Thread: Gel Coat repair
10-09-2007, 08:26 AM #1
Gel Coat repair
I have a small ding in the gel coat.
Any recommendations on a decent repair kit?
10-09-2007, 09:26 AM #2
check out flamingo
I had a "ding" on the gtx, I went to flamingo, they set me up with the color code and then had the gel coat "kit" sent directly to my house. They dont keep that stuff in stock, but were more than helpful making sure i had the right stuff. Color matched really well, unfortunately i thought my patch job looked like sh$# due to the craftsmens skill set at the time. (Yup that'd be me.)
10-09-2007, 07:52 PM #3
http://www.gelcote.com/ i bought mine here. perfect match.
what color are you looking for??? if its black, alot of people have used black epoxy spray paint. it comes out really nice, not perfect, but definintely good. and it doesnt cost much at all.
epoxy appliance paint at home depot.
10-09-2007, 07:55 PM #4
yeah its black. I jsut want to prevent it from cracking further.
thanks for the tip
10-09-2007, 07:58 PM #5
10-09-2007, 08:00 PM #6
Scott, I have some left over. You can use it if you want if you come up my way this weekend.
10-09-2007, 08:02 PM #7
take a picture and post it here. topside or bottomside??? high visibility area? is it cracking or just a ding/scuff.
how much fill do you need?? there are other materials you could use to fill the ding, then finish it off with black spray paint.
i have a few scratches on my hull, bottomside, this winter i plan on spray painting them with the appliance paint, i am sure i can get it to blend in nicely.
unless you are familiar with gelcoat repairs and can do it yourself it can be pretty pricey to get even a small repair taken care of by a professional.
10-09-2007, 08:05 PM #8
does the gelcoat on the bottom side hold up well like it should (keeping it in a heated garage all the time...) or is it best to wax it once a summer or so (i did all the topsides but havent gotten to the bottom)
10-09-2007, 08:13 PM #9
Well I am surprised nobody has been able to put my gelcoat inquire to the my splash guard install. LOL
Yeah the first hole I drilled niched the black gel coat. It didn't go all the way thru jsut the gel coat. Want to bond it to hopefully prevent any spiderwebbing.
in a non-visible area
the exact diameter is 3/16 inch and nearly perfectly round.
Last edited by bruinsrme; 10-09-2007 at 08:15 PM.
10-09-2007, 08:34 PM #10
I have be thinking of repairing gelcoat with black tinted epoxy resin, but have not ran this idea across West System (work has been too busy). I am thinking epoxy would be better than gelcoat because of the durability, and ease of application, plust cost is another factor, $85 dollar a quart is more expensive than $80 a gallon. Epoxy resin is waterproof unlike polyester resin which slowly disolves in water, this is why a gelcoat is applied to the outside of most boats.
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