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ContinuousWave: Whaler Repairs/Mods
|Author||Topic: West epoxy|
posted 06-28-2000 10:59 PM ET (US)
I just received the West System epoxy user manual; it seems to be the cadillac of repair systems. I have a couple of dings I want to take care of at the end of this season. Has anyone used this product and also does B/W still sell the desert tan gel coating, or do most ppl go with the mix and match scenario?
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posted 06-29-2000 08:01 AM ET (US)
I have ordered from West Marine and used the West System Maxi Repair Pack which has everything you will need for repairing nicks except the gel coat. Couldn't be easier or more effective. Only caveat is if you anticipate more than six seperate fixes (once you have the epoxy and hardener mixed, you only have a few short minutes to use it), you'll have to order a few seperate epoxy and hardener tubes. The kit itself should be plenty to get you started and learn the system, and probably will be plenty to finish your work.
I have also ordered from West Marine and used Spectrum factory-matched gel coat patch paste kit in the Boston Whaler Desert Tan (through '92 is how I think they identify it). A little differntly than how it is described in the West System literature, the Spectrum patch paste apparently does not require any type of temporary membrane in order to cure, and being a paste, you can easily use it in vertical areas with no running or sagging. And I'm here to tell you that the color isn't just "close"; if you follow directions and move to finer and finer wet sand paper finally to rubbing compound and wax, the patches will virtually disappear.
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