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Stoppani

Postby Oblio » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:37 pm

Stoppani are of course very happy with the loyal Riva owners that will always want the "original"finish, however technology has advanced a lot, nobody will glue a bottom with a cotton strip anymore For instance, i am currently on the verge of revarnishing a stripped junior and cannot decide on the system i will put on, the original stoppani 24 layer system or an epoxy 2 layer and 3 layer finish, or anything inbetween.
Everybody has a different opinion and that does n,t help in my decision.
I have plenty of time to do the job but i do not want to redo it in 5 years.
Please advise.
I hear that "de ijssel" will give a georgeous finish that will last.
One more BIGGIE how do i apply the stoppani colouring paste without making an orange boat.
I just put a new bottom on my boat and had the engine overhauled so i want it to be A-OK.
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Re: Stoppani

Postby Don Ayers » Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:44 pm

Tim;

I am not knowledgeable enough to comment but you are right to do some research before doing it.

Over here some use Awlgrip product rather than epoxy.

http://www.awlgrip.com/awlgrip-home.aspx
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Re: Stoppani

Postby bjornbakken » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:17 pm

This is new territory for me as well. And I guess, for good reasons, the pro's won't tell us amateurs how to do it.

Regarding the Stoppani mahogany paste, I've learned that the paste is thinned 50% with 911 thinner before application. Please shout out if I'm way off on that, not sure I want a "Veuve Clicquot" Florida :-)

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Re: Stoppani

Postby Don Ayers » Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:27 pm

Bjorn;

Your Florida is a early model and would have originally been varnished with traditional material. It was not until the mid 1960's that Riva changed over to the two-part finishes.

My AR is from 1959 so I used traditional Varnish from Epifanes

http://www.epifanes.com/

Much easier to deal with.

By the way, I have heard that the Stoppani stain is not easy to use. With traditional varnish you can use a off-the-shelf paste filler stain.

In my case we had original parts of my boat and others of the same era and we custom matched it to retain the original look.
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Re: Stoppani

Postby bjornbakken » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:31 am

Thank you very much for that information Don. I learn new things everyday. Now the challenge to find a good filler stain here in Scandinavia. Epifanes is no problem.

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Re: Stoppani

Postby Don Ayers » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:28 pm

Bjorn;

I did a lot of testing on the available stains and am glad to share with you.

What is your time frame? How long before you need to start staining?
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Re: Stoppani

Postby bjornbakken » Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:09 pm

Don:

It will be another 2 months or so. Will have the new bottom done, painted and the boat rolled over by end of January. Appreciate your help.

Thanks again.

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