How to Repair a Fiberglass Boat Floor
There are many benefits to using fiberglass boats due to their efficiency and stability. They are even considered a great substitute when compared to other boats. Some of these benefits using fiberglass boats includes absence of rust, termites and they do not have to be painted frequently.
Even though fiberglass boats require less maintenance they often get occasional blisters, holes at the bottom of the boat and other minor damages from the elements. By following these instructions you can have your fiberglass boat easily repaired.
1. First of all, locate the appropriate tools for the job. The tools you would basically need are saws, sandpaper, resin and hardener, Epoxy putty, paint brush, Epoxy paint, sandpaper, scissors, fiberglass cloth and fiberglass gel coating.
2. Find the damaged areas of the boat and use the saw to remove this portion of the boat.
3. The next step is to make sure that you clean all traces of wax and dirt from the area so that the resin works properly. After doing this, allow the area to dry.
4. Use the sander to grind the area where the adhesive is to be placed, stir and liberally apply the resin and hardener with a brush for good results. It is much easier to use supports while you fix the damaged area of the fiberglass floor.
5. Prepare the fiberglass to fit the hole, by cutting a portion that is suited to cover the hole. To get the best results it is highly recommended that you cut the fiberglass to match the shape of the boat floor.
6. Use sandpaper to smooth out the edges, next apply a layer of fiberglass over the resin and hardener, make sure you remove the bubbles and that the fiberglass is secured. Then use sandpaper to smooth out the surface of the fiberglass.
7. Continue with the same layering process of cutting fiberglass until finished. For a more refined look, sand the rough areas of the repaired sections of the fiberglass floor, paint the sanded areas and then add a layer of gel coat for the finishing touch