Getting her ready to go back in. Bottom paint is all done (nasty job, that there), some other odds and ends taken care of, one last big job to do.
2 questions regarding the stern/transom gelcoat.
1. We are re-naming the boat, the old vinyl lettering came off with a little more cussing and swearing than Iím used to, but we did eventually get it off. Adhesive residue combined with bottom paint dust and last yearís grunge, have the whole stern an inglorious mess. Iím sure after a good cleaning Iím going to find that the old lettering has ghosted the gelcoat and itís going to look like hell if I donít do something to even the color between the exposed gelcoat and what has lain hidden beneath the lettering for some 20 odd years. Iím not opposed to wet sanding to pop the color, rubbing compound, paint, whatever it takesÖI just donít want to waste time trying this or that only to find out I still have a problem. Time is short, I would like to do it right the first time. Suggestions?
2. Looking at the top of the transom, youíll notice the gelcoat is cracked. Weíre pretty sure this resulted from the previous owner smacking into or being smacked by something, note the damage just below the exhaust port. There doesnít appear to be any structural damage to the top of the transom (a reinforcing fiberglass patch was placed below the exhaust port inside the hull ďjust in caseĒ I suspect), the damage seems limited to the fiberglass/gelcoat, and the wood underneath is not rotted, at least in the areas I can inspect. I know Iím going to have to cut away anything along the top that has delaminated. A chip from that area is about 1/16 thick. I know next to nothing about gelcoat, but I figure Iím not going to be able to build it 1/16 and therefore need to use a filler. Epoxy, fiberglassÖIím taking suggestions hereÖ then use a gelcoat repair kit over the filler, wet sand 220 to 600 grit, rub, buff, and wax. Am I on the right track here? Anyone got a better idea?