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PostPosted: July 17th, 2016, 8:14 pm 
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Good day everyone,

Pictures: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxpyJ ... kJjcjBXSUU

Just looking to get some input on the repair work I have in front of me. As shown in the picture I have damage on the bow of my canoe and was wondering if a gel coat repair was sufficient or if something else should be added first?

If I go with the gel coat, should I chip at the remaining gel coat that is still covering the fiberglass or just add it on top?

Thanks in advance!


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PostPosted: July 18th, 2016, 2:02 pm 
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When something similar happened to one of my boats I just filled the ding with epoxy. No problems are five or six years. You can get epoxy patch sticks in colour or repair kits at MEC and elsewhere with colour to match (more or less) your boat.


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2019, 12:36 am 
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The straight forward solution is to use epoxy resin which can be thickened with fairing compound or many other things to give the desired consistency. After the repairs are sanded smooth, then some good marine enamel is easy to apply. I just put a 1989 kevlar Old Town back together and she looks like a new boat.


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2019, 11:50 am 
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What is a "gel coat" and "gel coat repair"?

I get the filling and glassing with various options of epoxy etc., but what do people mean by "gel coat" in terms of a home repair?

If I just cleaned, filled, sanded, and glassed some dings (as I've just done), depending on how it looks I could then either cover it with a marine varnish or give it a shot of paint (or maybe I'll just leave as is). Or, is there a different option that people refer to as "gel coat" for a home repair?

I'm assuming that a factory they might apply a "gel coat" when finishing the hull, but in my backyard patch jobs I'd just use some varnish or paint.

Thanks for any clarification.

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PostPosted: August 27th, 2019, 10:07 pm 
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I believe I found my answer in another recent discussion I hadn't noticed - home repairs to gel coat tend to mean painting with various options of marine paint, floor paint, rust paint, etc.

https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... 49&t=42771

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PostPosted: August 28th, 2019, 6:27 am 
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Yes, chip away at any loose gelcoat.

Don't forget to scuff up the layer underneath with sandpaper, esp if it has gloss so that the epoxy will have something rough to bond to.

Once the epoxy + filler mix has cured, sand fair with sandpaper on a block. or a larger board if it is a larger area, to match the lines of the hull.

Paint... maybe the entire hull if you want good looks, in which case the entire thing will have to be washed clean with detergent, rinsed, and sanded before painting.

Have a beer and think about how much money you saved by DIY... enjoy.

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