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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-10-2012 07:19 PM
Minnewaska Barrier coat and then paint? Is that what you're asking?
01-10-2012 03:46 PM
ImASonOfaSailor I used Fibre Strand from NAPA! and all wholes are filled what is the next application to use?
11-23-2011 08:26 PM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by ImASonOfaSailor View Post
http:// http://qik.com/45896796/ef346ec1
Yes if u watch the video there are alot of them and knowing it looks like it does it will bother me.. so what I am thinking of doing is taking a hull and flipping it over in my garage for winter time and fix it all but first i need to make a craddle for the hulls so it nice and comfy..
Okay, I understand that. However, the only solution that will work is grinding off the gelcoat, drying it out and laying new glass or vinylester. If you just fill with epoxy, you have a very high likelihood it will come back.
11-23-2011 07:29 PM
ImASonOfaSailor http:// http://qik.com/45896796/ef346ec1
Yes if u watch the video there are alot of them and knowing it looks like it does it will bother me.. so what I am thinking of doing is taking a hull and flipping it over in my garage for winter time and fix it all but first i need to make a craddle for the hulls so it nice and comfy..
11-18-2011 11:52 PM
Frogwatch Do not do anything. These blisters are merely cosmetic and once underwater you won't see them. Almost anything you might try will probably end up worse than the problem and fixes rarely work for blisters.
I regret trying to fix blisters on my boats as I now think it was wasted effort.
11-18-2011 11:29 PM
WDS123 I am not familiar with the construction of this boat - but from the look of these boats, they appear to be designed to dry sail.

I wouldn't do anything.
11-18-2011 08:16 PM
afrinus
Repair blisters using "Water Displacing Epoxies"

I've come across an outfit that seems to have a "better" ?? and cheaper solution than WEST.

These guys - Hull Blister Epoxy Fiberglass Boat Repair - Boat Pox - 603-435-7199 - totes a "Water Displacing Epoxy" as the basis for repairing blisters. This is a link to the company's "how to" page on repairing blisters

It certainly seems a better solution for those of us that don't have the luxury of letting a boat sit for a long time in the maintenance yard to dry out (the only boat yard that's got a yard on the lake I sail on is somewhat of a rip-off for maintenance space)

Does anyone have any experience with this or similar system. Does it make sense to just wash out the blister and then use a displacing epoxy?
11-18-2011 08:04 PM
Capt Len The larger spots look delamination has occurred .If so I'd grind it out wash and dry and lay in some epoxy with filler and fabric. Good enough is good enough. You're not rebuilding a piano here. All those smaller blisters ,unsightly as they are, I'd consider cosmetic. Sail er ard and put er away wet.
11-18-2011 07:21 PM
tommays To me it looks like a bunch of tiny ones that have had other repairs
11-18-2011 03:50 PM
celenoglu Pthtallic acid forms inside the blisters. In case you leave to dry, water will evoporate leaving the acid behind which will cause blisters later. Afcids are generally not good for the skin and eyes are more sensitive. Use protective measures.
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