fiberglass repairs

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Old 04-01-02, 07:26 AM
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fiberglass repairs

what prep is required to lay in a new floor, mine's getting kinda spongy and much of the gelcoat (that cheap splatter paint looking stuff) is worn away. I think they used cropped glass sprayed in over a mold as opposed to layed in glass. After I lay on some new glass, what are the best choices for durable deck coatings?
Also, my brother in law ran us into a piling the other day and did a fair amount of damage on the side rail, no damage to the side of the boat just the top rail is completely cracked through, I was thinking of grinding away the edges on the top, bottom, and sides at the cracks and glassing in over the existing piece as a patch?
 
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Old 04-01-02, 07:58 PM
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Normally its the underlying wood that is rotted from
rainwater. and subsequently the fiberglass delaminates
from it. the best fix is to cut opurt the floor boards and
lay up a new sheet of plywood, coated o both sides with
resin and glassed into place securely.
but you can in a pinch lay a fresh sheet over the existing floor.
what exactly are we talking about, the entire deck or
just the area around the stern? Inboard/ outboard
stern drive? Bayliner, deck boat?
 
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