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Old 06-05-2013, 10:54   #16
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Re: Serious Bilge Cracks

You can use some kind of drill roto flex , is kinda something for grind and open cracks , nice for reaching tight spots , around corners etc... striper for gelcoat i dont recommend , many stripers soft polyester resins, when you have the cracks deep open and the surface around free of gelcoat, pour some thin epoxy in the cracks , fill the cracks with thick epoxy mixed with silica and glass the top , finish with epoxy primer or whatever you like it....
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Re: Serious Bilge Cracks

....ps could this rust colored weeping be tainted from the cracked bilge leaking into the lead ballast ( apparently as agreed lead does not rust though ) or is it a polyester resin reaction to moisture in the laminate?
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Re: Serious Bilge Cracks

To be on the safe side, take a strong magnet and see if it is attracted to your keel..........you never know how accurate some of those old manuals are!!!
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....ps could this rust colored weeping be tainted from the cracked bilge leaking into the lead ballast ( apparently as agreed lead does not rust though ) or is it a polyester resin reaction to moisture in the laminate?
Make a pilot hole,, lead is easy to drill, iron tough, or grind deeper and see by yourself .. Smell the spots, smell like vinegar?
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