I've been trying to find some colored gel coat to match my Sand (tan) colored Mad River Canoe. I have a LOT of repairs to make. I probably need about a pint.
I know about color-matching repair kits and am not interested because they have to be color-matched each time you make a new batch and they cost too much - especially since I've only seen them in packaging measured in ounces.
Before I head up to Hamilton Marine in Portland ME on my way to Mt. Katahdin next week, does anyone have a good on-line source?
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Likely the color has faded or changed|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-06-14 12:51 PM (EST)
over time. I got some gel coat from Swift to match my then five year old canoe. It was the same color.
Posted by: magooch on Mar-06-14 2:30 PM (EST)
Use your search engine to look for Gel Coat, or Fiberglass products and you'll find a number of them. One problem I have found is that polyester gel coat is readily available in smaller quantities, but so far I haven't been able to find vinyl ester (what I need) in less than a quart. And I was told by someone at one of the distributors that vinyl ester has a much shorter shelf life than polyester. So my plan is to go to the boat manufacturer and see if they will sell me a small amount; it's just a couple of hours away.
One reason is that vinyl ester is |
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-06-14 9:14 PM (EST)
usually made for high end applications where shelf life is not an issue.
That's easy to say...|
Posted by: BNystrom on Mar-07-14 6:59 AM (EST)
...but sanding off the gelcoat and recoating an entire hull is a huge job! It's certainly something that an average DIYer is going to want to attempt.
Posted by: CEWilson on Mar-07-14 8:21 AM (EST)
Mad River Canoe used[s] polyester gel. I have a protocol I'll gladly share on gel repairs.
Support the right to keep and bear |
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-07-14 3:01 PM (EST)
Call Mad River|
Posted by: jaybabina on Mar-07-14 4:28 PM (EST)
They may have some if it's a stock color that's still used. It won't match (nothing will) but might be close enough to spruce the boat up a bit after some repairs.
Sand. Paint. Repeat in a few years.|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Mar-07-14 4:41 PM (EST)
Posted by: c2g on Mar-07-14 5:53 PM (EST)
Jamestown Distributors has a few colors, but the smallest size is a quart.
Gel Coat Design|
Posted by: zerbe on Mar-10-14 4:24 PM (EST)
I made some white on white repairs that don't match-up. Next time, I may use a contrasting color and try to carve a design, incorporating the repairs.
If the new gelcoat is whiter...|
Posted by: BNystrom on Mar-11-14 7:15 AM (EST)
...it will probably blend over time as it becomes stained, scratched and yellowed. Lightly wet sanding the old gelcoat around it will typically blend it, but be careful if your boat has thin gelcoat. If you want to see what's possible on a boat with thick gelcoat, check this out:
Posted by: CEWilson on Mar-11-14 9:46 AM (EST)
Bell's Almond gel was a precise match for a readily available spray paint color. One could patch with Bondo, sand smooth, then spray to match.
Swift Canoe "Champagne"|
Posted by: openboater on Mar-13-14 6:22 PM (EST)
I use Swift Champagne colored