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    Default Painting a half-hull

    I was given this half-hull has been in my family for years. It represents a wood Zip class sailboat that was owned and raced by my Aunt. I want to repaint it and I'm wondering if anybody has any tips on how to paint such thin tiny lines. Obviously there's blue painters tape, but is there anything else out there materials or techniques, that modelers use?...Thanks


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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    I think the quality of it is age, you may devalue it by repainting. How old is it?

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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    A forumite reccomended that i look for coachpainters fine line striping tape.
    I found this
    https://repaintsupply.com/3m-06314-s...tape-p262.html

    Which did the job
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    Quote Originally Posted by donsmarine View Post
    I think the quality of it is age, you may devalue it by repainting. How old is it?
    This is a very good point. The paintwork does look to be in good condition considering.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    I can remember visiting their house in the 60's and it was hanging on the wall. I never thought of it as being valuable....any idea what it might be worth?....or how I could get an idea of it's worth?
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    Quote Originally Posted by seadog99 View Post
    I can remember visiting their house in the 60's and it was hanging on the wall. I never thought of it as being valuable....any idea what it might be worth?....or how I could get an idea of it's worth?
    Thanks.
    According to this site, $200 or so
    https://www.skinnerinc.com/search.ph...ship&noredir=1
    It looks as though that model was made at the latest date engraved on the name plate, as they were still being built long after.
    http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=3710
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    It's def worth a few bucks....also, I noticed on the sailboat data site that the designer/builder was located in the same town that she lived in, Clinton Ct...great stuff...thanks!

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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    I have a few half models that are original in their finish. I stare at one that has a dirty spot on its topside. I might just use a bit of Mirror Glaze automobile polishing compound on it to remove the grime. I know, it would reduce its value, I don't like the dirty look. Mine has a wonky boot stripe as well but i might just leave that alone for the nostalgic look of not being made of plastic.

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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Greer View Post
    I have a few half models that are original in their finish. I stare at one that has a dirty spot on its topside. I might just use a bit of Mirror Glaze automobile polishing compound on it to remove the grime. I know, it would reduce its value, I don't like the dirty look. Mine has a wonky boot stripe as well but i might just leave that alone for the nostalgic look of not being made of plastic.

    The choice is yours.
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    A museum conservator would clean it with de-mineralised water and cotton wool.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    As they say in the car restoration world, "It's only original once". The choice isn't mine to make but I would suggest leaving it.

    The brownish patina looks quite a bit like tobacco smoke, you might be able to simply wash that off.
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    Default Re: Painting a half-hull

    Steve...great point...they were smokers in the early years....I'll give it a try.

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