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Exclamation My cabin is weeping sticky stuff!!! Help!

I just finished stripping the paint on the inside of my cabin and sanded it down to bare fiberglass . It is weeping a thick sticky substance . I sand it off or acetone it and an hour later it is back. I'm getting ready to paint and I am worried that it will blister my new paint job. It isn't coming from any holes or cracks, it is just weeping thru the fiberglass . Does anyone know anything about this?
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Re: My cabin is weeping sticky stuff!!! Help!

A picture would be nice.
I'll assume the liquid is a darkish color?
From what part of the cabin is this ooze coming from?
If it is coming from a knee wall where the chain plates might be mounted you may have some work to do in your future.
Older boats were often made with wood encapsulated by fiberglass. Over time, water intrusion allows the wood to become moist and rot. This will create a darker color in whatever water may leak out.
Even old fiberglass resin without wood will add a tinge to water that may be coming through the laminate.
Sounds to me like you may have a wet core in your deck/cabin/hull.
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Re: My cabin is weeping sticky stuff!!! Help!

I am betting you have some wet core behind that glass. I would try sealing it before painting.

And yes, you might have some deck/cabin repairs in your future
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