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Re: Raised chainplate deck fittings question
Yep -- I'm in full agreement with Tom.
Here's the reasoning. Gelcoat is simply polyester resin thickened with talc; it has little inherent structural properties. If you have that layer between the original glass and your epoxy risers, then you have two bonds that could fail (gel to glass; epoxy to gel) instead of just one.
For a "do it right the first time" solution, sand down until you hit the glass and build your risers from there.
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