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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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My dock neighbor had a similar experience with his boat. The gel-coat in some of the depressions in the non-skid was sheading in a few spots. At the time we were able to obtain some small containers of the gel-coat from the manufacturer that we were able to apply. The areas were cleaned with hot-soapy water, thoroughly rinsed, thoroughly dried by swabbing with rubbing alcohol, and then recoated with the gel-coat. We effected that by mixing up small batches of gel coat, dabbing a little bit on in the areas that needed to be covered, and then spreading it around and into the nonskid with one's finger inside a zip-lock freezer bag. As we discovered with our first effort, it is wise to cover the area with a piece of wax paper taped in place so that dirt and insects don't get stuck to the surface before it cures.
If the gel-coat repair kit is a fairly decent color match, within a few weeks the spots are all but unnoticable except very close-up.
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