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Old 08-28-2004, 03:48 PM
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Hi, i have recently bought an old wooden trawler however there are a few cracks and splits inthe wood. Does anybody have any suggestions about the best filler to use. Im based in the UK.

Thanks, oh and and fixing tips would be useful

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Old 08-29-2004, 12:22 AM
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Default RE: Boat Filler

i would sand it & fill all the voids with a putty type filler, paint it or expoly it to
reseal it ,possibly a fiber glass filler?[sm=confused.gif]
expoly also fills & seals without a pic it hard to tell what would work the best on
your boat
good luck boatman1[sm=thumbup.gif][8D]
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[link=http://www.wiley.org.uk/crack.JPG]crack[/link]

An image of the crack can be seen here.

Thanks, has anybody used p40 bridging filler??

Thanks

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Old 08-29-2004, 06:38 AM
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Hi Drew,

Depending on how long you want to use the boat without the cracks re-apperearing, the best way is to fill the cracks with epoxy and microballoons, sand down the hull to the bare wood and cover the ull with a thin layer of glass cloth and epoxy, before sanding it smooth and repainting it.
If you have acess to the interior, seal the wood with thin epoxy.

Hulls prepared like this will outlive your grandchildren....

Regards, Jan.
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THanks mate,

Not entirely sure what microballons are and what epoxy is the best to use. I have full access to the inside of the hull.

Im new to all this boat building, im used to fast electric.

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Microballoons are tiny glass spheres, used to fill the epoxy-resin in order to keep the weight down.

Use the slow curing epoxy resin (24h), to give you enough time to work (potlife).
Ask your local hobby- or paint shop.

Regards, Jan.
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Hi, thanks for the resopnse. Any idea what this product will be called in the UK ?? ive searched the web and cant find much. Any links would be much appreciated. I dont have a visa so i need a supplier in the uk.

THanks

Drew
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Hi Drew,

If you can't find the microballoons, don't worry.
If you have access to the interior, seal off the crack(s) on the outside with tape and fill the crack from inside with a mixture of sawdust and epoxy.

It's really messy, so cover every surface you don't want smeared.

After you've closed the cracks, sand the hull and cover it in a thin sheet of glass cloth and epoxy, as mentioned before.

Regards, Jan.
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Thanks mate,

Ill get hold of some epoxy as soon as possible and post a few pictures of my results

Thanks for all your help

Drew (a newbie )

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