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tfox
02-28-2007, 12:25 PM
Is there a compound that you can use on the gelcoat to prevent chips in the gelcoat from splitting or cracking further?? The chip size is about the size of a raisin and not very deep....but I don't want it getting worse. Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated?? :)

bigmac
02-28-2007, 12:34 PM
Is there a compound that you can use on the gelcoat to prevent chips in the gelcoat from splitting or cracking further?? The chip size is about the size of a raisin and not very deep....but I don't want it getting worse. Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated?? :)The gelcoat is only about .020 inch thick - beyond that is the actual fiberglass, so chips that size indeed should be filled. I've used gelcoat repair kits enough to know that doing a good job is greatly facilitated by a professional.


Gel Coat repair kit 1 (http://www.overtons.com/modperl/overtons/detail/pdetail2.cgi?r=detail_view&item_num=76620&fcat=)

Gel Coat repair kit 2 (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/producte/10001/-1/10001/59276/0/0/gelcoat/All_2/mode+matchallpartial/0/0)

tfox
02-28-2007, 12:53 PM
Thanks so much Bro!!!

FlatBoard
02-28-2007, 10:29 PM
Find a good gel man in your area and take care of him!! They are out there, you just have to ask around. If the repair is in an inconspicuos(sp) place, you can fill the void yourself, but if it shows I would seek professional help. Just my .02

Laurel_Lake_Skier
02-28-2007, 10:40 PM
If you want to do it yourself, http://www.spectrumcolor.com/ will get you a great match. I got some to touch up a few spots and was very happy with the color match. I've tried others before where you mix up your own color and that is next to impossible. Spectrum's colors are right on the money.....a perfect match.

FlatBoard
02-28-2007, 10:49 PM
If you want to do it yourself, http://www.spectrumcolor.com/ will get you a great match. I got some to touch up a few spots and was very happy with the color match. I've tried others before where you mix up your own color and that is next to impossible. Spectrum's colors are right on the money.....a perfect match.

Did you use wet sanpaper to smooth out the repair?? I heard that you can polish the repair area with ultra fine wet sanpaper 800-1200, but I don't have the guts to try...

Laurel_Lake_Skier
02-28-2007, 11:01 PM
Yes.....a bucket of water and work your way up to the fine grit paper. I was kind of creeped out about doing it at first but it wasn't that tough and I was very happy with the end result.

FlatBoard
02-28-2007, 11:09 PM
Yes.....a bucket of water and work your way up to the fine grit paper. I was kind of creeped out about doing it at first but it wasn't that tough and I was very happy with the end result.


I have a few spots on the underside of the hull I might try myself. If it doesn't work for me I can stop before I do any damage.

Thanks for the reply.

WTRSK1R
02-28-2007, 11:33 PM
After the 1000 grit, hit is with a little Meguiers Oxidation remover and then wax. The oxidation remover will remove the final scratches from the sandpaper, and will blend it back in to the original gel. I have made many repairs simply by gently sanding out scratches and polishing and have had great results. I realize you have more then a scratch, but blending in the patched area is the same principle as long as you have a good color match.

Steve