Gelcoat is the exposed outer surface seen on boats, and can become rough or damaged due to exposure and general “wear and tear” from years of use. It’s designed to prevent UV degradation to the fiberglass and resins that make up the construction of hull and deck, and also provides a cosmetic surface.
Shown in the picture on the left, is an example of some gouges and scratches present on the TACO Marine Project Boat. Because the bow eye hardware was no longer needed, they left some holes after they were removed.
Repair Tip: Instead of using fiberglass cloth to fix large holes, Ship Shape TV and one of our industry partners demonstrates how to use milled chopped fiberglass fibers mixed with a catalyzed resin – a faster and easier repair process.
Repair Tip: Many older boats have seen much wear or abuse like the TACO Marine Project Boat shown here on the left. Our industry partner provided some special filler material and new brush-on style of gelcoat for the Ship Shape TV technician to use on the bow pulpit of the boat
Repair Tip: Part 5 also shows you how your current color of gelcoat can be closely matched, and where to obtain new material for your old or damaged gelcoat. Even gelcoat that is faded or decades old can be closely matched with current technology.
A new gelcoat product shown in this segment has a special ingredient which allows a brush application to flow out into a smoother finish than previous gelcoat products. With a light sanding and buffing, you can create a smoother final finish for your repairs.
For more insights into working with new gelcoats and other makeover tips, watch the latest video below, Part 5 – Gelcoat.