[Alberg30] Paint Prep Advice

Roger L. Kingsland rkingsland101 at ksba.com
Mon Sep 22 04:04:49 PDT 2003


I am in the final stages (at least I hope I am) of paint prep for #148 and wonder if there is a material I can use as a "fairing compound" to fill in areas of undulations in the hull and deck. In some spots I have used the TLR ([Tool of Last Resort), my belt sander, and sanded past the gel coat)  

To date I have used some epoxy (mostly to fill the counter sunk holes for the 186 SS, 3/16 pop rivets I added to the hull/deck joint) and a bunch of Marine Tex.  While strong, Marine Tex is hard to apply with a putty knife (I ended up filling scratches using a syringe and creating a ridge which can be sanded more easily than a feathered joint).

Ideally I would like to find a material the consistency of drywall mud that would stick to Marine Tex and gel coat and hold up under paint.  I have seen gel coat compound in my marina store but it looks like it is just for patching scratches.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Roger Kingsland
Chief Financial Officer (AKA, check writer)
Mahina Manu, A30 #148
N40°  29.288'
W79°  54.228'
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