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Boltsrightup
Posted 4/1/2005 4:18 PM (#7107)
Subject: Gel coat repair


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I have a couple older Spirit Eagles that need some gel coat repair where there are significant cracks on the exterior. I have experience with bondo and fiberglass repair products, but I was wondering if there were any other recommended materials for this application. Thanks in advance.

Bob Davis
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Hack'n
Posted 4/1/2005 7:14 PM (#7108 - in reply to #7107)
Subject: RE: Gel coat repair



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I wouldn't use Bondo or other body fillers as they lack the structural strength of fiberglass cloth and polyester resin repairs. They are normally used to fill holes or dents, whereas resin filled fiberglass cloth (or mat) is a structural medium.
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Posted 4/5/2005 8:21 PM (#7150 - in reply to #7107)
Subject: RE: Gel coat repair


Evercoat makes a gel-coat repair kit with dyes for color matching. The part number is 8000 and usually available at marine/boating stores. Working from the outside, it won't be as smooth as factory (since most gel-coat/fiberglass is laid up from the skin in), but it should be as sturdy.
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