Re: Is there a way to repair this grip-textured gel coat, or whatever it is?
Hi Don, that Kiwi stuff looks pretty good.
I just went out and took a couple more pictures. One is from inside the cuddy, right under the damage, showing that the crack doesn't go through. Second is just a picture showing where on the boat the crack is, from farther away.
I also stood over the crack and bounced my 150 pound self up and down. No deflection in the crack.
if I don't get around to this repair before winter, I plan to clean it, fill it with something, and place this adhesive grip-mat stuff over it.
Tanley, thanks for the videos. I've been watching this guy on youtube too. I'm not sure it the non-skid is gel coat though. If feels rubbery compared to the gel coat.
How is this for a repair solution:
1. Scrub the thing down impeccably.
2. Sand the gel coat along the crack to see how deep it is. If it's somehow not into the glass, skip to step 5.
3. Sand/cut the cracked area away, preferably from inside the cuddy, but it's a tight fit so I might resort to working from the outside in. Sanding out for a regular structural fiberglass repair.
4. Commence a regular structural fiberglass repair, perhaps beefing-up this area from underneath. I've never done any fiberglass work before, but I've watched several videos on YouTube, and it looks like good honest fun.
5. Do a gel coat repair, maybe trying to match the grip pattern in the gel coat, if that's what it is, otherwise either leave the scar and tell myself it gives the boat character, or sand off the pattern and apply some Kiwi grip.