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kamie posted 04-09-2004 05:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for kamie   Send Email to kamie  
Well, Got the boat back and parked in the driveway to do some cleaning before launching next weekend. I was taking a walk around when my heart skipped a beat. On the forward starboard side I noticed a huge patch of green. Well it looked huge, it's actually about 3 inches by 3 inches. Looks like it's off to order a quart of gelcoat. Glad I took some vacation next week. For pictures of the wound you can check the web page. Encouraging words welcome.
kamie posted 04-10-2004 03:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
Well, Ordered the Spectrum patch in desert tan. Will take a few days as they are out and need to make more. From extensive reading is it safe to assume the best course of action would be to fill the hole with epoxy resin such as the West System and then finish it with the gelcoat.
hardensheetmetal posted 04-10-2004 08:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     

I was looking at the pictures of the damaged area on your boat. It looks to me form the pictures that the damage is only to the gelcoat. If this is the case, you should not have to do any epoxy work.

A note on using the spectrum patch paste - The color of the repaired area will probably be a little darker than the rest of the hull. It is possible to tint the gelcoat to achieve a better match. When Iw as woking on my last 13, I had ordered bath the interior blue and the exterior white. My mixing small amounts of the white in with the blue, I was able to match the faded interior color a little better. You could probabaly get away with ordering a pint of patch instead of a quart. The repair kits don't seems to last for more than a year.


stefan posted 04-10-2004 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     

that patch kit is easy, I had to do it about a month ago in area where V-stop was loose and bow scraped against metal brackets .

trick is to make sure to use the 3 grades of wet sand paper.

kamie posted 04-10-2004 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     

I think you may be right that the damage is limited to the gelcoat. I will take another look on my way out to West Marine. If that's the case I will hold off on the epoxy. I actually ordered two of the spectrum patch kits. I figured that even if I needed both I was ahead of the game by not having unused product sit. I do have a few other nicks I can fix while i'm at it. As for the color, the entire purpose for my vacation was to take color restorer/rubbing cpd to the hull so I could clean her up and put her new name on the sides. I did the small portion up by her numbers by hand, hanging over the rail and it came out ok. Not great as you can still see some ghosting, but hey she was in the water and I was hanging over the railing so I feel pretty good. I figure using power tools I should do a better job.

kamie posted 04-10-2004 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
I want to second the persons opinion that if your going to buy a boat, ask the person to let you wash it. I found about 4 more small chips to add to my repair list.

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