Gel Coat Repair??

EJ Swanny

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Hey All - Great season so far...however, boat is taking damage as usual. Clearing DR balls when fish is on can be hectic and costly. Yeah, I know there are alot of different techniques of clearing DR balls. Just would like to know if the pic below (about 1"x1") can be a DIY thing (that will actually look passable), or should it be professionally done?
Gel Coat Damge.jpg

If DIY, any product suggestions, if not, who in the South End is good/affordable for these things. These are the times I like tin cans. Appreciate any info......thanks
 
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eldplanko

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How well do you want the color to match? I did some work on mine after watching some youtube videos on color matching, that's probably the hardest part. and seems to get pretty close but not perfect. You basically start with pure white, and slowly add tiny amounts of yellow, brown and black, and spot it on in the same area without catalyst until it gets real close. I had my artistically minded kid help me with the color matching part, telling me what color to add. Grind the gelcoat back to taper it, you don't need to go into the glass if it looks like it's not been damaged. You probably would need to do a few layers with some filler/gelcoat mix, and if you want to go all out, you spray on the final coat after cutting 10% with mek.
 
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tacklejacked

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Pretty easy...grab up a gel coat kit from west marine or something..

I just did a whole once over on a 12' Livingston and it took some work but it was manageable...spot repairs are easy..

At least get her looking pretty good till the season ends then look into a pro job if you want in the off season.
 
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sgwill122

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I agree, get the gel coat kit and fix yourself. If your not happy with the result pay someone to fix it in the off season. Color matching will be the hardest part.
 
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EJ Swanny

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Well that probably got them into the penalty box,down to the fiber and all.
Yeah - That's what I'm concerned about....that's alot of fill. Not sure if DIY will do it or not.....appreciate the replies though....
 
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Pretty easy repair get your color match made up with the kit, pick out any loose pieces around the edges, wipe it down with acetone to soften the surrounding gel coat, load your gel coat that you made up and activated into a small syringe fill the whole area in till its proud, spray a layer of pva over it for curing, sand flush after cured and buff it out. If you have left over gel coat in your syringe and think you may need to add more after it cures put in the fridge to slow the curing until your done with the repair. I have most everything you need and live in Eatonville if you need materials
 
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I gotta ask if you’d tape a full hook up/ fish killed session on your boat? With that kind of damage I’m very excited to see it!
 
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    Fill in the deepest spot with some resin and 1/4” glass fibers after it cures tacky mix up the gel coat and fill it in. That being a vertical surface, just have a six inch piece of painters tape stuck on the bottom side. As you fill it in, move the tape up to keep it from oozing all over. Keep the tape on it for 24 hours and wet sand, polish and wax it the next day. If it comes out whiter than the rest of the boat it’ll usually even out after a few months.
     
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    That’s NOT a gel coat situation. That’s full on glass repair. Not trying to be an asshole but when you see mat you’re well beyond gel coat.
     
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    G-Spot

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    Seems like a little dramatic answer like it’s structural… it’s 1/8” thick gel coat in a corner where it’s prone to be thicker… Super simple repair… get some gel coat, hardener and some micro balloons. Micro balloons look like lightweight fine sand… they are filler product to thicken and make it spreadable…. Mix a tablespoon of gel coat add hardner, slowly thicken with micro balloons to desired thickness… use a small artist spatula to fill and make the repair… leave it a little high…. Once it hardens fine sand paper and viola! Done…. 15-20 minutes and your done… If it’s low when done repeat… if it’s only a tiny bit low, use straight gel coat and skip the balloons…

    very easy… craft store or hobby store for a small artist spatula is a great tool for doing small repairs like this…
     
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    What would you suggest they do with the glass? Looks like gel coat got chipped off it is all.

    Gonna lay some biax on that?
    Bias, 15 layers of roving, followed by some csm, then finish with some fabric and finally sand it for 6 days to bring it back down and then apply gel coat… 😜
     

    EJ Swanny

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    Put a sticker over it to keep the sun off the fiberglass and buy more gear. Its a battle scar.
    Yeah, I hear ya....the problem is I'll run out of stickers after a while. For better or worse, I like to fix things right, and ASAP. It's probably cost me more than it's worth (not probably, it has). I do appreciate all the input, thanks all.......
     

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