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Eric S posted 08-14-2000 02:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Eric S   Send Email to Eric S  
I have been slowly fixing up a 1978 15' w/ an 1988 Evinrude 70 hp. Had a huge hole in bottom which is now fixed. The interior deck has extensive spider cracking. Will the cracking leak water into the subfloor plywood ? Also, it is fairly ugly. Had anybody painted over the non-skid interior and is this recommended. I'm concerned that the non-skid will become non-effective and i'll have to add abrasive. Please help.
bigz posted 08-14-2000 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Eric,welcome to the forum.

Yes it can enter the hull foam cavity and saturate the plywood and foam! Then again maybe not all depends if there just surface or through skin to the fiberglass.

Assuming these were due to weather and not stress and they are as extensive as you say -- one suggestion is have the whole interior either sand or media blasted and then you can use a 2 part marine poly like Interlux which can be brushed or rolled on after priming or have it re-gel coated.

You will have to check the spider cracks after blasting and if any still remain these are probably pretty deep --- you have to sand those open and fill them with either a gel-coat putty or epoxy putty depends on whether you can see fiberglass blue/greenish color (epoxy) or it's still gel (gel putty and then sand them smooth before priming/finishing.

There is a lot of discussion through out this forum on this subject. So surf through some of the other post and threads.

West Systems Epoxy has a nice little hand book available on patching and minor repairs but in you case you need a more comprehensive guide for doing the entire interior maybe a few of the other members can recommend publications that will help.

Tom

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