Easiest/Quickest Fix for Crack in Gelcoat

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by cchandler0409, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. cchandler0409

    cchandler0409 Well-Known Member

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    Alright I have been getting some help on my fender fix and still need to fix the crack it left in the boat. It hasn't been a week since my boat has left the boatyard repairing the same thing on a much larger scale (1" wide by 4' long) and it makes me sick to have to bring it back for another costly repair. Due to where the crack is I am not worried about the look but just don't want it to get larger. What are my options? The crack is only about 3/4"long and 1/2" wide this time.
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  2. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

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    clean it out and marine tex and wet sand

    or get some gel coat paste amd match
    and wet sand

    u can do this urself
     

  3. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    It may just be the angle but it looks like you might have some minor structural damage there and not just chipped gelcoat. How deep is it?
     
  4. cchandler0409

    cchandler0409 Well-Known Member

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    When you say clean it out I assume you are talking about cleaning out the broken pieces and cracks, as in remove them from the area until the edges of the gelcoat are solid pieces? I just want to make sure before I dive in head first.
     
  5. cchandler0409

    cchandler0409 Well-Known Member

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    I do not think there is any damage to the glass. Everything seems to be in order underneath the gelcoat, no cracking, flaking, or pealing.
     
  6. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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  7. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

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    Yes. dremel works well no chips allowed
     
  8. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

    It appears to be a previous repair judging by the blue coloring around the area.
    It also looks like an air void.
    Marine tex will work but theres much better options now for the same amount of money.
     
  9. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

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    the suspense is killin me!
     
  10. cchandler0409

    cchandler0409 Well-Known Member

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    Yes there was a repair a 2 weeks ago. Same thing on a much larger scale. Probably a repair before that as well by previous owner. Which is why I pulled my fenders off in search of a solution for that as well.
     
  11. cchandler0409

    cchandler0409 Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully tomorrow. Work is crazy at the moment.