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Old 01-30-2012
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Shark 24 Keel

Just got my first boat, an old shark 24! In addition to this being my first boat, its also my first restoration...Unfortunately the keel is in need of some TLC.

Essentially I have one week to get the bottom all squared up before she's water-bound again.

From the research I've done it seems to me the best approach is to sandblast the keel white, then immediately apply a base layer of epoxy. Any recommendations as to what to use for the base layer? Is something like WEST systems alright, or is a zinc enriched epoxy necessary?

Moving on to a filler, again is WEST ok? and how many coats is recommended?

Many people claim to use a notched squeegee or trowel to apply the epoxy, and then fill in between the created lines? is this necessary?

Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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