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monkey569 posted 07-11-2002 11:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for monkey569   Send Email to monkey569  
Hi Everyone.

I am the proud new owner of a 1988 15'sport w/2000 70 yamaha. The boat I believe is in fantastic condition. The only thing that may need attention is there is a small area in the interior where the gelcoat has thinned to the point that the blue laminate underneath is showing. I have zero experience repairing boats. Is there an easy way for a novice such as myself to fix it?
Also, the interior could use a good scrubbing. Any hints as to what cleaning agent is best and if it's ok to use a good scrubbing brush? I don't want to wear away any more gelcoat.

Thanks for your help.

Hugh

Whaler Proud posted 07-12-2002 03:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
Monkey:

Do a search over the topics in this Forum for the past two years. Gelcoat is a big subject here and you will probably find all of the info you need to do this reoair yourself.

jimh posted 07-12-2002 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You can read abou my experiences when I was in the same situation you are now. See http://continuouswave.com/maintenance-logs/epoxy/ .

If the area that has worn away was part of the textured non-skid, it will be more difficult to make a repair that blends in. If the repair is in a smooth area, it is not too hard to do it yourself and get decent results.

If the worn area is in a highly prominent position, you might want to have it fixed professionally. That's because you don't want to make a mess of it with your first attempt at working with these materials. It is better to develop your technique with laminate and gelcoat repairs on areas that are more obscure.

jimh posted 07-12-2002 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Re-reading your posting made me wonder if you were perhaps referring to the transom area where the blue-green laminate is prominently seen at the upper lip of the transom. This is intentional and part of the Whaler look.

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