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JohnnyB
07-08-2007, 07:08 PM
When I bought my boat, there were two areas where the gelcoat was damaged. The first is right under the nose of the bow....

JohnnyB
07-08-2007, 07:08 PM
and this one...where the port side meets the bottom of the boat....

JohnnyB
07-08-2007, 07:10 PM
When I purchased the boat, I talked to an aquaintance of mine who runs a gel-coat repair business. He actually had a quote on file with the previous owner and figured it was about $400 to repair this.

Because of the location of the damage on the black fiberglass, it is not very visible and I'm tempted to do the repairs myself. Any advice and/or instruction from others would be helpful as to:

Materials, process, techniques, etc.

:D

Farmer Ted
07-08-2007, 07:25 PM
When I purchased the boat, I talked to an aquaintance of mine who runs a gel-coat repair business. He actually had a quote on file with the previous owner and figured it was about $400 to repair this.

Because of the location of the damage on the black fiberglass, it is not very visible and I'm tempted to do the repairs myself. Any advice and/or instruction from others would be helpful as to:

Materials, process, techniques, etc.

:D


$400 sounds really low, especially for the stuff around the rub rail.

when I got my boat fixed, they told me to add 12 inches in all directions to the repair area to ensure the finish would match

see if the guy will honor the $400 quote, there's not much I won't take a stab at but I know my limitations and that would be one were I'd spend top dollar to ensure a quality repair.

nuckinfutz
07-08-2007, 07:54 PM
I ordered some of the Patch Paste from this company. Fantastic stuff.
The directions are really simple (on the back of the package). I modified the process a bit since I did not have a buffing wheel or red rubbing compound so I used 1000 then 2000 grit then some rubbing compound (that I conveniently had laying around since momma backed the Porsche into the garage door) the to slowly bring to a shine.

http://spectrumcolor.com/default.asp

http://telcon-solutions.com/Boat/BadDay/before.jpg

http://telcon-solutions.com/Boat/BadDay/after.jpg


I should have taken pictures for the process and I am kicking myself for not doing so. It would have been a great instructional aid for the forum.