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Old 08-15-2012   #1
Boulder, Colorado
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Gel Coat Repair

Hi All:
I have a 16' Romany sea kayak that needs gel coat repair to the hull. Anyone have recommendations on where (or where NOT) to have it done?

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Old 08-15-2012   #2
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Doing it yourself is very easy. There is a very large selection of colors to chose from. Find one that matches as close as you can. Buy the amount you need. A little (pint) goes a long way. Mix the hardener in and brush on. If you have any structural damage you will need to fix that using resin and fiberglass mesh first. You will also need to do this if you have any leaks as the gel coat wont be completely water proof on its own. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-16-2012   #3
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Thanks for the info. I'm still considering doing the job myself but would like to see what someone more experienced would want to get it done.
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Old 08-16-2012   #4
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I pretty sure there aren't any kayak shops in the state that offer that type of repair service. You can buy everything you need at Plasticare off of S. Santa Fe and Oxford. And, you can get quailty how to info from them.

If you are looking for for someone else to do it for you, try giving some of the bigger water ski places and see if they know of anyone who repairs fiberglass boat hulls.

This forum is mostly surfed by folks paddling rubber or plastic boats. Only a handful of us paddle glass boats. Squirters are do it yourselfers and racers don't care what it looks like as long as it keeps out water. Good luck, but don't be surprized if it looks like a patch job when your finished. The orginal builder is usally the only one who will give it the TLC it takes to make it look new and if you really want a pro job you might need to take it home to get fixed.
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Old 08-16-2012   #5
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I used to fix my fiberglass boat when I was a kid. We would sand it afterwards with a drill sander. I hate to think how much fiberglass dust I inhaled.
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