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Old 08 August 2013, 10:31   #1
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Should I use my RIB?

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I have just bought a 6m RIB, and while it is sound it has a few pea sized holes in the Gel Coat, down to the fiberglass, which are below the waterline. Until I get them fixed, do you think using it will cause any further damage due to water ingress in to the fiberglass/gelcoat, or should it be OK. I won't be leaving it in the water, so I'm hoping I can get out and play on it sooner rather than later.

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Old 08 August 2013, 10:39   #2
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You don't want to get sea water in the mat, for a quick fix you can use gelcoat filler, but a proper job is thin layers of gelcoat followed by a final coat of flowcoat.

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Old 08 August 2013, 11:34   #3
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Thanks Whisper, I should hold off then for the sake of not causing issues to the matting. Gutted, as the gelcoat guy quoted 2 weeks before he can get to it.
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This is a job you could do yourself, and get out the next day, If you get one of those diy gel coat packs, just give the small area's a clean out and apply your mix, you could make a little practice mix first, only add a very small amount of hardener/catalist 2or3% in this warm weather.
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Single layer of flowcoat in the chips would waterproof it if you aren't up to doing a final job, then take it to you gel coat man in 2 weeks and he can do the final job.
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Thanks for the info, I chose not to go out, and there is someone coming to fix it this week. I know I won't be happy with it if I did it myself. Can't wait to get out on it now.
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I would invest in a Dremmel type tool with a round cutting head and clean each little hole out leaving a slight undercut on each hole to act as a key. Most marine stores sell Plastic Padding Gel coat repairer which is a small tube of two pack epoxy filler in white. Follow the instructions in mixing it and it cures in an hour to allow you to sand it down.

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