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Fish209

DIY Gel Coat repair?

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Fish209

I just got a 2009 Wakesetter VLX and it has a few small chips in the gel coat that I'd like to repair. They are mostly really small and not too deep at all, but one (circled in red) is a little bigger and is also deeper. It's about 2 inches long and is deep enough to expose the fiberglass fibers a little bit. 

 

I have seen some YouTube videos were it looks pretty easy to repair the small chips. Would the deeper one also be easy to fix, or would you suggest having someone that really knows what they're doing to repair that one because it is a little bigger and deeper?

 

If you feel it's is a DIY project for someone that hasn't ever done gel coat work before, what product should I get for this project?

 

THANKS!!!

 

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jwl019

Look up Spectrum gel repair kits, and look for the Malibu year of your boat. You should be able to find an exact match.  It's really not a tough job.

 

Here's my old thread where I had to do a bigger area:

 

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Fish209

Thank you jwl019!

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jwl019

Not a problem, it's a fun little project to do. Results really won't have to be perfect since it's on the underside so not as noticeable anyway.

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Fish209

Thanks! Yeah, the old links didn't work. Thanks for these pics!!!

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DUKENO1

Sweet looking boat!  I have a small chip on the front of mine after an accident with the bow roller.  I am gonna order the spectrum kit and give it a shot soon.

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NCVride
On 1/11/2019 at 7:20 PM, DUKENO1 said:

Sweet looking boat!  I have a small chip on the front of mine after an accident with the bow roller.  I am gonna order the spectrum kit and give it a shot soon.

Just a little side note.  I did a Spectrum kit and the color match was pretty dead on.   I’d recommend going to west marine and getting a tube of their 603 hardener to use with the color paste.   I followed the directions with the spectrum hardener to a T and it never hardened.  Did some research and discovered it could be old hardener.  Got a tube of evercoat 603 at west marine, followed tha amount suggested and it hardened as it was supposed to.  Just a tip.  

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Slayer
3 minutes ago, NCVride said:

Just a little side note.  I did a Spectrum kit and the color match was pretty dead on.   I’d recommend going to west marine and getting a tube of their 603 hardener to use with the color paste.   I followed the directions with the spectrum hardener to a T and it never hardened.  Did some research and discovered it could be old hardener.  Got a tube of evercoat 603 at west marine, followed tha amount suggested and it hardened as it was supposed to.  Just a tip.  

My experience was nearly the same as yours.  It took several hours for the spectrum to harden.  However, once it did, it was great and as you stated the color match was nearly perfect. 

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DUKENO1

Thanks for the heads up !

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