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  1. Its disappointing that the kit would have me recreate the plank's incorrectly, but I think I will chalk it up to a learning experience and vow to do better next time.
  2. The included instructions had me pencil in the lines and dots before the shellac went on. I don't really want to completely refinish the deck, (unless you think its a good idea), so I will try and scrape/sand it off first, or ill try the Goof Off. Can you explain what you mean by "reconsider your planking length and butt spacing?" Again, I am just following instructions. Did I do something poorly?
  3. I have some follow-up questions if you don't mind... After I applied the double coat of shellac and let it dry, the next step was to glue the deck onto the "ribs," (I don't know what to call it). I had two problems: 1) I had to weigh it down to allow the glue to dry, and since it is curved I needed something pressing into the center. I placed the boat center down onto a roll of tape and placed books on top. This resulted in leaving a circular mark in the shellac finish from the tape roll pressing in, as shown in the pictures below. How do I fix this? 2) Getting the deck to stick to the ribs was very difficult and I showed my "beginerism" by using way too much glue, as shown in the picture. However, I am thinking that since this is on the underside of the deck, it won't show and isn't a problem. Is this ok?
  4. Thanks again for taking time to help me. That goes for everyone in this thread! My Shellac arrives Friday and I can't wait to get started again. Ill be back with more questions soon I am sure.
  5. Thank you. I just ordered these exact things. (Amazon Prime so free shipping). I just needed some direction, I didn't realize there were so many options!
  6. This is helpful thank you. I wanted to see if there was a "standard," and now I realize everyone does it slightly different, so I will jumo in and try something and see how it goes.
  7. Thank you I agree, but I am still looking for a specific answer. Can you just tell me to "use this product and do it like this." Should I just use clear matte varnish and apply a couple coats with a brush?
  8. I am building the Polaris from OcCre: https://www.occre.com/polaris.html Its my first model so I struggle alot. I started a post on what type of glue to use, (instructions call for wood, contact and quick drying), and the response I got from the community is to mostly use wood glue, so now I am questioning everything the instructions are telling me. This goes for the deck finishing as well. I love all the help I am getting here, but the responses are very different from what the instructions say. And now you are suggesting that I shouldn't use the shellac because I can't glue things to it? Im really confused.
  9. So first coat is 50/50 clear matte shellac and denatured alcohol. Second coat is just the shellac. I don't understand your last paragraph. You are saying to use alcohol, (the denatured alcohol?), to clean before the first 50/50 coat and apply it with a razor? Sorry for all the questions. This is my first time working with wood.
  10. Thank you for taking the time to answer me. You gave me alot of information that is very foreign to me and I feel more uncertain then when I started. I THINK you suggested that I use Shellac. So something like this from Amazon? https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-316-Bulls-Shellac-2-Pint/dp/B000LNQBBI/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=shellac&qid=1589799474&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011&rnid=2470954011&rps=1&s=hi&sr=1-3
  11. I would appreciate your recommendations for what varnish to use. I've finished gluing the planks to my deck and now the instructions have me painting varnish to seal it. They recommend "nitrocellulose pore-filling varnish with a satin finish." Is this my best bet and if so do you have product recommendations? Some say oil based, some water based... Thank you for your help.
  12. Thank you to everyone who replied. I used my elmers wood glue to line the deck. I am a bit concerned because it kept squishing between the planks and I had to keep wiping it off, but I think once its done I can sand it down a bit and it will hopefully be fine.
  13. I have a question about glue. I am building the OcCre Polaris ship, which I chose because I am a complete beginner and it includes a video tutorial. The instructions and video say to use wood glue and for some parts, "Cobblers" or "Contact" glue. All I could find was "Contact Cement" and I don't know if its the same thing. A couple posters here commented that they never use contact glue, (or instant dry glue which the instructions also call for). So now I am not sure what is the right thing to do. This particular step in the build is for "lining the deck," which involves gluing planks to the deck. I think it has something to do with needing a slow drying glue because it has my paint the whole deck with glue and then wait a bit before applying the planks. My question is, should I follow the instructions and use contact glue or should I just use wood glue all the time? And is my contact cement the same thing? You can see what I am talking about in my screenshot of the video below, which shows them brushing the contact glue. Thank you for your help. Dan

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