floors.

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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 15 Aug 2021 12:10 #113652

Thanks for the extra info, I read up on this stuff And like it. Definitely will add this to my painting process.

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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 15 Aug 2021 03:06 #113646

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Alumiprep you apply (I like to use a spray bottle and wear a mask) and wait for it to etch the aluminium. You can actually see it go dull. Then you rinse it good with water.

With the Alodine if the parts are small you can submerge them, or otherwise you brush it on and keep wetting the surface for about 10 minutes. The aluminium will turn a slight gold color. Then you rinse that real good with water and dry everything.

If you don’t touch the surface again without gloves you shouldn’t have to do a degreaser wipe, but I always still do it just to be sure.

I did my Mercury motors with this process as well.
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 15 Aug 2021 02:55 #113645

Sweet! 

Is the Bondrite C-IC 33 Alumiprep and Alodine a surface prep "wipe down" or a spray you apply and leave?
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Jaques’ Vagabond I Restoration 15 Aug 2021 02:07 #113644

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Painting done
So this morning started with etching and conversion coating the aluminium to be painted. I used  Bondrite C-IC 33 Alumiprep and Alodine. That combination gives you very good corrosion protection and really good paint adhesion. Then I did an epoxy primer followed with Wimbledon White single stage. Phew!



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