What should I use???

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by Rediculous, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Rediculous

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    I've sanded down my boat, and now i need to fill some of the imperfections on the hull. What's best to use to fair a fiberglass hull that's gonna be painted with awlgrip ? I'm not really going for perfection, but I also wanna make it look as good as I can in a timely manner.

    I just don't really know anything about this kind of stuff.
     
  2. Rediculous

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    Seriously... All 13 of the people who viewed this, are as ignorant as me???
    I'm googling stuff, but it's all just mumbo jumbo to me. I need the advice of a professional, like a kreepa or a brett...
     

  3. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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  4. Rediculous

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    Thanks DN. The link you posted is saying server error. Does it have a name? Can I get it at a auto supply shop, like Ben's.
     
  5. mark_gardner

    mark_gardner I Love microskiff.com!

    slide on over to walmart and pick up some fiberglass bondo in the automotive section, i've had pretty good luck with it
     
  6. Dadvocate

    Dadvocate If it ain't broke tweak it a little....

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    Not an expert but QuickFair by System three is what alot of guys use on thier Bateau builds. It was easy to mix, spread and sand for me first time use.
     
  7. Rediculous

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    I got some, so I'll try it. But it seems to cure not so smooth and still leaves imperfections. I used it to smooth out the front chines. But I was building up, not trying to smooth out. So I'll give it try. Thanks
     
  8. Rediculous

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    If the bondo glass doesn't work that great, I'll see if Ben's has it in stock. I know the bondo glass isn't exactly easy to sand.
     
  9. jms

    jms don't let common sense get in your way

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    you may want to check the "contents" on that can of "bondo" - what you're looking for is "talc" - if you see that in the contents list don't buy it..."talc" absorbs water...

    "quick fair" is good stuff ;)
     
  10. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    auto bondo is NO GOOD for marine use - period!

    The product I posted is in the putties section www.fgci.com go to online store, puttys- epoxy and polyester, polyester fairing, super poly fill.

    Quick fair is good stuff but expensive.
     
  11. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    x2 on the Bondo, even the fiberglass reinforced body filler will absorb water. I would grind it off to avoid possible cracking issues later on.

    Quickfair is good stuff, but expensive, and you have to sand it down inside a certain time frame or else it will cure hard as a rock and be difficult to work with.

    Assuming the imperfections are very minor, like shallow scratches and not deep gouge marks, then you can use some fairing mix from your local West Marine. Granted it's not my favorite store but it does come in handy at times. I've used West Systems low density filler and it works great. Just mix it with your resin until it's about peanut butter consistency, it sands easily and a little can go a long way.
    http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=14893&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=50218&subdeptNum=50219&classNum=50222#.URukyqU8CSo
     
  12. Rediculous

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    Thanks guys. The bondo glass says it's waterproof on the can, and says it's for marine application. But who knows how true that is... I'll see if talc is in it.
     
  13. blittle

    blittle I Love microskiff.com!

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    How long do you plan to use this boat?

    And what are you covering up the filler with?

    I've used bondo and other lightweight polyester based filler with good luck. The last skiff was heavily fished for over 4 years with no signs of problems when I took a chain saw to it. ;)

    If you cover the bondo or polyester based filler with a good paint or gelcoat and don't plan to keep you boat in the water 100% of the time you should be fine.
     
  14. Rediculous

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    I plan on using the boat until it no longer floats, or I win the lottery. I'm covering with awlgrip, so it should last awhile.
     
  15. Rediculous

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    So I'm thinking... I've got alot of west system expoxy. Can I use this mixed with cabosil as a filler? It'd be super sweet if I could.

    Also... Should I use awlgrip primer?
     
  16. DuckNut

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    That is what I meant by making your own filler. Be prepared because epoxy and cabosil is like sanding concrete, hence why I posted the filler I like.
     
  17. paint it black

    paint it black Paddling away...

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    On the lifeboat repairs, we used a lot of super poly fill. It got the job done quick and easy. But if it was too deep, we first used resin, cabosil, and chop to fill in the void, sanded that down, and then finished off with the super poly fill.
     
  18. blittle

    blittle I Love microskiff.com!

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    I meant, how many times a week or year do you plan on using it?

    Most people are worried about fillers and resin taking on water and they then use their boat 1 or 2 times a year while it sits on a trailer the rest of the time.

    It sounds like you're on the right track. Use the epoxy if you have it. Call the epoxy manufacture and ask them what filler additive they recommend.
     
  19. Rediculous

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    I use the boat about 150 times a year. So it gets used often, which is why I am using awlgrip. Hopefully it turns out decent... We'll see.

    I'm hoping to put on the awlgrip primer in the next couple of days. And getting it painted within a week... Hopefully.

    Thanks for advice everyone.
     
  20. jaythefisherman

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    if you like spending extra money frivolously awlfair is good, bondo is just as good in my opionion , but the gold series if by far better than even west system with cabosil and significantly cheaper,,yes cheaper is better in these situations! and its easier to sand, the awlfair is actually fairly easy to sand, all epoxies fairing compound with the exception of awlgrips spraying highbuild fairing compound are very difficult to sand and leave pits, with bondo gold premium,no small craters, but if they do wet a thin layer of resin over it! :eek: