restoration Mirror with original name ..Mirror


I have a mirror since a year. I bought it second hand and had a leak immediately when I started using it, but didn't get much response from the previous owner. I made a temporary fix and bought a small pump for that season.
I finally found some time and motivation to fix and restore it.

Soms nails came loose, and one glassmat I could scrape off a bit too easy, so I guess I will restore it thoroughly instead of just some parts. The leakage is around the daggerboard box.

Some images:

Would you remove the daggerboard box or fill these parts (seems a bit rotten also, the black bit)?

My plan now is
1) sand till bare wood (so also the glass mat, because it is all dry) + take the keel band off (but I see there's only an alloy replacement available)
2) fill where needed OR replace daggerbox + put some new brass panel pins (they came loose, si I fill the old holes and make new ones or?)
3) seal with epoxy and glass where needed - is glass tape better then glass mat?
4) repaint and varnish (and change the name)

sorry for these questions, I am an absolute noob and have been reading a bit, but I stay a bit insecure!
Thank you!

PuffinInTegel's picture

Those are difficult questions. The photos are not very specific. I would only remove the daggerboard case if there is a lot of rot around it. The keelband looks OK to me.
Have you seen my description of the effort involved, on pages 3-5 of ?
One problem is deciding whether to use epoxy or polyester resin to fix the taping, as both were used for assembling Mirrors at various times, and I'm not sure whether they agree and adhere to one another. On bare wood, I'd use epoxy as I have done. But to patch my taping, I've used polyester as that's what my boat was assembled with (the smell gives it away, when I remove paint with a hot-air pistol).
I tried putting your püictures up here but it doesn't work. Cloud infrastructures don't let links work (I have tried with Telekom's Magenta Cloud without success).
Greetings from Berlin,
Gernot H.

Matt-LonghouseLife's picture

It all looks eminently restorable, although the images are not super clear. :)

You can use epoxy over polyester resin. The key is to provide a good 'key' (surface) to glue to. I've had no issue doing this with my own boat.

All the seams would originally have been glass taped, you can do this again on the inside of the boat. Just ensure to take back all surfaces so they are free from any loose, greasy or dusty material. If you have small areas of wood that have been affected by water, check to see how sound they are - it might be that with indoor dry storage for a few weeks they will dry out to the point of being able to saturate with unthickened epoxy (MAS epoxy has two versions one for gluing and one for coating/penetrating).

If you are using a trailer and launching trolley and NOT car-topping I would cover the external hull with 4oz cloth - again after taking back all paint etc to the bare wood (doesn't have to be perfect). The boat will be heavier overall afterwards though.

The Brass Keelband looks quite good condition. Is it all present - fore, aft, either side of the dagger board slot..? Remove. Once you have restored the hull and painted etc re-attach with new screws. The brass itself will clean up with sandpaper.

Instead of varnish look for 'International Woodskin' - easier to apply and reapply, mat finish however. Much simpler and easier than dealing with varnish...

PuffinInTegel's picture

Hello all experts ...
Here are Juut's pictures, as they were shared, I've copied them so that I can link them here:
Keel band
Puncture (?)
and Rot (or not?)
Thanks about the confirmation epoxy/polyester, I've been unsure about the subject as I have just stripped Puffin's hull and have to tack down the edges of tape (glued with polyester) in two places where I applied heat a bit too long, as well as to fill one or two cracks along the old gunwale. I didn't really want to have to invest in two different kinds of resin kits which would end up sitting 90% unused in the garage for the next ten years or so.
I wish you success , Juut!.
Gernot H.