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Old 09-25-2004, 04:10 AM
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Default Fixing the boat's "gell-coat"

I managed to deeply break-off the "gell-coat" at the bottom of my boat.
I remember the store sold me this boat used some white epoxy-like stuff to fix such cracks and scratches, which after drying and some paint made it as good as new.

Can anyone tell me what is that stuff might have been, or what is the best material to fix gell-coat at boats?

Thank-you.
Old 09-25-2004, 05:04 AM
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Default RE: Fixing the boat's "gell-coat"

Well done!

Posting a pic of the damage would be nice, in order to give specific advice.

First you have to determen if the hull is made from polyester or epoxy.
You can repair an polyester hull with epoxy, but not the other way around.

If the gelcoat has splintered off and there are cracks around the hole, you need to remove the parts that have come loose from the underlaying glass cloth.

Sand the damaged area, clean it with acetone or break cleaner and repair the spot with either epoxy or polyester resin.

I can't be more specific as I haven't seen the damage.

Regards, Jan
Old 09-25-2004, 12:42 PM
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Default RE: Fixing the boat's "gell-coat"

Hello Jan.

I'm sorry that I'm not able to post any pics since there's something wrong with my USB.
About your question : the boat is made of fiber-glass, and I checked deeply to find out that the hull itself is not broken, only a piece of the gelcoat broke off.
Can you be specific of what I should use considering this data?
Old 09-25-2004, 03:04 PM
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Default RE: Fixing the boat's "gell-coat"

What you might be looking for is Squadron Fast Drying White Putty.
Old 09-26-2004, 05:00 PM
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Default RE: Fixing the boat's "gell-coat"

Like Ron says, use a car repair putty (preferably epoxy-based), I'm not sure, the brand he mentions is available in Israƫl, but I'm sure there's a similar product.

Regards, Jan.

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