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Charleston Revenge posted 09-23-2003 04:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for Charleston Revenge   Send Email to Charleston Revenge  
I just bought a 22' Revenge fixer-upper. There are a few areas on the deck and on top of the console where there are long cracks in the gelcoat. Does anyone out there have a suggestion to fill the cracks? Is there a desert tan colored fiberglass putty? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Taylor posted 09-23-2003 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Yes, there is desert tan repair material, check out the Gel Coat patch paste available in desert tan from http://www.spectrumcolor.com . Use the search function here and see what you can find about spider crack repair. Although I'm not sure I've ever seen anything definitive, one technique mentioned (which I have not tried) is to gouge or scrape the crack out with something sharp and then fill with the patch paste. Wet sand with increasingly fine paper and polish to finish.

My concern with crack repair is that if there is enough flex to cause cracks, then the repair might crack too.

Charleston Revenge posted 09-24-2003 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Charleston Revenge  Send Email to Charleston Revenge     
Taylor,
Thanks for the tip and the link. Excellent point about the crack re-appearing due to flexing fiberglass. I need to inspect the areas in question. It seems that they are mostly on the rounded corners where the floor 'rounds' up the side. It seems to be a fairly common problem. I've also seen some folks recommending an epoxy mixed with a colored pigment.

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