|Filling some screw holes and chips on the edge of a cockpit seat|
Looks pretty good, doesn't it? I must say that managing the gelcoat as you are applying it is difficult. Just like working with polysulphide, it seems to get on everything, including my hands, my pants, and my feet. You will want to keep a can of acetone and a rag handy.
Before I applied it to the problem areas, I used my Dremel tool to clean them up. Some were just small screw holes or chips as in the picture above, but one area needed severe remedial work. I mixed the gelcoat in a plastic cup with a tongue depressor and then used the tongue depressor to apply it. On the next batch I think I will try a paint brush for the larger areas - the stuff is pretty runny.
After it goes off, it needs to be sanded, a process I am way too familiar with from doing automotive body work. I used 220 grit wet/dry paper, wet, and I applied blue tape around the area to be sanded so that I wouldn't accidentally sand thru the gelcoat on adjacent areas. Once I had the patch down to about the thickness of the tape I switched to 400 grit, removed the tape, and sanded it flat. Then a touch of polishing with some compound, and...
But the color match is absolutely perfect! Huge kudos to Fiberlay for a match well made!