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No - the epoxies Lowes sells are just general purpose epoxies. You want a product with considerably higher strength. Use West System, MAS or another brand suitable for semi-structural marine applications. Jamestown Distributors often have good deals on epoxy; in fact, they have a sale now.

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Not all epoxy is created equally.
If you can't get West or MAS locally you should order it online. They are formulated to work well in the marine environment - but yes, you can use the Lowes variety - just don't expect the same results and consistency.

Applying it is different based on the consistency of the epoxy. Thickened epoxy (with filler) can be troweled on and shaped with plastic applicators (like a putty knife), whereas to coat a large surface with thinned liquid epoxy you want a wider flexible applicator or even a small diameter roller. I typically use a roller to apply and a applicator to squeeze off excess.
For what you are doing, I would not use Lowes stuff. I would never use a garden variety house hold formulated epoxy to saturate fiberglass cloth on a boat, just because. You put a lot of hours into a boat, I want it to last for lots of years.
To restore an older boat it's best to use a CPES (Smith's preferred) to soak into the old wood and seal it totally, then use a quality epoxy for your patching and glue ups including thickened for fillets etc..
There's a lot of info available online, I invite you to google it.
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Our Lowes has West Systems. I was impressed (We're 200 miles from the ocean).

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To restore an older boat it's best to use a CPES (Smith's preferred) to soak into the old wood and seal it totally, then use a quality epoxy for your patching and glue ups including thickened for fillets etc..
There's a lot of info available online, I invite you to google it.
Id did just that Chuck..

CPES™-Wood based epoxy products to repair and resist wood rot.

Great link to there site ..Thank you
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The West System webpage has their entire users manual online if you want to know what other materials they recommend you have for using their epoxy (Acetone, fillers etc etc). I invite you to explore it: WEST SYSTEM Epoxy

You might also be wanting to get some gel coat for those hairline cracks around the stanchion bases.
Good luck with your project.

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At the risk of going a little off topic, has anyone used this?

JGreer.com - Epoxy Resin, Urethane Foam, Silicone Mold Making Rubber, Carbon Fiber


According to the website it's supposed to be good for marine use.

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I cant say if it will or not. I can say that i wouldn't use it for that. I would try to find a local vender for West Systems, or some other epoxy used for boat building.


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Caleb- Thanks for reminding me about the gelcoat for the cracks. This question may be dumb but it seem logical.

If I am correct doesnt gelcoat go ever the paint to protect the paint? If so, shy should I repair the hairline cracks *with gelcoat* before I paint?

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Gelcoat never goes over anything but raw laminate... you can't gelcoat over paint. If you're going to be painting, repair the cracks by filling them with thickened epoxy... then sand fair and paint.

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I've had excellent results with Raka epoxy... raka.com

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