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Old 02-04-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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Fiberglass CHIP repair (front)

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Last trip we suffered rock damages sufficient to replace left WS and as seen below 2 hefty buggers missed our WS but carved craters in the FG.


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Hard to tell what size those are. Do you need to repair or just touch up the paint?

If there is fiberglass damage, I'd use a fiberglass repair kit from an auto parts store and repaint the front end. The problem I see is the damage is confined to a small area, but you have to expand the repair beyond the edge of the damage to get a good fix.

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If it was mine I would probably fill it with Bondo and touch it up with a spray can. Bondo sands pretty easy so you should be able to flair the patch easily.

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I also would go the Bondo route. Very easy to use
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Bondo is ok, but preparation is the secret!! Take some 180 grit dry sandpaper to "rough up" the area; this gives the bondo or other resin based product some "tooth" to hold it on to the area securely. Also, REMOVE ALL WAX / SILICONE materials that may have been used in the past to polish the front end. To do this, I use either some isopropyl alcohol or a product called "Turpenoid" which is a turpentine derivative. Have a hair dryer handy and warm (not hot) the general area to be a catalyst for the adhesion process. Use some isopropyl on a finger to help "blend" the edges to feather them onto the parent surrounding material. Allow it to cure for the recommended time, plus another day! Sanding then can proceed with 220 / 400 wet. Use warm water with a few drops of dish-washing liquid mixed in; gives the sandpaper some lubricant to help with smoothing the whole area perfectly! I use a spray can of gray primer shot through a small 3" hole cut in a piece of shirt cardboard held a few inches above the target area. When dry, you can easily check the area for smoothness with a light held on the edge of the area. Sanding again with the 220/440 wet until the high spots disappear. Then finish away with color/clear. Good luck!!
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I would use Marine Tex fiberglass filler available at West Marine. It is available in white and grey and you activate it by mixing the supplied catalyst. It is much easier to work with than regular fiberglass and can be mixed in very small quantities. It is used on FG boats to repair structural pieces so is extremely strong and can be easily sanded. Good luck

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