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Old 10 September 2014, 12:00   #1
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Damaged hull can I still go out to play?

Hi Folks,

I damaged my hull at the weekend (don't ask me how) in the wetline on the chime as per photo. The chip in the gelcoat has exposed the fibre glass behind it.

I keep the boat on a trailer and the hull will get repaired by the professionals next week however I want to go out this weekend would it be ok to take it out for 1 day with the fibreglass exposed or should I do a temporary repair with a product like this

Plastic Padding Plastic Padding - Gelcoat Filler - Only 11.95 - Force 4 Chandlery

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Old 10 September 2014, 12:10   #2
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Defo temp repair or the matting will absorb lots of the wet salty stuff in no time

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That looks a little hollow there between the gel and lay up. Or is it just the pic ?
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Car body filler would be a decent enough temp fix, set in a few minutes. Not really intended to be water proof but good enough. Easy enough to remove properly.

Now you know we need to know... ....how?
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Keen eyes Nugent, that does look like a void.... The resin and matt are shines rather that white which is the give away....
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Old 10 September 2014, 15:27   #6
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Keen eyes Nugent, that does look like a void.... The resin and matt are shines rather that white which is the give away....
Edd, not sure what you mean chaps! I can't put my finger through the hole?
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Will be ok to take out for the day.
Better to stick some gelcoat filler on the area.
DONT use car body filler - it absorbs water.
Typical area for a void to have been - all you've done is knock it open.

If you're going to the trouble of buying some gelcoat filler why not do the repair yourself, it's only cosmetic damage.
Mask up around the area, apply the filler as per instructions. Once cured sand back going through the grades and finally polishing.
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Wouldn't use it as it is, but a bit of gelcoat filler should do it temporarily. It's a pretty quick job, if it's only temporary.
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Will be ok to take out for the day.
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DONT use car body filler - it absorbs water.
So it'd be better to use it for the day than with a bit of P38?

If it needs it P40 (the one that forms fibres) is as waterproof as any styrene fibreglass. Its the calcium carbonate they add to the P38 to make it easy sand that absorbs water... In the long term...

That said styrene fibreglass is not water proof... That's why you should cover it. But I was only suggesting something to stop water getting in... Duck tape?
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For the time it would take to temporary repair I'd buy some 2 part Plastic Padding Gel coat filler and do it properly. Use a dremel and hollow the chip out a little. This will reveal fresh sub structure in which to bond the filler and allow you to taper and clean the edges in preparation of filling the hole.
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