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Old 08-07-2014, 12:34 AM
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Suggestions for repair

I just picked up this 85 Stars and Stripes. The previous owner liked to beach the boat on the sandbar. The hull needs some repair. Any suggestions on repairing the fiberglass and gel coat on the hull?
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:58 AM
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Wow, he did a number on that hull. Need to grind out the bad stuff and build back up with glass, then gel. Not a terrible job but unhandy doing everything upside down.

Great looking boat otherwise.

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Old 08-07-2014, 01:58 AM
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Wow. All that from sand? I would also check if the hull is hitting the first crossmember from the front of the trailer when loading. We have a steep ramp and I added a 12" roller at that crossmember as my hull was cutting into the thin rubber guard covering it and then leaving marks on the hull. If not for that rubber piece the steel would have done a number on the keel.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:14 AM
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I agree, check the trailer for sure. Working with glass is not that hard. Pretty easy to do once you get started. Nice looking S x S.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:42 AM
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There are several threads on here that can help. Here is one recent one.


this is from another thread....

If you want to try the DIY route visit here, http://www.diy-fiberglass-boat-repair.com/
Here is a start for the gelcoat and some materials, http://www.spectrumcolor.com/default.asp and http://www.gelcoatproducts.com/boat.html

Good luck
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:56 AM
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Yup beaching and then water.... looks solid. All the bad stuff has to be removed like Thatsmrmastercraft says. You're going to need to get it off the trailer to work ... but not difficult.. some threads here on that.

Nice boat and welcome.

Library in the General discussion thread.

Coatings and Fiberglass
www.overtons.com - gel coat
http://www.uscomposites.com/pigments.html - gel coat and pigments
http://www.expresscomposites.com/ - gel coat fiber glass repair
http://www.semproducts.com/ - coatings
www.iboats.com - spectrum color reseller.
http://www.adtechplastics.com/default.aspx - plastics, fillers and coatings
http://www.fibreglast.com/ gel coat and gel color matching supplies
http://www.uscomposites.com/pigments.html - gel coat pigment and fiberglass supply

Fiberglass and Gel Cost Repair Videos
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:45 PM
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I just did this.

The prevous owner smoked the trailer and wrecked the keel. I bought the WEST SYSTEM FIBERGLASS REPAIR KIT. Comes with everything you need, right down to the gloves, mixing sticks, thickeners...everything. You will need to buy sandpaper though.

This is a stupid easy repair. IT will cost max 100 bucks to do it yourself, and then you have lots of material left over for other repairs.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:45 AM
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I have the same project in my near future...let us know how it goes!
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