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    Posted: 01/31/2013 at 3:17pm
Ok new to PS forums so here goes:
 
We bought this party hut after looking for a year and ran across this one about a 5 hour drive one way from home. It was in pretty bad shape but the engine was good and just been serviced so we brought it home after making a good deal. The boating season was just about over here in NC and we only had one chance to take her out on the water. Other than the boat being in bad shape "looks" wise, it ran very well. That was the end of last year and now it has been sitting all winter calling my name!
Time for a rebuild!!!
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Welcome!  I have always loved the Party Huts.  We have a few members here that have rebuilt their Party Hut Pontoon boats, look through the rebuild sections and I'm sure you will find plenty of tips!  And be sure to keep the pictures coming!!!
Feel free to contact me for help on your project!

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That is a sweet ride right there!
I like boats. Wallis, Texas west of Houston.
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Where have I seen that toon's little brother?
This is how THE FLOATER looked in 08 when we got her.
She is starting to fade after 20 years the seats are waterlogged and starting to pop,'
so like you we are rebuilding this spring.
 
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Hey thanks!
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Nice! I like the name The Floater! Can't wait to see the after pics!
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Happy Ground Hog Day! Sounds like no shadow was seen,, come on spring!
Ok time for new posting, Got to love NC weather, wait a day and it will change this time of year. We had a few days last week in the 70's and then we had sleet and freezing rain so I took advantage of the nice days to take the boat apart down to the toons. Everything on this 30ft party hut needs to be redone. Carpet, decking, seats, walls in the galley and bathroom are shot and most of all the green carpet and canvas sides have got to GO!!
As you can see in the pics, the graphics are in bad shape, the toons have a heavy build up of stains.
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After removing everything, it took me two days by myself but I did have to call the neighbor over to help with the top deck,, heavy!
The deck screws were in such bad shape I had to grind the heads of each screw off to remove the plywood flooring. Side rails were not that bad to remove just a few bolts had to be drilled out.
Once I removed all the flooring I thought now would be a good time to get inside and clean the cross members and pontoons.
 
I went to my local marine store and bought some pontoon brite. Im not going to knock pontoon brite but it was not cheap and just wasn't strong enough to cut the heavy water stains even with lots of elbow grease. It worked great above the water line but not so much below. I call a friend of mine who manufacturers car wash soaps and cleaners who fixed me up with two gallons of secret blend that cleans aluminum. (not sure I can plug the info but if you would like to know, message me) I mixed half cleaner and water in a 25 oz. spray bottle and using a scotch pad the bottom stains wiped right off. See pics for before and after. It took no time to clean inside and outside of toons
 
 
 
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Weather turned cold again, time to move things into the shop. I removed the graphics, sanded the sides and painted.
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Now time to rebuild the walls for the galley and changing room.
 
I've read some other post on PS over the winter about people running into questions and problems on what to use to rebuild these walls.
So here is what I came up with trying to think outside of the box. I went down to my local Sign Supply distributor and bought 4x8 sheets of a product called Aluminum composite panels feature double-sided painted aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene core, making them rigid yet lightweight. Many colors available.
I bought 1/8th thick single sided sheets so I could scuff up the back when glued to my foam boards which I just picked up at lowes to give me my 1in. thickness when glues together. I used a combo of Liquid nails heavy duty and liquid nails panel & foam. I did a few test on diffrent glues.
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Looking at the log pics you just posted especially one that is "polished". I assume it "IS" polished AFTER you cleaned it?? WOW that really looks good. Surely the "secret cleaner" you mention did NOT make the end of the log look that good did it? LOL  Looks like you got a great start on your rebuild. Keep up the great work & keep us all posted on your progress. Don't forget WE LOVE PICS. Clap
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Thanks,
Yes after I cleaned them I gave them a good polishing. The cleaner helped out a TON in getting to that step. Almost a mirror finish! When the weather warms up a little I will get back out there and finish the polishing.
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I sent you a PM concerning the cleaner you used. LOOKS GREAT!! What did you use to polish the logs with? 
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Last night I worked on putting the walls together after letting the glue setup for a few days.
When we bought the boat most of this style comes or came with a galley, sink/cabinets etc. Ours did not! So Im having to start from scratch on putting this one together.
I wanted to put in a refrigerator like we had in our camper. I search craigslist and found a Norcold 3way refrigerator that did not work. I took a chance on a two hundred dollar investment and bought it. These things sell new for about 1200.00 bucks. I got it home took it apart and yes it did not work, so I did some testing on the control board and everything checked out to be ok. I made up a jumper wire and tripped the circuit board to reset it. It clicked, I plugged it in and to my surprise it works!
I did not have the heart to call the guy I bought it from and tell him.
So I set the walls for the galley in my shop and started mocking up the layout. I found a kitchen island cart at Big Lots that measures 16in x 40in which would fit perfect next to the refrig. Im going to have to do some mods to the cart to fit in a sink and the trim molding to fit flush with my walls. Also since I lost 2ft of wall space behind the refrig I had to move the window over from the original location.
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I got the polish from the same guy who makes the cleaner, its called Zephyr Pro 40 metal polish. Works great,, better than anything I have every used before!
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Was sanding the logs needed before applying the polish? I just found a place close by where I can buy it but was wondering if the logs needed to be "fine sanded" first. All I have learned so far is that once the logs are washed & cleaned you have to sand them smooth before you can polish them to look like yours do. It's something I have been wanting to do but I guess I am looking for an "easy way" to get it done which s probably "wishful  thinking" on my part. LOL I have read all the posts about "how to polish" using aricraft grade aluminum polish & from all I hear it's a "real bear" of a job. Not too sure if my shoulders would hold up doing 4 24 ft logs or not even using an electrical powered buffer. I've had operations on both shoulders & they don't do too well these days. Angry  I can only work for short periods of time before I have to rest. 
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Yes to get that mirror finish I sanded out any scratches on the pontoons with a 220 grit power sander then went back over it wet sanding till it is was nice and smooth when you wipe your hands across. You can feel it change under the sand paper as you go. Make sure you hose off the toons as you go. Then with a power buffer I applied the polish then buff. The more polish the clear it becomes and you see yourself smiling back until you look down the logs and see how much more you have to do! ahaha
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Well, I  guess that means I'm gonna be a while longer getting mine polished doesn't it? LOL But thanks for the information.

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Haven't been on in a while but have been doing some work on the party hut during the "nice weather days".
Removing the old graphics can be a pain but with the right tools it can make the job a little easy. My graphics have been on since 95 so they were way past time to be replaced. I work in the graphics industry and the trick to removing old cracked graphics is using lots of heat. A heat gun will do it but I prefer using a torch and a plastic chisel.
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wow, that looks like slow tedious work...i have to remove my old graphics  or replace the skin...might try that trick. 

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Since I had the decking off I went ahead and installed my fresh water tank for the galley. I used 4in pvc pipe and made it 22ft long. I attached it to the starboard side to off set some of the weight.
I found by adding an air relief valve to the pipe I could fill it to hold 24 gallons of fresh water. I added an on demand water pump to supply the sink and water hose for cleaning the catch of the day.
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Yes its one of those "rainy day" projects. It does take some time to remove the old stuff. You can find them at your local sign shops or sign supplier. They are very cheap and work great! One will go a long ways but I pick up a handful of them when I run out. Here is a link http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/915
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Redecking! I have waited a while to get to this point,, very excitied to see it come back together. Ordered my seam tape carpet glue kit from PS.
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Here is what my leds look like in the box. 100 little outdoor/indoor pods. these things are really bright!
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Here is what they look like installed.
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This kinda shows how bright they are, as you can see its still day light and they still give off the blue glow.
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You got your rebuild looking great so far Painkiller. I LIKE the fresh water tank idea. That is pretty COOL IMO. I also like those LED lights you have installed. Can you share where you got them? Keep the pics coming on your progress as you are going to wind up with a "nice pontoon" when you get done.
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Thumbs Up  ohhh nice looking eye candy....love the look
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