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Old 11-14-2018, 04:56 PM
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What Sayeth the Collective- Gelcoat

So I'm debating whether or not to fix this gelcoat on the bow. Its not a structural issue, purely cosmetic. While it would be nice to fix it, I don't want to actually make it look worse than it does right now as I think matching the gelcoat might be difficult and it is not highly obvious right now. I saw a list of color matches on another thread somewhere and didn't see anything that sounded particularly close to what the color is- sort of an off-white. It's a 1995 Prostar 205.

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Old 11-14-2018, 05:11 PM
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:16 PM
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Let it ride like it is. Your call but one can of worms will lead to another (not necessarily in a bad way).

One of the costs for these type repairs is the time (x cost per hour) to mix and match. I know you have implied you would do the work. Just takes time and patience to match (not difficult, just tedious), then the prep, then the finish.

But if it really bugs you....

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Old 11-14-2018, 05:21 PM
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Let it ride like it is. Your call but one can of worms will lead to another (not necessarily in a bad way).

One of the costs for these type repairs is the time (x cost per hour) to mix and match. I know you have implied you would do the work. Just takes time and patience to match (not difficult, just tedious), then the prep, then the finish.

But if it really bugs you....

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Yes, that is my fear. I've got a two year old with a bad attitude, so time is not something I have a lot of right now... The color match is my biggest concern I think.
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:26 PM
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Yes, that is my fear. I've got a two year old with a bad attitude, so time is not something I have a lot of right now...… The color match is my biggest concern I think.
I use a white and then a gray color sample to blend and match the pigment. When you get it right from mixing, then use that mixture for further application.

I would not cut out a lot on the cracks. Just open them up a little and bevel or smooth the edges then fill in.

Remember that you will want to sand and blend a ways out to get it back to a smooth finish / transition. So tape it off accordingly.
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:01 PM
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'95 white was called "oyster", if that helps?
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:13 PM
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It's winter, fix it. Especially if you're garage'd. I would rather have a slight color variation than the cracks.
Wifey had a little mishap with the dock on our X2 and nicked one of the pickles. I worked it for a couple nights through the week and have a very slight color variation. Take your time and repair it.
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That would bug the hell out of me if it were my boat. I vote "fix it".
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:22 PM
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If you have the time fix it. US composites has a color system to mix custom gel coat. Good thing about gel, it doesnt change color when curing... or you can get a gel coat repair kit.. get the color right before you bring out the dremel.. or get a sticker/decal made to cover it... personally more hassle than its worth.. its not flaking off.

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