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gnrgunner posted 08-23-2001 03:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for gnrgunner   Send Email to gnrgunner  
I have a 1983 Sport that I recently updated the steering system on. Teleflex steering is a huge improvement from the pullies. However, I cringe every time I look at the transom because I see 5 holes on each side in the shape of an L where the bolts that held down the pullies used to be. For the mean time, I even put the bolts back in. How should I go about filling these holes? I have been contemplating filling the holes with fiberglass/gelcoat putty, but what should I do about the visible surface, so as not to make the putty in the holes too obvious? Thanks.
jward posted 08-23-2001 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for jward  Send Email to jward     
Make sure holes are completely dry, clean holes with drill and bit. I would then fill with epoxy using the plastic syringe (to inject the epoxy) available from West Marine or others. After filling the hole completely let it cure, then drill into the epoxy about 1/8 inch using the correct size drill bit to remove all of the epoxy visible from the surface (probably one or two sizes bigger than the original hole). Basically you are left with a small crater which I would then fill with the appropriate Gelpaste from "Spectrumcolor.com". Specturm has factory matched colored Gelpaste and if you follow their instruction have a really hard to detect repair.

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