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Re: Looking for thoughts on a couple CF repairs
If tape, any kind of tape, pulled off the clearcoat or paint, then either the coating had not been given sufficient time to cure, or the surface under it was not prepped properly. The Polyanna in me says that means the entire coating needs to be redone, not just a fix or patch. If that coating is just on the spars, tell the builder to just take 'em back and send you new proper ones. Unless he wants to find someone local to you that really can strip and recoat spars, that may actually be his best option.
On the hull damage...You know, get bids. And make sure to specify that the resulting repair will be INVISIBLE and GUARANTEED which may mean refinishing an entire side of the hull, if they can't feather the repair in and disappear it. And then of course, use a finish which will AGE the same as the rest of the hull, so it doesn't start to show up again in two years.
Shippers are, hopefully, insured. And if the shipper and the builder are both reputable folks, you should be able to say "Takee fixee!" and let them know you expect a perfect repair--not some half-assed job that will come back to bite you.
Yeah, I'm a hard customer. Your friend is obviously not so hard, otherwise he could have refused the delivery as damaged goods.(G)