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ok well i bought the boat. a 2 hp honda fourstroke and an electric trolling motor.

The guy said it was a solid boat no leaks... well good thing we were at his camp with the lake 10 feet away. he was confident it didnt leak and well it did pretty badly. so he knocked a few hundred off the price and i was on my way. i started to research how to fix aluminum boats.. i heard of the "bucking" technique and seam sealer, but i came across this Gluvit stuff on a few fourms and people had good things to say about it. I looked to buy some and the closest place i could find was Marine Outfitters in Ontairio (i live in Nova Scotia) it was not cheap $95.44 taxes in plus shipping.

So first i grinded all the rivits on the bottom of the boat with a wire wheel till they were shiny smooth:

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Then once i had all the rivits down to bare metal i started with the 2 part Gluvit:

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Here is the boat with the Gluvit on all seams and rivets:

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After i used the Gluvit i took it for a test run and not a single leak in it.. the product worked perfectly and would totally recommend it to anyone with the same leaky problems. all i would do differently is mix half a can of the 2 part because i ended up wasting it because it got solid in about 90 mins when i went to put a second coat on... oh well live and learn.

So i started ion the transom. because as you can see it was not in great shape. I cut the inside and the outside of the transom out of birch plywood (i used birch because thats the only hardwood plywood i had laying around)

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OK now ready for Paint.... i made a mistake and bought camp green primer. which i found out later doesnt match at all with the camo colors from Krylon spray paint. here is what it looked like "primed" (with the wrong color)

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OK then there was the Camo..... i am not artistic whatsoever and i scoured the internet looking for ways to camo things. I started by practicing on a paddle for the boat and i did different variations of it.. this is also where i found that the 2 colors camp green and camo green are totally different you can see the contrast and i had to start with the beige camo as the base color.

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So once i got comfortable with spraying the paddle i thought i would give it a go on the boat. remember i had to use the base color as Beige Krylon camo spray paint because then every color on top of it stands out. (i had a few trials with the paddle to realize this which is why i recommend trying on anything other then your boat first.)

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Then i painted the transom.. i used a clear coat on top to protect the wood a bit better

http://http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae305/J-Mo17/Aluminum%20boat%20Project/IMG_20160728_144738.jpg

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After the bottom of the boat was done i bought 2 camo seats at canadian tire with the clamp mount. totally worth the money if you ask me.

http://http://i982.photobucket.com/albums/ae305/J-Mo17/Aluminum%20boat%20Project/IMG_20160728_155831.jpg

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well i hope this can help someone i have no experiance whatsoever about fixing boats or painting but i thought i could show you what i did and hope to hear some ideas or changes i should have done. i am considering buying leaky boats fixing them up and selling them. i guess you got to start somewhere.
 

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this is my first post and i suck at adding files so please forgive me i am a newb to fourms
 

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Really nice job, especially for a first effort. You should be very proud of yourself. I would definitely purchase a reconditioned boat done by you.

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