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I have a 1986 J-22 and I've noticed recently that the material protecting the (cast iron?) keel is in need of repair. An image of the area needing repair is below. As you can see, it's down to the metal, and it looks like there is some light oxidation there. My best guess at the protecting material is that it's tar since it feels rubbery and I was able to tear it off. What I'm thinking of doing is using a grinder to smoothen the edges and remove the oxidation, and then use epoxy. Does this sound like a good or bad idea?

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can't remember the name, there's an acid primer for iron keels.

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Re: seeking advice on protecting my keel

There's not enough 'rust' there for that to be an iron keel... I wouldn't have thought that the Js used iron anyway (but not positive about that). That's a pretty big chunk of fairing knocked out of there, grinding back and refilling/fairing is straightforward enough.

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That looks nothing like my iron keel. That is something else.
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Trust me it is lead never seen anybody muck one up quite that bad without a lot of big rocks involved a bunch of times

Your going to have to remove all the lose fairing material clean things up and do a WHOLE bunch filling and sanding

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Re: seeking advice on protecting my keel

J/22's have a lead keel. Fairing compound has been knocked off probably by impact with a hard object. Remove the fairing material which is not tightly bonded to the keel and refair. This previous post covered the techniquue; How do you fair a keel? Particularly heed post #3 by Jeff H.; he's got it right
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