though the gelcoat will help prevent your boat from further damage, it is important to remember that you may still need to make repairs to the boat and not just rely on the gelcoat. step 1 - clean your boat thoroughly. the first thing you will need to do before applying gelcoat on your boat is to make sure your boat is completely cleaned.
the plastic strips surely do make a boat slide quite easily off a trailer's bunks a buddy had them on his trailer's bunks and the first time we launched his boat after he installed them, we removed the winch cable as part of setting up prior to going to the launch ramp, as we normally do.
i have been using it on the bunks for 4 or 5 years now. i put new bunks on last fall and soaked them with silicone beforehand. i am not sure how silcone would make gel coat bubble as it is a primary ingredient in many polishes. i did a unscientific test with the new bunks, trying different types of polishes on the scrap carpet.
a friend suggested seaboard on the bunks. posted on blackman site and another fisherman said it worked great. he said it did not become unstable and did not need tie downs. anybody have experiance with the stuff. it is the same material as cutting board, a white plastic that can me drilled, tapped, etc. it is also expensive.
my gel coat is rubbed off the edge of the garboard strake in two places about an inch long. i had to load my boat the first two times out in very windy conditions. not the ideal first two laodings. the wind kept pushing me sideways the first time, took 4 stabs at it. i was thankful not to hit anything but the bunks.
fiberglass boats weighing more than 1,500 pounds may experience surface damage to their gel coat finish in those areas coming in contact with the pads.
there are a lot of wives tales out there concerning acetone and gelcoat which are simply not true, such as its ability to melt cured gelcoat. experts agree that there is no harm whatsoever to gelcoat when acetone is used properly, and in the right situation. nobody is suggesting its use when something else will do the job.
in this video i will show how to restore/polish fiberglass gel coat that you normally find on rv's, campers, boats, and various recreational vehicles. all you need is a orbital buffer, fiberglass
yes we dip all the bunks before we load. it seems like there is a lot of friction when loading though. i am comparing to my old boat that seemed to slide up really easy. scratches aren't really a big deal, but the first ones you put in the new boat tend to make you cringe a little.
how do you remove oxidation from rv fiberglass? in short, the process to remove oxidation from rv fiberglass involves using a mildly abrasive polish, followed by a coat of wax. most rv exteriors are made out of fiberglass, or fiber reinforced plastic with a gel coat finish. these materials are
it looks like it and it also looks like it is what is causing all the damage to your boat. i tried putting a teflon like plastic on the most forward bunk and it make the same marks on my boat as well. the way the classic trailers are set up the nose bunk sits sideways and in my opinion rubs the boat in those 3 places as it slides up the trailer.
hairline cracks, stress cracks or spider cracks star cracks that occur in gelcoat surfaces on fiberglass boats or other water craft are often seen as a cosmetic issue. in most cases this is true, however it is important to seal them correctly otherwise water may penetrate into the fiberglass and cause more serious damage.
its been quite a job repairing the damage properly. the boat is currently sitting on screw jacks and i'm trying to decide what is the best option for recovering the bunks. what ever you do make sure what you cover your bunks with will not retain water the moisture will be absorbed by the gel coat and likley blister.
to magazine home page. ask the experts solutions from the boatus tech team. is my gelcoat damage permanent? i've scrubbed the freeboard and gunwale my 1998 cruiser yachts 3850 with a scotch scrubber sponge like for pots and pans and 409 with bleach each spring, followed by applying a 3m rubbing compound with a buffer.
my hull was almost perfect prior to the installation of the boards, and now, they there are deep rub marks, almost all the way through the gel coat in the front, by the keel, where there is the most pressure. these boards did significant damage to my hull, and the damage is from trailing, not launching..carpet is still the way to go.. beware
the gel coat under the bunks is blistered from excess moisture , so the next part of the process will be either doing the glass repair myself or paying a shop to do it. if you want done right do
gelcoat does a lot more than catch the eye of the new-boat buyer. its also a barrier coat that lessens moisture intrusion, which can damage underlying laminates, and it acts as a thicker-than-paint surface resisting fender rubs and continual assault from years of grease and grime.
step 1: preparation and matching the colour. the first job in any gelcoat repair is to check the damage closely, both inside and out. sometimes a hard knock can cause delamination within the hull, in which case a more serious repair will need to be carried out first.
you should run plastic the entire length of the bunk to provide the support your hull needs. your boat will move on the plastic in wet or dry conditions so make sure your boat is tied down unless you are launching. if you are one of those guys that is used to removing all tie downs before backing down a ramp you'll need to change that practice.
minor damage to all of those parts. now for the really bad part. our 95 ski nautique purchased in december a former garage queen with 100 hours on it, now has 120 hours, and in perfect shape, no scratches, no fading, it was perfect. it came loose on the trailer and came forward 3 feet.
2 mask off and rough sand around the damage smoothing out the rough edges of gelcoat. clean with soap, water and acetone. 3. mix gelcoat adding proper amount of hardener. ?? since fibers are showing do i need to add a filler to this mix?? 4. apply gelcoat, feathering beyond edges of damage. 5. tape plastic film over fresh gelcoat and allow to
replace worn trailer bunks before they damage your gelcoat, as you shake, rattle, and roll down the road. photo: dan armitage the common polypropylene carpet material that covers most trailer bunks serves two primary purposes: a smooth surface for the hull to slide on when launching and loading the boat, and protection for the hull when the
yesterday i took my v-22 revenge out for it's first salmon trip. when i came back in i sprayed the liquid rollers on the bunks and let it dry. previously my hull stuck to the bunks way too much and i had to back into the water way too far. also the angle made the boat touch the trailer winch tower in such a manner that the 'smirk' was damaged.
most i believe comes from winds, bunks being wet and sand clings to the carpet. rangers, warriors, doesnt mater the brand some have ben so bad the gel coat and paint are gone and down to the glass. really can`t be seen unless the boat is pulled off the trailer. i have heard of the recycled plastic bunks doing the same thing.
the damage has actually gotten deep enough to expose the fiberglass below all the layers of gel coat. this has been an ongoing problem for some time and now needs to be fixed. what would be the best way to fix the boat? the area is about 3' x 5' on each side of the keel about 2 feet forward of where the boat sits on the bunk.
re: seven trust composite material for trailer bunks you can reinforce the underside of a seven trust bunk with an 1-1/2x1-1/2x 3/16' angle bolted to the bottom as close to the center line of the bunk as possible and drilling it for your existing bunk mounts. bolt the seven trust to the angle. plenty strong.
to use a gelcoat spray gun, fill the plastic container on the gun with your gelcoat. then, attach the cord on the gun to an air supply source, like an air compressor. hold the spray gun about 1 foot 0.30 m away from the fiberglass and spray the gelcoat onto it in short, even strokes.