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Old 21 November 2009, 09:14   #1
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Scratched Bottom

Took the boat out of the water a few weeks ago, only to find a couple of scratches and a bit of a gouge on the hull. Popped into the local chandlery and they suggested the best thing was some marine (fiberglass) filler.

My main concerns with this are:

a) will it do the job in the long run?

b) will it look batchy and/or need a gel coating or some sort of protection?

Any wise words of wisdon that can be shared?

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Old 21 November 2009, 12:57   #2
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Hi Matt.
You want to use "Gelcoat filler" as opposed to "marine filler". Its pretty easy to use. Grind/sand the scratch so the edges are nice and smooth, put some filler in, let it go off, abrade it back with some wet and dry, finish off with some cutting compound. If you do it well you shouldn't be able to see it.

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Old 21 November 2009, 13:38   #3
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yeh, gell coat filler from Plasic padding I think. Excellent stuff for scratches etc.


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