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Mako posted 02-04-2001 01:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mako   Send Email to Mako  
I ran over some debris and managed to make a 3" gouge in the gelcoat on the hull. You can see clear down to the fiberglass, but the glass appears undamaged. Any suggestions for repairing this with the boat on the trailer? I would need the patch to adhere upside down. I know you guys are the best, so thanks in advance!
-Mako
kingfish posted 02-04-2001 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
MAKO-

West Marine (both on-line and catalog, I think; catalog for sure) sells Spectrum-Color gel coat *paste*, pre- mixed to match Boston Whaler color(s). It has a pretty short hardening curve once you mix in the hardener, so you have to be and to have things ready, but you can apply it vertically, upside down, you name it. Good stuff, and the patch kit is only a couple of ounces, sells for around 25 or 30 bucks, as I recall. I've used it a lot with great results.

jimh posted 02-05-2001 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If it is a really deep gouge, repair it with a West System Epoxy repair kit, then finish the top layer off with Spectrum Color gelcoat paste.

--jimh

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