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  • best way to repair a chip in gelcoat

    I think new-to-me 231 must have been dinged by a pebble (chip is smaller than my pinky nail) when I long-distance-towed it home. I have some of the gelcoat in a package provided by the seller but I know there are also 3rd party patch products.

    The hull is in pristine condition for a 29 year old boat, and I would like to keep it that way.

    What's the consensus on an intelligent way to repair this, resulting in a quality-looking but not necessarily perfect repair?

    Thanks
    Bill Murphy

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    I use white Marinetex. Sometimes I clean out the chip with a Dremel. The marintex can be smoothed out nice by wetting your finger.
    Chris Miller[br]Mystic Islands, NJ[br]1974 17 Classic[br]1988 211 Classic (sold)[br]1990 Grady White 230 Gulfstream (sold)[br][img][br]

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    • #3
      Bad thing with Marinetex is that it discolors over time. Trying to match the original gelcoat color is a challenge too.
      Keyman[br]Paoli, PA

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by keyman


        Bad thing with Marinetex is that it discolors over time. Trying to match the original gelcoat color is a challenge too.



        The marinetex looks easy enough. I just watched a youtube video on patching gel coat; a bit more complicated but not bad. I think I will try to figure out if the original patch kit matches and, if so, try that.
        Bill Murphy

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