Note

Where surface color of part has changed due to weathering, color match of patch may not be satisfactory. In this case, entire panel must be sprayed.

Thin Gel Coat with acetone (1 to 1 ratio) and spray panel, blending sprayed area into a radius or corner on the part. Use a touch-up spray gun such as the Binks Model 15. After Gel Coat is hard, buff and polish sprayed area.

PATCHING OF HOLES, PUNCTURES AND BREAKS

If possible, work in shaded spot or in a building where the temperature is between 70° and 80°F.

1. Be sure surface is clean and dry where repair is to be made. Remove all wax and dirt from the damaged area.

2. Prepare injured area by cutting back fractured material to the sound part of the material. A keyhole or electric saber saw can be used to cut out the ragged edges. See Figure 2-80.

Figure 2-80. Sawing Out Damaged Area

3. Rough sand the inside surface, using 80-grit dry sandpaper, feathering back about two inches all around the hole in the area the patch will touch. See Figure 2-81.

Figure 2-81. Rough Sanding Inside Surface

4. Cover a piece of cardboard or aluminum with cellophane and tape it to the outside surface with the cellophane facing toward the hole. Aluminum is used as backing where contour is present. The aluminum should be shaped the same as the contour. See Figure 2-82.

5. Cut glass mat to shape of hole, about 2 in. larger than hole.

Figure 2-82. Taping on Backing

Figure 2-82. Taping on Backing

6. Mix a small amount of pre-accelerated resin and catalyst and daub resin on mat, thoroughly wetting it out. This may be done on a piece of cellophane or wax paper. See Figure 2-83.

Figure 2-83. Applying Resin to Mat

Figure 2-87. Working Gel Coat into Patch

Figure 2-86. Blending Patch with Sander

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