Customer Highlight - Ryan Thompson

Posted by Sherfab on 8/29/2022 to Customer Highlight
Customer Highlight - Ryan Thompson

I’m a total DIY guy; I thrive off building and restoring anything I can get my hands on. From welding to carpentry to electrical, thanks to you guys at Sherfab, I can lay fiberglass and shoot gel coat.

I bought my first boat during covid when I was bored out of my mind and had no idea what to look for. I wasn’t too pleased with the flat bottom style boats; after searching for weeks for a project, I stumbled across this 1983 Eliminator Monaco that needed a full restoration.

After a new floor and stringers, I still wasn’t happy with it, so I started researching how to shoot gel coat, and the guys on the SocalJetBoats Facebook group recommended I buy all my products from Sherfab.

I shot 5 gallons of Lillyram mixed with Prestec Hi-gloss additive and an additional 2 gallons of straight Prestec to give it an insanely glossy look. Like most DIY guys, I was on a budget, so I used a cheap Harbor Freight HVLP gun and 3Ms disposable PPS system to make cleaning the gun between batches as easy as possible.

It only needed a light block sanding with 1000, 3000, and 5000 to get it flat, but it was a breeze and saved me so much money doing it myself. I plan on starting a YouTube channel, and all my future restorations and projects will be on there cause YouTube is pretty limited when it comes to shooting gel coat and boat restorations.

Next Project: The plan is to flip this boat and pick up an Eliminator Dayton and do a full restoration on it!

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