14ft Lowe v front boat

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14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by jcwilliams » 17 Mar 2019, 18:02

New to boats and new to the forum.

Purchased this boat a complete mess. Trying to get it done so I can enjoy it this year.

I'm onto the bottom of the boat been sanding and prepping all day.

What's the best way to seal the seams? I pulled all the old caulking out when I was sanding.

Thanks

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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 17 Mar 2019, 19:15

Usually what I do at this point is to put the boat on horses, solid ones and put the hose in it. That will show you if and where any leaks are. Then you can rebuck rivets and use a product if necessary. It's not usually necessary to "caulk" seams unless there is a serious problem. I like the shape of that hull, it's going to be a sharp looking boat.

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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by jcwilliams » 17 Mar 2019, 19:41

Weldorthemagnificent wrote:Usually what I do at this point is to put the boat on horses, solid ones and put the hose in it. That will show you if and where any leaks are. Then you can rebuck rivets and use a product if necessary. It's not usually necessary to "caulk" seams unless there is a serious problem. I like the shape of that hull, it's going to be a sharp looking boat.

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Ok thanks for the info. Also would you use like a truck bed coating on the bottom?
Was thinking it would hide imperfections and help seal...

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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 17 Mar 2019, 23:12

I prefer a bare aluminum bottom because anything you paint it with winds up scratched and looks crappy after a season or two. Usually if there's a leak, it's only one or two rivets and often rebucking takes care of it. If not you can use many different products from a couple drops of super glue to JB weld or 3m 5200. Shouldn't have to coat an entire bottom.

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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by jcwilliams » 18 Mar 2019, 21:44

Just got done sanding the best I could. Got it back on the trailer. Tonight fill with water this week and see what I got. Thanks for the info.

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14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by water bouy » 19 Mar 2019, 12:11

Maybe a few inches of water can be rolled around to check for leaks so you don't have to fill it up and stress the hull.
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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 19 Mar 2019, 17:56

That's how I do it. Good point. I just put a couple inches of water in, let it sit, tilt it....

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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by jcwilliams » 21 Mar 2019, 20:32

Had some leaks cleaning it up now and going to seal it up. Am I wasting my time with prepping the bottom before I seal it up? Pics attached using a wire brush to get this mess cleaned up so I can roll it after I seal it.
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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by nccatfisher » 22 Mar 2019, 13:10

jcwilliams wrote:
Weldorthemagnificent wrote:Usually what I do at this point is to put the boat on horses, solid ones and put the hose in it. That will show you if and where any leaks are. Then you can rebuck rivets and use a product if necessary. It's not usually necessary to "caulk" seams unless there is a serious problem. I like the shape of that hull, it's going to be a sharp looking boat.

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Ok thanks for the info. Also would you use like a truck bed coating on the bottom?
Was thinking it would hide imperfections and help seal...

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The absolute last thing you want to do is use bedliner on the bottom. One it will eventually turn loose and two you will be surprise just how much drag it will have and the rusultant effect it will have on speed.

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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by jcwilliams » 22 Mar 2019, 22:30

What type of paint and sealer do I use?
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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by LDUBS » 23 Mar 2019, 00:19

jcwilliams wrote:What type of paint and sealer do I use?
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Are you talking about sealing the seams/rivets? If yes, I've seen videos of a product called GFLEX being syringed into seams that have been heated. Same for rivets. Heat is used to help the GFLEX epoxy wick into the seam. I've not done it so I'm kind of passing on second hand info here. Another product I've read about folks using is Gluvit.

BTW, I agree with NCCatfisher's comment -- don't use bed liner on the bottom of your boat. As far as I'm concerned don't use it anywhere on your boat.
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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by jcwilliams » 23 Mar 2019, 08:28

Thanks for the info. I'll get one of those products and just paint the bottom.

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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by LDUBS » 23 Mar 2019, 12:28

jcwilliams wrote:Thanks for the info. I'll get one of those products and just paint the bottom.

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The product websites have info on intended use and proper use. Hopefully someone here on TB will chime in. If not, you should be able to find "how to" videos fairly easily on the internet.
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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by jcwilliams » 01 Apr 2019, 19:55

Got the bottom cleaned up. ImageImage

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Re: 14ft Lowe v front boat

Post by jcwilliams » 07 Apr 2019, 09:17

Went with the aluminum paint didn't turn out bad I don't think.
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