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Hoop posted 03-05-2000 11:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for Hoop   Send Email to Hoop  
Whoops! I got my first gelcoat chip yesterday. I was backing out from the dock but still near the dock, and the bow swung and "clunk" out flew a chip of Whaler gelcoat. Ugh. About 1.5 inches long by 0.5 inches wide. But an article in Trailerboat Magazine gives me confidence that I can fix it myself. Any suggestions before I begin? Should I get a gelcoat repair kit from my dealer? Will they have color matched stuff?
jimh posted 03-07-2000 01:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Recently, West Marine began selling and stocking the SPECTRUM COLORS gelcoat repair kits that are OEM Color matched to Boston Whaler colors.

You might also want to reference an article at http://continuouswave.com/maintenance-logs/epoxy/ wherein I describe my attempts at making some repairs to a Boston Whaler.

If you have never done anything like this before, and if the area to be repaired is in a prominent spot on the boat, you may want to consider making a few trials on a testpiece or getting a pro to do the actual repairs.

I started fixing scrapes in the keel and other areas of low-visibility.

--jim

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