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post #3 of Old 11-03-2006
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If it has just exposed the laminate, it may be that you just need to repair the gelcoat. You can get a gelcoat repair kit at most marine chandleries. However, if there are cracks radiating away from the chips, then it is likely that it is actually not a chip but impact damage, and you should probably sand into the laminate and do a repair, rather than just a cosmetic touch up.

Be aware that if you do use Epoxy-based resin, rather than polyester-based resin, that it will need to be painted, since UV damages and weakens epoxy quite seriously.

If you have a digital camera and post photos, it would probably be fairly easy to tell from the photos whether you can get away with just covering it with gelcoat or if something more serious is necessary.

Cleaning it with just alcohol is probably not going result in all that strong a repair. You generally need to clean it with something a bit more abrasive to get rid of any embedded dirt and grease, as well as give the surface a bit of tooth for the new gelcoat or epoxy to adhere to.

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