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    Look what i just bought

    just bought two 1996 xps off ebay, went halves with a buddy

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...TODAY.m238.lVI

    and the pictures. Cant wait for summer!

    they are going to get painted in may (black!!) and i already have a seat cover, hydroturf, and a umi steering setup for mine on the way!

    they are dirty as hell, but by the pictures, how do you think we did? btw, we havent picked them up yet, those are the sellers pictures.











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    dude, remove all the decals, and polish them up, they look sweet all yellow!!!!!!
    you'll hurt the value painting them. and the black wont hold up near as good as the yellow gelcoat already there!!!
    those plastic hoods can be polished too, use steelwool to rub all the dry white chalky plastic off, until you get down to good fresh plastic, do this evenly and they will look like new. then rubdown with motor oil,nice clean 10w40 or whatever you got layin around, makes em look better than new.
    get new seat covers black and yellow, or something custom like that, and they will look sweeeet.
    you can also remove and repaint all the pump hardware. get them lookin new again too.

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    really, it will hurt resale value? I kind of like the look of black, and i was going to do a PPG industrial coating on it. Is the pump hardware made of plastic? I am going to make these things look new. I saw a xp in black and it looked sweeeeet.

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    so if i took a nice rubbing compound, then scratch remover, and swirl remover and wax to it it should remove all of the fadeing? i would use a rotary buffer ofcourse.

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    Man that looks sweeeeett.

    My last HX was all black I think I am gonna do the same to my new one,we are also gonna do my buddys 97 SPX all in black.

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    if you gonna do a primo job like that, ok.
    but black will show sun fade and waterstains alot faster than the yellow.
    and any scratches will be noticeable cuz you will have yellow underneath!!
    all blak on black on black isnt my thing.
    that ski has a great paintjob, i agree, but its too plain.
    sorry thats my opinion.
    all fade will come off that yellow gelcoat especialy if you can use a buffer.

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    pump hardware is metal i believe. it was on my 97 spx.

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    yeah, i have all of the facilities to do a primo job like that. I think i am going to powder coat the pump hardware if it is metal aswell because we are setup for that aswell. I will make the final call once i see the exact condition of the skis in person. if they are already really scratched up i will pain them if not then i might just stick to buffing them for now.

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    The pumps are bronze. The first pic looks like there are stator vanes missing in the pump? Better check that out, compare the count to the other ski.

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    yes the pump itself is bronze, but the reduction nozzle and steering nozzle are aluminum?? cheap metal.
    corrodes pretty easy, but very easy to clean off and paint or powdercoat.
    i always painted mine.
    use a marine primer and then a marine black outdrive paint, it will look really nice.
    if you got the facilities to paint a ski that nice, then go for it.
    maybe to bottom black and top yellow, or red??
    then get a back hood and black seat.
    i always liked the black hulls with the red topsides like a 99 GSX or 2003 gtx SC
    Last edited by lextoy; 12-10-2007 at 11:33 PM.

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    i have always liked the look of that too. when spring gets closer i will decide. btw what are stator vanes?

    Mike

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