Best Gel Coat repair kit?

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david.claassen
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Best Gel Coat repair kit?

I guess you can tell I am starting to ramp up preparations, mostly in anticipation of some great sailing with my fellow Mac owners.

I have to do some repairs to scratches, scrapes, etc on my hull. I am looking for something that is already white, foolproof (as I am a fool), and effective.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

mike.clarke
The first problem is getting 

The first problem is getting a good colour match - eastcoast fibreglass offer a range of repair kits that allow you to match the colour closely if you have a reference colour to compare with - you can get RAL colour cards to compare colours.

Their kits are available on line and seem to me to be better than some of the better known names:

https://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/category/gelcoat-repair-kits

They are very helpful if you contact them - I used them to supply the materials when I built my centreboards.

Regards Mike C - Tarka 26M

rick.jones
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If it's just white that you

If it's just white that you need, there is an off the shelf gelcoat filler by Plastic Padding. I've always found it matches the white of Mac hulls invisibly. It comes in a tube, but is plenty for the kind of quantities needed for this kind of job.

Matching the 26M blue hull is a different ball game, of course!

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

david.claassen
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Thanks Rick,

Thanks Rick,

I looked at that product. It’s nice to know it matches

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

rick.jones
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A response from Simon

A response from Simon Armitage, who's having trouble logging in from Melbourne!
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Hi, Guys. Have just been in a WiFi hotspot and read David Claassen’s query about glass fibre repairs. If he has a white hull the colour is called MacGregor White and can be obtained from BWY but the colour only, not the resin as that is considered an explosive.

Have forgotten my password to the website so could you do me and David a favour and pass this onto him. They also stock the blue colour.

Thanks from a cold wet and windy Melbourne.

Simon

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

david.claassen
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That is certainly a long

That is certainly a long-distance response...:) I think I will try the Plastic Padding product..

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

mike.mcnerney
I agree Plastic Padding white

I agree Plastic Padding white gives a perfectly good match. Sand it smooth and polish.

just to keep the long distance theme going - greetings from Nassau in The Bahamas

Mike

patrick.saddler
Product Update.

Product Update.

Plastic Padding is now marketed under the name of the Henkel company. The packaging is not yellow any more but the product inside is still as good as ever.

Pat

GladNick 26M

roly.simpson
I'm just doing a small repair

I'm just doing a small repair to aft corner on my blue hull and using a blue gel mixer kit from force 4 .managed to get colour quite close first time but the gelcoat didn't go off despite recommended number of drops of hardner.. .any ideas for 2nd run?

PS...it was pointed out that there was little point sending for MacGregor blue since after 12 years my hull would no longer be that colour.