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Re: to cut or not to cut. that is the question.
On many older boats such hardware was installed by cutting into the section, attaching the hardware and then effecting a gelcoat/FRG repair.
To do the same Id offer that color matching of gel coat and Preval Spray bottles are in your future.
Ref.: Preval Sprayer
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