Fiberglass Boat Repairs Illustrated by Roger Marshall

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By Roger Marshall

Step-by-step colour picture suggestions for repairing and renewing fiberglass boats
in case you don't have the adventure of operating with fiberglass, any upkeep in your boat has to be performed through high-cost pros or left undone. This entry-level advisor makes use of full-color, step by step picture sequences and line drawings to give you with the fundamentals in an simply digested shape. you are going to find out how to: * get a better price and time doing all of your personal fiberglass maintenance * enhance the price, visual appeal, and security of your boat * paintings with fabrics resembling polyester, epoxy, fiberglass, carbon fiber, and center fabrics * repair tense leaks; fix cracks; repair gelcoat; fabricate new parts

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The process is described in Chapter 4. Gelcoat putty is sold in both air-inhibited and non-air-inhibited formulations. For surface repairs you want the latter. Unreinforced gelcoat may be too brittle to fill a deeper gouge, however. For that you can use a thickened polyester putty such as Bondo or a marine-specific equivalent, or you can thicken polyester resin to a putty-like consistency using many of the fillers described below for use with epoxy. Build your filler in thin layers and finish with regular gelcoat to bring the finished surface level with the surrounding area.

5) A close-up of the impact area. Notice how each impact has created its own crater in broken gelcoat and fiberglass. On this cored hull, the core in the damaged area may have to be replaced. 6 (6) When looking for impact damage to a boat, walk around the entire hull and look closely at all surfaces. Damage to this 56-foot yacht doesn’t show up when you look squarely at the topsides. You have to view the topsides from an angle in order to discern the large area of impact damage, which a surveyor has enclosed with a chalk outline.

Wear a dust mask or respirator when using them. Microballoons. Phenolic microballoons are a low-density filler material that gives a brown cast to the mixture. They are classified as a bulking agent, giving bulk but little strength to the mix. Typically, you can mix 15% to 20% by weight of mi- 1 Materials Granted, you can purchase a prethickened epoxy putty such as Marine-Tex, but if you need epoxy for coating and laminating as well as for fairing, filling, and bonding, you can save money and get good results by making your own putty from the epoxy you have on hand and a variety of additives that are available for this purpose.

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