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pwillcutts
04-03-2006, 12:33 AM
I've never dealt with Gel-coat repairs at all, but my 1990 Tri-Star has a nice ding in its nose (courtesy of my brother's inability to steer striaght through a tunnel !), and I'd love to get it patched up. Anyone have any experience with this sort of repair (see pictures below)? How big a job am I getting myself into? THANKS, :huh: :huh:
Pat

erkoehler
04-03-2006, 12:37 AM
1. :mad: YELL AT BROTHER :eek:
2. Call up local dealer
3. Get Estimate
4. Complain about estimate being expensive
5. Remember that BROTHER is paying for it. :D
6. Relax now that your boat is back to 100% :)


In all honesty, that is a nice ding....I would leave it up to the professionals especially with all the spidering that has happened.

Sodar
04-03-2006, 12:45 AM
I would not advise you to repair it yourself. It is a big job, but it is ultimately your choice, of course. If you take it to a reputable fiberglass shop, they will be able to fix it with no issues. The spider-cracking that was caused by the impact is like cancer, if it is not attended to, it will spread like crazy. To solve the spidercracking problem, the shop will grind out each crack and build it back up with very fine glass mat. Looking at the pictures, I would imagine that it is about a $300 repair, based on what my fiberglass guy charges. Good luck! Damn brothers...

bigmac
04-03-2006, 08:43 AM
I've never dealt with Gel-coat repairs at all, but my 1990 Tri-Star has a nice ding in its nose (courtesy of my brother's inability to steer striaght through a tunnel !), and I'd love to get it patched up. Anyone have any experience with this sort of repair (see pictures below)? How big a job am I getting myself into? THANKS, :huh: :huh:
Pat

Looks like a lot more than just gelcoat - the surrounding cracking looks like significant impact damage to the fiberglass underneath extending well beyond just the missing gelcoat. I'd take it to a professional, no question.

pwillcutts
04-04-2006, 08:44 PM
Thanks guys. I had the feeling I was getting in over my head as a DIY project on this one. I took your advice and went to my local MC dealer. They are contacting MC factory with my hull #, and hopefully they can get a color match for the gel coat. I'll post a pic when they finish it....hopefully soon! Not long till sumer now ! :cool:

pwillcutts
04-19-2006, 12:29 AM
Anyone know how long i should expect to wait from H.Q. about a service inquiry / gelcoat color match question that my dealer sent over 2 weeks ago? Either MasterCraft has dropped the ball or my dealer has, but I'm eager to get the right color gel coat and complete the job. on my TriStar I gave my Dealer my hull ID # weeks ago, but they just keep telling me Mastercraft has not yet responded? :confused: :(

Kell
04-19-2006, 12:58 AM
Anyone know how long i should expect to wait from H.Q. about a service inquiry / gelcoat color match question that my dealer sent over 2 weeks ago? Either MasterCraft has dropped the ball or my dealer has, but I'm eager to get the right color gel coat and complete the job. on my TriStar I gave my Dealer my hull ID # weeks ago, but they just keep telling me Mastercraft has not yet responded? :confused: :(

Two weeks seems to long. Last summer I repaired a ding, called MC myself got the color/name of my gelcoat, called up Spectrum (manufacturer of gelcoat for many boats including MC) and had a "paste" gelcoat delivered in three days. Once you now the color of your gelcoat go to spectrumcolor.com or call them.

grease
04-19-2006, 11:03 AM
I am in the process of doing the entire gelcoat on my 84 S&S. I started talking with Spectrum, but end up doing business with mini-craft of Fllorida (www.minicraft.com). They were much more helpful than Spectrum. You can give them your hull # and they can give you the right color. They could not match my red (neither could MC or Spectrum, records only go back to 1987), co I sent them a sample for the match. I suggested you contact them.

Grease

TMCNo1
04-19-2006, 11:27 AM
[QUOTE=pwillcutts]Anyone know how long i should expect to wait from H.Q. about a service inquiry / gelcoat color match question that my dealer sent over 2 weeks ago? Either MasterCraft has dropped the ball or my dealer has, but I'm eager to get the right color gel coat and complete the job. on my TriStar I gave my Dealer my hull ID # weeks ago, but they just keep telling me Mastercraft has not yet responded? :confused: :([/QUOTE

Call Greg Clower [customer relations] @ MC 1-800-443-8774 or gregory.clower@Mastercraft.com and present him with your problem of not getting any feedback from anyone. He will get to the bottom of it, and get you your answer.

east tx skier
04-19-2006, 11:51 AM
Here are some good tips on gelcoat repair (http://www.skiboathelp.com/tech/gelcoat.html).