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Filling small holes.

I am replacing my 3 sheave deck organizer with a 4 sheave unit. the holes do not exactly match so i will have to be filling in some some small holes, 1/4" diameter. A maximum of 3 holes if i decide to move the new organizer so none of the holes line up.

The question is how would you fill in such a few small holes? If i had a lot of holes to do, or the holes were bigger i would mix up some FG resin and some glass to fill them, but such small holes there has to be a quicker easier material to fill them.

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I have used epoxy putty. Break off a bit roll it between your fingers to mix and use. Simple and fast.

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Epoxy putty or MarineTex would do the job, as would thickened epoxy with either chopped glass or collodial silica as a filler.

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I also have a series of holes to fill in my decks.

Since the repair doesn't have to be strong and it would be nice to have the colour match as near as possible, I thought of using gel coat repair kit that is essentially a resin based product with assorted pigments to mix the color to suit.

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I would fill the holes with thickened epoxy, and then coat with gelcoat. There's a good article on the West Epoxy site about gelcoat bonding to epoxy. You do have to remove the amine blush if you use some epoxies, like West Systems, since it will interfere with the bonding of the gelcoat.

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You do have to remove the amine blush if you use some epoxies, like West Systems, since it will interfere with the bonding of the gelcoat.
I'll add that this is very easy to do. Just get some water and a green srub pad and wipe it down. It does not take an inordinate amount of scrubbing or effort.

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I'll add that this is very easy to do. Just get some water and a green srub pad and wipe it down. It does not take an inordinate amount of scrubbing or effort.

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Thank you for the replies!

it will be nice to actually use that putty for a real purpose. i have been using the putty for years to bond rocks together in my SW reef tank.

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stop in your local surf shop and ask for SUN CURE it's a UV catilized fiberglass resin with fiberglass material in it ( comes in a toothpaste tube ~8oz for $10). it's amazing stuff, can be sanded in less that 10 minutes. it's earned a spot in the tool box.

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Hi, This probably too late now.... anyway ,this is what I would do<
Tape the holes on the underside if the are going thru and then slowly fill them with thin epoxy - letting the exposed fiberglass soak up the resin - and it will - but it takes a while, so be patient. when the epoxy starts to cure, make sure U have a little extra over the holes . When finally cured U can sand off the extra and wash and paint .
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