dings in gelcoat

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  1. moetuna

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    Hello , Got a ding in my dark green gelcoat from anchor swing on windlass . Was wondering what to use for repair . Any thoughts ? Thank you
     
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    Dark green gelcoat......
     
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    I would start with a gelcoat service such as Spectrum. At the same time I would order a tube, (2 oz) each of white, yellow, red, and blue pigment. Some companies offer a Kit with several colors. Once you receive your order you then try a test area to see how well the base from SPECTRUM matches your existing gelcoat. From there you tweak the color with the tubes of pigment. I will tell you from experience that the dry gelcoat will be darker than the uncured gelcoat. I can also tell you that you might get a damn good match, but you will always be able to find the repair unless the boat is BRAND NEW!

    Here is one place you can get gelcoat. Boat Gel Coat Repair - iboats.com
     
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    Another thought is to put striker plates in the area the anchor hits. These plates can be stainless steel, fiberglass or whatever. I would think you have been very lucky to only have ONE ding from the anchor.
    Put a striker plate on each side of the bow. Remember, no one will know the difference as long as the striker plates look like they belong!
     
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    Have you considered applying a Salt Life sticker to the affected area?
     
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    Amen brother, a well placed decal has hidden many a ding!!!
     
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  7. moetuna

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    I know , I know
     
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    My boat is a Jason . Its not even listed in Spectrum base coat to get started
     
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    No it is not listed, have you seen any other boats that are the same color as yours that is on the list? Look for boats built in the same area as a Jason such as a Cape Dory: Spectrum Color C-Dory, 2000-2010, Green Color Boat Gel Coat Gallon

    Or you can start from scratch with NEUTRAL GELCOAT and some green pigment and work it up from there. I'm just trying to give you an easy place to start.
     
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    Thank you for your help . good stuff .
     
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    leave it dings give the boat character
     
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    So, I got the gelcoat . Need to pick up some measuring things and MEKP . Any thoughts on prep ? Should I grind some or just clean the ding with solvent before starting ?
     
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    Is it a big chip or a little chip does it go all the way to your glass if it’s a smaller chip mix up small amount of gelcoat wait to it starts to gel up apply it to the area with a very small brush or q-tip built it up higher then the hull once its kicked sand it down 220 to you get close to flush then 400 and finish with 800 wet sand compound buff out gone done if the chip has sharp edges it will help to grind out with a small Dremel blow out with air gun clean with acetone before gelcoat
     
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    Pictures always help if you have any?
     
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    If I saw those after a night out on the town I just might give up.:eek:
     
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    the most IMPORTANT thing I can tell you is: DO NOT MAKE THE DING ANY LARGER THAN IT ALREADY IS!!! You might want to show a picture of the ding but otherwise, tape the area of the ding off with blue tape, scrape, (clean), it out with a knife, chisel or sandpaper and fill it up. You can try smoothing it with a squeegee or putting plastic wrap on it before it gels. But the biggest mistake most amateurs make is making the repair bigger than it needs to be!!!
     
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    The chip is small but it is through the gelcoat to the glass . I will clean it, tape it , and sand it out to 1200 , and buff . As soon as I can get at it with all this $%^& snow .
    Thank you all for your help .
     
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    Thank you for that . I have some dark green gelcoat from FGCI out of florida . Ive yet to see how close it will be but the area is very small .
     
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