Flexable crack filler?
Posted by: rblturtle on Jan-03-13 6:46 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
I started a new thread from the fiberglass one. I'm looking for a low viscosity,flexable,clear sealer to fill and seal gellcoat cracks. Yes I know they are considered cosmetic only.
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- Flexable crack filler? - rblturtle - Jan-03-13 6:46 AM
As explained in the other thread...|
Posted by: bnystrom on Jan-03-13 7:16 AM (EST)
...it's a waste of time. More than likely, whatever you smear into the cracks won't seal them and is likely to make the boat look worse than if you just left the cracks alone. If you're determined to do something, make sure you use a sealer that does NOT contain silicone, as silicone residue makes other repairs very difficult.
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Posted by: g2d on Jan-03-13 7:17 AM (EST)
and other Solarez products.
I have to say, though, that the spider cracks I've had on my boats were very thin, and water or alcohol were the only clear, flexible liquids that had a chance of getting into those cracks.
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Posted by: pblanc on Jan-03-13 8:25 AM (EST)
I recently acquired an old Bell Black Gold Wildfire hull that has a lot of spidering in the clear gel coat, especially at the stems, which is to the extent that I am concerned the gel will start to chip off over time.
In a thread somewhere in the archives here, Charlie Wilson mentioned the type of clear polyester gel coat that was used on Bell Black Gold boats, and is apparently now used on Placid boats. You could contact him and ask about it if you are interested.
I found a lot of low viscosity resins that are marketed primarily for the owners of gel coated FRP motorboats, or sail boats, or surf boards. I have decided to try System Three Clear Coat epoxy. This is a two part epoxy that is very low viscosity. I have tried applying it to some wood thus far (which has worked very well) but it is now too cold to apply to the boat. System Three advocates using this product for initial repair of gel coat blistering.
The System Three Clear Coat is almost watery thin when mixed and I think it will penetrate spider cracks as well as anything will. But it won't cure at all at temps below 50 degrees F, requires 3 days or more to fully cure, does not incorporate a UV blocker, and might blush when exposed to water even after it is fully cured. I am anticipating applying 2 or 3 light coats to the hull, then wet sanding and covering with a varnish or clear poly for UV protection.
I am also going to try it on wood trim, again covered with varnish, on the deck plates, thwarts, seat frame and possibly the gunwales. But I can't give you a report as yet on how well it works on the boat.
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Posted by: rblturtle on Jan-03-13 11:27 AM (EST)
I know I may be making Much adoo about nothing ,but it bothers me.
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Posted by: BNystrom on Jan-04-13 7:22 AM (EST)
...Let It Go.
It's just a fact of life of owning a fiberglass kayak.
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If you must|
Posted by: Jaybabina on Jan-04-13 8:25 AM (EST)
fill the cracks for mental peace, how about exterior or marine varnish. Paint it over the cracks and give it 10 minutes or so, then wipe off any on the surface. You can even do that a few times.This way it's thin enough to travel into the cracks and will not be a mess on the surface if it gets wiped clean.
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