550sx to 750 "All or Nothing" build

Thanks. I tend to do any project I take on like it's my own......and I just can't stand the rushed final product look. That's why this is the "All or Nothing" build. If you're going to spend time and money anyway...........do it ALL or just don't do anything!
Great work man. I aspire to have the knowledge you do. It took me close to a year to get a simple piston port 550 looking nice and running. This is another level. I told myself I wasn't gonna do another 550 but a 701 swapped 550 is looking really tempting.
 

Myself

manic mechanic
Location
Twin Lakes AR
Great work man. I aspire to have the knowledge you do. It took me close to a year to get a simple piston port 550 looking nice and running. This is another level. I told myself I wasn't gonna do another 550 but a 701 swapped 550 is looking really tempting.
The best way to learn I think is to hands on DO IT. The information is out there, all you have to do is search. Remember, we are all built the same, arms legs, hands, brain...........If one guy can do it, you can too!
 

Myself

manic mechanic
Location
Twin Lakes AR
The rain finally quit and I got a window of low(ish) humidity to reprime this bad boy! So I cleaned out my trusty old primer gun, masked off the topside and hood, and recoated!
 

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Myself

manic mechanic
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And the primer laid out real nice! Just look at those smooth body lines!
 

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Myself

manic mechanic
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Twin Lakes AR
And then while I was letting my shop air out, I scuffed, primed, and painted the engine.......OH YEAHhhhhh!
 

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Myself

manic mechanic
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I worked overtime on other customer stuff the last 2 evenings and today until 2pm. But after that I got the bottom side and handle pole touched up and finished out, ready for 2nd primer coat.
 

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Myself

manic mechanic
Location
Twin Lakes AR
I was able to get 2 good coats of primer on today. Everything looks good. I'm going to try and get it wet sanded with soft blocks this week and maybe paint next weekend!! MAN........just look at those smooth lines on those molded in sponsons!! Not too shabby if I do say so myself :);).
 

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Myself

manic mechanic
Location
Twin Lakes AR
I'm sorry bro. But look at it like this......anybody can glue or bolt a set on. How many have you seen fully molded in? I'd guess most folks don't have the patience for this type of work. I like the 'one off' stuff.......cars, trucks, bikes, boats, whatever. And this Jet Ski will be 'one off' for sure.
 

Myself

manic mechanic
Location
Twin Lakes AR
Well, it was lightly raining half the day so I sprayed on some guide coat and started soft block wet sanding with 400 grit. The panels should all be FLAT from previous work. This time around we are trying to just knock the guide coat off while leaving ALL (or almost all) of the grey primer. Just smoothing things out. A bucket of water and a spongy sanding pad is what I prefer. It should be pretty easy to knock the primer down smooth without a lot of pressure.
 

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Myself

manic mechanic
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Twin Lakes AR
I like to hit all the large areas first while staying OFF body lines and corners. When this is done it should look totally like a RAD 70's panel paint job.
 

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Myself

manic mechanic
Location
Twin Lakes AR
Then CAREFULLY go over corners with a long crosshatch motion. Then anything else using fingers or any other tool that fits the surface...........TADA!! Hood ready for sealer and paint.
 

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WFO Speedracer

A lifetime ban is like a lifetime warranty !
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Alabama
I'm sorry bro. But look at it like this......anybody can glue or bolt a set on. How many have you seen fully molded in? I'd guess most folks don't have the patience for this type of work. I like the 'one off' stuff.......cars, trucks, bikes, boats, whatever. And this Jet Ski will be 'one off' for sure.
Hmmm I wonder , I have been rodeoing for a while now.
 

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Myself

manic mechanic
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Twin Lakes AR
I had water testing on skis to do every night this week after work so I wasn't ready for paint this weekend. I finished up all the 400 wet blockout today. After a good washdown and inspection I found some pinholes in the fairing fill I had to touch up....no big deal. Any large project like this will need little spot fills here and there before paint. Anybody that says otherwise is a LIAR! Anyhow, looking great now and I'm looking for a low humidity window to get paint down.
 

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