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    Hull repair

    G'day everyone,

    I am after some advice on how to go about repairing this gouge in my Virage i. I have read the post on repainting the whole ski but I would like to just touch this up.

    Thanks

    Rowdy
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    Looks like the gel coat has taken a good licking. A little gel coat should get you fixed up unless there is a crack or hole in the fiberglass.

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    No holes or cracks and is still water tight

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    You can find a gel coat repair kit on the web it might take two a applications to level out the kit comes with 4 or 5 colors.

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    thanks for the info. Do I use a gel coat filler or just gel coat?

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    I'm curious of the same thing. I did some reading on gel coat repair, but I'm still not feeling confident to tackle it just yet.

    My pump tunnel is pretty chewed up from the impeller.

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    You cant use gelcoat as a filler looks like in your photo you are missing just the gel coat. It is pretty thick I think it gives you 15 min work time before it sets. I had a gouge in my hull I used loctight marine epoxy as a filler then gelcoat over that. Also use fiberglass mat to fill, Try tap plastics on you tube they very good how to videos.

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    Its a pretty big area for filler. I've used the Bondo fiberglass repair kit from the auto parts store with good results. It will set hard, will sand smooth, and take paint easily. Put a couple layers of webbing material from the kit inside the dent and fill with resin. Then run a last layer of webbing across the damaged area, extending over the good area by about 1/2" Let it cure well, at least one day. When it's hard, sand it down, staring with 150 grit, taking it all the way down to about 800 grit. Prime 'n paint.

    There's probably youtube videos on the process.

    My experience with the gel coat filler is that it chips out easily. I had a repair on a corner like yours, and the filler only lasted a couple years. And,it is impossible to get the color dead on with the filler. So, given you have a color match problem either way, I would use the more durable fiberglass resin, then try to match the color with paint.

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    Thanks very much for the help , i will go for a fiberglass repair kit with a gel coat over the top , not too fussed on colour matching as I want to spray the whole ski soon.

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