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Old 25-05-2020, 16:00   #1
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Bottom job contessa 26. Uhhh what now?

Howdy! Im new to sailing and this site but Im hoping to get a little advice on what to do next. I have been geinding out some blisters on the hull of my contessa 26. The port side was riddled with little blisters deep in the glass where the fiber glass mat meets the cloth. The starboard side had only a few small blisters just below the gell coat. Would it be better to strip the whole port side and lay some new glass? Any advice is appreciated. Im probably in over my head lol
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Old 25-05-2020, 18:44   #2
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Re: Bottom job contessa 26. Uhhh what now?

Osmosis can be extensive. This is a good resource to gain knowledge on the subject.
https://www.westsystem.com/wp-conten...Prevention.pdf
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You will be a fiberglass expert by the time you are done with that project......there are some good Youtube videos about fiberglass repairs to osmosis blisters, worth watching some. Generally you will want to grind down to the level of any delaminations or pockets that ooze liquid, and feather out the area to good glass. Rinse well and allow to get fully dry, then glass with patches starting with small pieces inside the bevelled area, moving to larger ones until you are flush with the original hull. Grind and fair, repeat as needed. Good luck.
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