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Old 07-30-2010
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Advice on glassing in wood keel spacer block

I am restoring a 45' sailboat that has a wooden spacer block between the hull and the lead keel. I want to glass in the wood spacer to protect it from moisture. I plan on using 2 layers of double biased 17 oz glass cloth and epoxy resin. I will overlap the hull joint with about 2 to 3" of glass - and do the same on the upper section of the lead keel where it meets the lower section of the wood spacer.

Does the lead keel need any type of pretreatment(other than grinding the 2 to 3" overlap area) before I apply the glass ? After this is done I will fair it out - then paint it with 4 to 5 coats of Interlux 2000 2 part epoxy barrier paint. Does the unglassed portion of the lead keel need any pretreatment or primer to make sure the Interlux 2000 adheres well to the bare lead?

I'd appreciate any advice/recommendations

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