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Post Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:40 pm 
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I have been away from this site for some time, but know the experts at rebuilding are here. I ran across a Alum bass boat the other day that needs the floor and decks replaced. They are just plywood with carpet on top. I would like to put some type of coating/sealer on the new plywood before the new carpet. I'm not looking for a major project using cloth, just a quick coat or two of something to protect the wood.

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:07 pm 
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Epoxy is waterproof. Polyester resin is not.

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:44 am 
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Several options out there that are not plywood and are impervious to water manufactured for plywood applications. No coating or rot worries ever. Personally, If I was going to keep the boat I'd investigate that route. Good luck!

Example: http://www.boatoutfitters.com/coosa-com ... sa%20board

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:02 am 
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to water proof wood, epoxy will work. but, heres the big but, it will only work on marine plywood or kiln dried wood. regular wood from the box stores will not work here. the moisture in the wood will cause it to check over some time. how much time is anyones guess. at that point regular plywood would be just as good and a whole lot cheaper. your best bet would be to get ac exterior ply, resin coat it with polyester or vinlyester (better) and once the wood sucks up as much as it can put a layer of 1.5 oz mat over it. the mat is what will water proof the wood. then you can 5200 or screw it to your supports. if you screw you need to oversize the hole, fill it with resin, redrill for the hardware and install. pretty standard stuff..

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:08 pm 
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Just to add my two cents. Everybody knows about the plastic, PVC or just artificial what ever you call it wood, that Hd and Lowe's sells. Well you can't get this there sSa_cry4 . But if you go to a lumber yard that sells the artificial wood. You can buy it in 4 x 8 sheets and in most thickness's just like plywood. Now it will cost a lot more, but you only have to do the job once and it will last forever. Just screw it down with self tapping SST screws. I did some testing on it, to see if I could use it on my 222ccp deck instead of plywood and I put fiberglass on top of 5/8 and it held. I supported it over an 18” x18” 2x4 frame and used a 1" dia pin and applied pressure with a press. It easily held up to 200 lbs of pressure. I can buy it at my local lumber yard. But am still thinking about if I'll use it or not sCo_hmmthink . Soooooo that's my now 1 and a 1/2 cents. sAng_soapbox :mrgreen:

I guess I should have added this. One web page for this is www.American-plasticlumber.com it comes in different colors and from 1/16" thick to 1 1/2" thick and also home strength info on their site. :idea:

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:45 pm 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I called US Composites and they suggested Vinyl Ester resin for what I'm trying to do. He said it will be stronger than epoxy and completely waterproof. He also advised it doesn't cost as much as epoxy, and if I wanted to gel coat over it that would be the proper base. They said the only downside is it takes 24 hrs to dry. This boat I bought is a 1985 17' Sea Nymph with a 50HP Mercury and an nice galv trailer. Seller only asked $600.00 for it. Bought it without even checking the motor out. Fired it up today and it runs perfect. Started the second I cranked it, and had been sitting for a few years. I will have to run it in the lake after I get the flooring done.

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:11 pm 
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I've used vynil ester for a long time and for the reasons they gave you. But I don't think it is stronger then epoxy but just under it. On a scale on 1 to 10 , epoxy being 10 vynil would be 8.5 or maybe a 9. But any way you look at it, you can't go wrong with vynil ester. :605_thumbs_up:

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:55 pm 
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Hey Pig aren't you in Hernando or Hillsborough? If so go get 2 sheets of 5/8 or 3/4 Honeycome from FGCI its about the same cost. put a layer of 1708 on the back and 2 on top. No issued and your done. Use the VE stuff and call it done.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:29 am 
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I am in Hillsborough Co. but I already have the plywood and resin is on the way. I am sure there are better methods, but this is going to work for me. I don't need something that will last 50 years on a 1985 boat. I just want to cut the plywood coat it, and carpet it. This is not a boat that will be worth much when done so there is no sense in over doing it. I know when a fiberglass boat is rebuilt such as many on this site, they are worth serious money, this is not the case. A 17' Sea Nymph Aluminum boat is not worth more than $3000. with a good running engine. The engine checks out fine, and I am going to paint the boat before the deck is installed. I have used Interlux Perfection in the past, but will try Pettit Easypoxy this time with the proper primer.

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