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chad posted 06-13-2001 01:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for chad   Send Email to chad  
Has any one had any experience with a product called marine-tex to repair chips in the gelcoat along the keel?
Makonut posted 06-13-2001 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Makonut  Send Email to Makonut     
marine tex is a SUPER item...Have used it to repair areas that were rotted, on outboards that were chipped..under water, above line it works! Easy to sand and paint.."I never leave port without it!" As far as a replacement for Gel coat, I would doubt it. For holes, gouges etc I would give it a 10+

Good luck Chad

lhg posted 06-13-2001 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Marine-tex, manufactured by Illinois Tool Works, is great material, but is designed to have the gelcoat applied, or painted on, over it.

If your chips are not too big, just use the pure gelcoat as a filler (probably in paste version), or add some fiberglass chopped fibers to it, making a "mash", and apply that, leaving a slight indentation for the gelcoat finish. Then paint over with pure gelcoat, sand, buff, etc. These are basically BW's old instructions, paraphrased.

hauptjm posted 06-13-2001 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Marine-Tex can be used to repair a cracked engine block. This stuff is tough. I used some to repair an unusual break in a teak hatch. Pipe clamped the two pieces, sanded the 'push-out', and it looks great and has lasted 2 years with constant use. I've even seen people groove it. As far as I know, it works with just about any material you need to repair.
OutrageMan posted 06-14-2001 07:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Marine-Tex was used to fill holes on my Whaler Drive where a kicker mounting plate used to be. The patck is great, and with just some manual scoring, they were able to approximate the non-skid. If you weren't looking for it, you could not see the patch.


willyjoe1 posted 06-14-2001 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for willyjoe1  Send Email to willyjoe1     
where can i buy this marine-tex? did they have some color to choice, thanks
DrZ posted 06-14-2001 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for DrZ  Send Email to DrZ     
Is is available at all BoatUS and West Marine. Great stuff I repaired thje bow rail screw holes with it.
lhg posted 06-14-2001 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think Marine-Tex only comes in white and grey.
Soho posted 06-15-2001 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
I remember reading once about a single-hander ( sailing that is ) who used MarineTex to replace a tooth filling while at sea....

Believe it or not....


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