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Old 05-12-2016, 04:53 PM   #21
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Are we talking gel coat repairs or downspout holes?


Many tools for many jobs, some overlap, and most have their favorites...but like many things boating...not everything is clear for what is needed or not everything has to be done one way.


Detailed work? We are talking gel coat repairs here I thought? How did this become a pissing contest over lifting engine blocks and repairing aluminum gutters?
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:05 PM   #22
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How did this become a pissing contest over lifting engine blocks and repairing aluminum gutters?
Because I can multi task.

I was able to piss him off and amuse myself at the same time.
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:13 PM   #23
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Because I can multi task.

I was able to piss him off and amuse myself at the same time.
amuse or abuse ?....just how many dremel attachments do you have...

If I was strong enough to lift 400 pound engine blocks....I probably would press too hard with a dremel too......
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In other words, for enlarging and cleaning out a minor gelcoat crack prior to Marinetex application.

(And please try to resist comments about first finding the reason for the cracks as I am well aware of that aspect and in this thread rather discuss cosmetic crack repair techniques)
Is marinetex the right product for the repair? Will the color match up?
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Always a problem to control tools, especially free hand. Nothing much beats practice. Nothing beats an edge guide where possible. High RPM is always a plus; why do they make Dremels with low speeds? I run mine at 'scream', with carbide burrs and cutters. At high speeds, Dremels, grinders, cutoff wheels, routers and such, nibble only a little with each pass at the work and with less tendency to grab.

Cleaning out cracks in gelcoat to prepare for repair makes me wonder why the cracks? Failing gelcoat is one thing, like where it's too thick. Some failure in the laminate below is quite another. Flexure? Impact damage? Bolts and fittings too tight? Some of these will simply cause the repair to fail and should be fixed first.
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