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Old 04-02-2006, 01:49 PM   #1
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I've been polishing the rig and found some spider cracks in the Filon just above and in front of the driver's window. Upon closer inspection, I think the prior owner had a close encounter with the driver mirror since I see some less-than-fantastic gelcoat work in the small strip between the driver's window and the windhshield trim, and around the mirror base. There is another hairline crack running from the rear of the mirror base up to the window (about 2 inches).

No big deal since it is unseen unless you get really close but do wonder if water can get into those tiny cracks. I've never done gelcoat repairs. Anyone else here found similar cracks in the Filon and, if yes, what, if anything, did you do?
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I've been polishing the rig and found some spider cracks in the Filon just above and in front of the driver's window. Upon closer inspection, I think the prior owner had a close encounter with the driver mirror since I see some less-than-fantastic gelcoat work in the small strip between the driver's window and the windhshield trim, and around the mirror base. There is another hairline crack running from the rear of the mirror base up to the window (about 2 inches).

No big deal since it is unseen unless you get really close but do wonder if water can get into those tiny cracks. I've never done gelcoat repairs. Anyone else here found similar cracks in the Filon and, if yes, what, if anything, did you do?
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Gary - On the boats I have owned stress cracks were very, very common on the gel coat (and maybe deeper) and were never a cause for alarm in and of themselves; of course my fiberglas was anywhere from 1/4" to 1.5" thick depending on where on the boat you looked. Fiberglas is not very elastic and it will just crack when it can't move. I suspect Filon has the same inelastic properties.

Probably the key issue is how deep is the crack - if it does not penetrate throught the Filon, then no biggie. But how to determine this - I don't know. Maybe the most prudent thing is to seal up the crack with either gel coat or maybe a thin/narrow ribbon of epoxy resin. I really like epoxy resin - it is strong and easy to work with. Mix up a little and use a little stick or piece of plastic to wipe it in the groove.
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Thanks for the suggestions, John. I had a white boat once and I did get some stress cracks. My current boat is a Ranger and they do build tough boats...8 yrs. old and never seen a stress crack.

I've got some Evercoat 2 part epoxy I got from West Marine. I may give it a try.
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