I know there are all kinds of threads on repairing glass, but I still want some opinions on how to proceed. I am planning on painting the lazarette hatch
covers that double as seating in the cockpit
of my 84 Hunter
31, then putting a synthetic teak
down on the sole. (Amerateak?) One of the hatches has a bit of de-laminated gelcoat
that sticks out a bit, and catches skin or clothing
, so I obviously need to repair it, but, on closer examination, after removing the hatch
, the area of de-lamination is larger than I thought, about 4 inches by 2. There are a couple more small areas where the gelcoat
has separated along the bottom edge, but you wouldn't notice it without the unit being removed.
Here is a plan. In the areas where there is separation, but nothing showing, I thought I might gently wedge apart the de-lamination, opening about 2 mm, then gravity feeding some liquid epoxy
into opening, allow it to settle into the gap, remove the wedge, then lightly clamp it until cure, clean, sand, then paint
. In the area where there is gelcoat sticking out, I thought I might grind out the whole area of delamination
, the apply a filler, possibly bondo. Unless I'm wrong, bondo is a polyester based filler that should work easily, sand well, and take epoxy paint
well. There are all kinds of marine
fillers, so if they have any advantage over bondo, I'm listening.
As another way to proceed, I could grind out a much smaller area of gelcoat, say 1x1 inches, re-laminate the rest of the area using the above method, then fill, sand and paint. sorry for such a long post for such a small repair, but I'm fussy, and hate poor and obvious repairs
on my boat.
Thanks for any input.