epoxy with graphite bottem coat over gell??

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by david_kohler, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. david_kohler

    david_kohler I Love microskiff.com!

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    I want to put the west systems graphite epoxy on the bottem of the boat. I've heard that epoxy won't stick to gel coat so how is this done? Because it's a coating and not a structual bond do you just ruff the gel with 40-60 grit and apply? Thanks in advance for the help.
     
  2. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    You heard wrong.

    For a utility boat fix any cracks or gouges that should be fixed. Clean with a wax remover/degreaser, sand, clean again, apply epoxy/graphite, go test on oyster bar.
     

  3. david_kohler

    david_kohler I Love microskiff.com!

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    Thanks for the quick responce. oysters are the reason it's going on ;D
     
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  5. david_kohler

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    I wonder if you could do both of them together. Maybe 3/4 aluminum and 1/4 graphite. I do gig a lot and have to pull the boat over sandbars to get to some way back spots, so I was liking the slickness of graphite. Thanks for the input!
     
  6. DuckNut

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    Sand is an entirely different game altogether. Nothing makes a hull slide over sand easier for some reason and I can not tell you why, it just doesn't work. Mud, yes - sand, no.

    You can use any concoction that you wish.