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Step Plates and Nav Light Fixture

2009.10.10

When I first tore into this whole boat restoration thing, I polished the lousy pitted chrome off the nav light fixture and the step plate surrounds. But, instead of the aluminum I was hoping was under that chrome, it was the lousy zinc alloy garbage some folks call white metal. This summer, I left it bare and with just under a dozen outings, it was looking quite nasty, already.

So, On this beautiful, if rainy fall Saturday, I tore them off and painted them Metallic Silver with Enamel Clearcoat over top. While I was at it, I finally got around to making the actual Step Plates from a chunk of Mahogany Jon Conley gave me a couple of years ago, already.

The nav light lenses were also quite drab and faded. A little clear coat on them, spruced them right up, too.

When I was looking for a paint, I found a beautiful bronze looking color that would match my bronze cleats. But, just as I was preparing to pay for it, Aaron (god bless that little reading turd-muffin) noticed the paint was indoor only. Still, I'll keep my eye open and if I can find an exterior bronze like the one we didn't buy, I'll change the color to bronze. And maybe some day when my ship comes in, I'll just have them re-cast in real bronze.

Next, I need to do something about that pine rub rail. I don't suppose anyone out there has an 8' chunk of 1x6 mahogany they want to give me?


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