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Title: Repairing your deck
Post by: Croaker Stroker on June 21, 2015, 10:29:56 PM
Here is a pretty good tutorial on how to repair small cracks/holes in your deck gelcoat.


http://morrison-marine.com/repairing-non-skid-surfaces/
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Rangerman on July 04, 2015, 01:06:47 PM
Good post Croaker,
I just thought I would share my new anti-skid deck.
 I had too much of the original pattern gone, to try and repair, so I decided to install anti-skid material in the gel-coat.
I ordered  color matched Gel-coat from Fiberlay in Seattle 119.00 Gal. very reasonable. take your bait well lid.
I ordered anti-skid material from the bottom paint store online 9.99 a qt. I used about 3
Taped around the anti-skid, prep with 80 grit on a sander, clean with acetone.
roll out a layer of gel coat, sprinkle anti-skid material over gel coat, be generous.
when dry vacuum excess material.
Roll another layer of gel coat, let dry.
Last coat add wax to the gel coat and roll out another layer or spray.
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Croaker Stroker on July 04, 2015, 01:15:29 PM

Great job. Looks very professional. That is exactly what I would do. Should last another 25 years.  :bowdown: :clap:



So...if you are doing more than one coat...is it necessary to use "unwaxed" gelcoat for the first two coats ??
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Salmon King on July 04, 2015, 01:43:43 PM

So...if you are doing more than one coat...is it necessary to use "unwaxed" gelcoat for the first two coats ??

Yes.  If you use wax in the undercoat the next coat will not adhere.
The wax will act as a release agent.
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Croaker Stroker on July 04, 2015, 02:01:35 PM

Is there an advantage in mixing wax in the last coat versus applying mold release on top ?
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Hydro-Therapy on July 04, 2015, 02:25:13 PM

 The mold release is only used in making your pattern for the repair ,not for on top of the repair or new coatings. Personally  I do not like wax in the last coat when using it on the floors. It is tooooo slick.

 H-T
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Croaker Stroker on July 04, 2015, 03:22:19 PM

If there is no wax or mold release, will it still cure ? ...or dry sticky ?
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Hydro-Therapy on July 04, 2015, 03:29:36 PM

 with no wax in the last coat it Will cure but not have the slick shinny look to it. It can be buffed and waxed to a shine with some elbow grease.

 H-T
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Rangerman on July 04, 2015, 09:01:29 PM
With wax in the last coat it is not shiny, I am actually happy with the look, and the anti-skid performance is better than the factory diamond pattern.
I experimented with mixing the anti-skid into the gel coat before rolling it on and it clumped together.
Shaking the anti-skid over the rolled on gel coat, it laid flat.
To do this I used a plastic pint tub from some food container and drilled holes in the lid, like a large salt shaker.
I also used cabosil to thicken the gel coat on the first roll out to fill low spots and imperfections.
Pay attention to detail, outside temp, quantity, catalyst, etc. too much catalyst and it cures fast and it will kick before you have rolled it on, I figured this out the hard way.

Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Rangerman on July 04, 2015, 09:12:10 PM

" with no wax in the last coat it Will cure but not have the slick shinny look to it. It can be buffed and waxed to a shine with some elbow grease."

gel coat and fiberglass resin is laminating until it is sealed then it fully cures.
You can add layer on layer until you seal. If you seal and want to add another layer you have to sand the surface so the new layer can bond properly, I read somewhere it will eventually cure after years and years.
The gel coat can be ordered with wax already installed or you can add it. You could also use a PVA spray that seals the gel coat and you wash it off with warm water, or add a surface curing agent in the mix.
Title: Re: Repairing your deck
Post by: Croaker Stroker on March 14, 2018, 12:13:03 AM

I don’t know why I didn’t post this pic. But, better late than never.  :jester:

My gelcoat non-skid...

(http://www.arimaowners.com/gallery/8/6-200316235414.jpeg)