Subject: Gunwale Repair
Hello There Gang,
I am nearly finished with the boat getting ready to launch likely this weekend or close enough. You have been so very helpful with my newness and questions regarding thorough repairs, I thought I might send you a few pictures of my FIRST time repair using the incredible Rot Doctor products.
This is a 1980 Silverton facing the same problems anyone who has ever improperly installed rod holders, screws or seat posts on their boat. I was able to cut the gunwales out and removed the MUD-LIKE old balsa, replace it with new balsa and epoxy the entire patch back together, fair and re-coat with Uniflex 255 Aliphatic*... Up close it looks like a new surface professionally installed. Locally, I can see some others facing similar repairs hoping I can show them what to do... I used CPES™ as a base sealer, 2 coats of Uniflex* using an open cell foam roller sleeve. That made the paint bumpy and looks like a new anti-skid surface.
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|Fiberglass deck removed, revealing balsa core turned to “mud”.||New CPES™ treated balsa core installed, deck re-installed, sealed with CPES™ and Fill-It™ Epoxy Filler, and sanded smooth.||Deck coated with two applications of Uniflex 255 Aliphatic*, the last coat applied with open cell foam roller to give a stippled non-skid surface.|
|* Since Uniflex 255 Aliphatic is no longer available, please use our Elasta-Tuff™ 6000-AL-HS instead|