I have a 10 year old fiberglass (Impex) kayak that has several spider cracks that I would like to repair. I do not have the facility to keep this boat indoors over the winter to complete this project.
Can anyone recommend someone that could complete these repairs for me in NY/NJ/CT area?
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Posted by: AdrianRoth on Dec-24-12 6:07 PM (EST)
The people at the Jersey Paddler in Brick, NJ, might be able to help you.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Dec-24-12 6:18 PM (EST)
CT Outdoors, Waterbury CT did some excellent repairs to my QCC that had some spider cracks. Talk to Dave.
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Posted by: bnystrom on Dec-25-12 7:48 PM (EST)
Posted by: shiraz627 on Dec-26-12 5:39 AM (EST)
When I asked Steve at QCC about the spider cracks he told me not to worry about them unless they are letting in water. When I suspected the boat was leaking I did a dye test indicating there were some problems with the gel coat in the bow area that had been previously repaired.
Gelcoat should not be the water barrier|
Posted by: bnystrom on Dec-26-12 7:25 AM (EST)
A quality repair should be watertight before the gelcoat is applied.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Dec-26-12 11:55 AM (EST)
"A quality repair should be watertight before the gelcoat is applied."
Posted by: bnystrom on Dec-27-12 7:30 AM (EST)
Gelcoat is a cosmetic top coat. It's only real purposes are to protect the laminate underneath and to look pretty. If the laminate itself is not waterproof, the boat is not built correctly. There should be sufficient resin in the layup to fully fill the gaps in the fabrics used in the layup and completely encapsulate the fibers. Resin-starved layups are not only leaky, they're weak.
Posted by: rblturtle on Jan-02-13 6:46 AM (EST)
I know gellcoat creack are just cosmetic,but my concern is water must get in and then be trapped and not dry easily causing future problems. They open during stress on the water letting water in,and close up when racked for storage.When they are repaired with resin or super glue,they just crack again soon. Is there something flexable one can seal them up with?
Hydrolysis can cause weakening and|
Posted by: ezwater on Jan-03-13 7:34 AM (EST)
blisters with some polyester resins. You can read about hydrolysis on the West Epoxy website.
my impex spider crack experience|
Posted by: jesse59 on Dec-26-12 4:31 PM (EST)
My force 5 is about 8 years old and has some spider cracks in the hull. It's absolutely nothing to worry about. It developed these probably 4 years ago and I've had no issues with water entry or gelcoat chipping, bubbling or peeling away.
Posted by: LeeG on Dec-28-12 6:53 PM (EST)
If the laminate is soft, damage evident on the inside or letting water in otherwise cracks are a cosmetic repair that can end up costing $100's.
Posted by: alistair on Jan-01-13 10:26 PM (EST)
These are cosmetic only, but I want to repair before they become worse.
They typically don't get worse|
Posted by: bnystrom on Jan-03-13 7:06 AM (EST)
As I explained, they occur in areas that flex. Once they form, they pretty much stay in those areas and don't spread. They don't generally widen, either. Unless you happen to damage the glass an area that has spider cracks and need to do a repair anyway, they really aren't worth fixing. If you're really determined to do it, either learn to repair it yourself or you can plan on spending hundreds of dollars per year on repeated gelcoat repairs that just crack again anyway.
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Posted by: LeeG on Jan-04-13 5:01 AM (EST)
Paying to have cosmetic gel coat cracks removed is like getting t-shirts dry cleaned and ironed.
Posted by: rblturtle on Jan-02-13 8:56 AM (EST)
Most of the cracks in gellcoat I have seen go all the way down to the first outer fabric layer-you can see that if you push the hull out from the inside to open them up,so water must be getting there. No,the boat doesn't leak as the fabric layers are fine. I was looking for a clear,low viscosity,flexable sealer? All my boats have vynelester gelcoat.