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Old 02 September 2010, 12:18   #1
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How do I fix that then?

Bit of damage on the keel protector (believe it's original Ribtec fitting) haven't bothered with it up until now as I was always going to do it 'drekly'
Managed to make it quite a bit worse by smacking it on the bow snubber of the trailer and now need to sort it, water is going to get into that fibreglass otherwise.... but how and with what?
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Old 02 September 2010, 12:29   #2
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Managed to make it quite a bit worse by smacking it on the bow snubber of the trailer..
No way ?!! How did that happen? Did someone nick and put it in the sea?

Cover the whole issue with a flexi keelguard. Brad bought his from the States cheap.Give him a shout.
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Yep, summer is about to begin

Can't put flexi on, by the time that gets here it'll be too late, was hoping to glue down that matting with something then cover with gelcoat?
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Yep, summer is about to begin

Can't put flexi on, by the time that gets here it'll be too late, was hoping to glue down that matting with something then cover with gelcoat?
You can get a keelguard in the UK overnight, I only mentioned the States 'coz I know you're tight.

Woz the rush? You've 'ad the job on dreckly time for months.

To repair it as you've described would be very tricky to get a decent finish.
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Surely a bit of epoxy with some thickener would be fine, then cover it at a later date with keelguard
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Degrease the area, grind back into the glass strands, apply resin to solidify the old glass, infill with some gelcoat until proud of the surface, sand it back almost flush then work down the grades of wet n dry until level and finally use a cutting paste to gloss it up.
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Thanks guys, I don't think I can use Keelguard, the strip on there is 8" wide and is about 8-10mmm deep so I'd need at least an inch extra either side to overlap, I'm concerned about water ingress into that exposed matting as well. I'll give JW's method a go, then buy some keelguard when I've cocked it up!
Gaffa Tape! There's a searider gathering on the way
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I'm not bad at GRP repairs, but I reckon I'd struggle to do a tidy job there. The problem being, when you come to sell the boat, you'll not acheive your usual 300% mark-up if that area looks bodged.

Weird that they've added that band.
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I'm not bad at GRP repairs, but I reckon I'd struggle to do a tidy job there. The problem being, when you come to sell the boat, you'll not acheive your usual 300% mark-up if that area looks bodged.

Weird that they've added that band.
Ah, well I am bad at GRP repairs so seems I'm definately going to struggle then. Had plenty of practice with gellcoat though (throw a Rib off a trailer onto a pavement, it's great ) Was hoping to just 'seal' that exposed matt with the resin and dollop on the gellcoat from there and sand away? Seen other similar age Ribtec's with that guard on, might not look great but it is just a guard I suppose.
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Go on then, slap it on.
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