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« on: April 30, 2012, 18:14:46 CET »

I need to repair my boats gelcoat from some scratches. I have used plastic padding (yellow box with two toothpaste like tubes inside) in the past. This time it is abit more challenging since it needs to be pigmented blue to match the surrounding gel coat (ie. the boat is mostly blue). I have read that this product can be pigment but I do not know how, I already tried clothes dye (dylon) and a liquid die but to no success as it does not mix well with the product. Any ideas what pigment I should be using/looking for? or may be where I could buy some ready made stuff (already tried crown fibre, gauci borda, coliero, petecraft)
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2012, 18:44:21 CET »

Check out youtube mate there are loads of vids of how to repair gel coat... Really well explained
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2012, 18:54:45 CET »

@toxictuna.  Go to any boat builder, and ask them to give you a few drops, (I mean literally a few drops of gelcoat blue pigment colour.  Prepare the white gelcoat as you would normally prepare it for repairs, the add ONE drop of blue pigment to the mixture.  Mix thoroughly and continue adding ONE tiny drop by brop and mix until you get the desired colour.  Proceed to repair!
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2012, 19:54:18 CET »

silvercraft luqa has many colours of gelcoat pigment...
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 15:20:59 CET »

Who built your boat. As the tint of all gelcoat tends to vary in each production cycle, builders are supposed to keep aside a certain amount for repairs etc although that doesn't always happen. It would cost them very little to ship a small tub with every boat, or offer it as an option.

Exterior gelcoat will fade more than the cockpit but gaffers technique sounds like a good way to get close.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2012, 17:42:59 CET »

the boat is a bayliner but it is surely faded after some years. I will try at silvercraft. to what do you add the pigment to the plastic padding or to some gel coat i need to buy,
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012, 20:03:11 CET »

You add the colour pigment to the gelcoat mixture you're preparing to do the necessary repairs with.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012, 05:50:51 CET »

aw man... mur ghand silvercraft u jghidlek kollox hu mhux ahjar......
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2012, 12:57:39 CET »

hekk nghamel... ghal gudja mela...
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2012, 14:55:38 CET »

sa fejn saf s silvercraft m ghadux il gudja, qijed il marsa vicin l fabbrika tal petercraft
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2012, 07:15:04 CET »

Hekk hu. Industrial estate luqa.
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