Monthly Archives: February 2017
Gel coat is strong and durable but like any other finish, it can be subject to damage. There are several reasons it might need to be repaired. In this post, we are going to focus on scratches and cracks that are strictly cosmetic. Not cracks that damage the fiberglass laminate below the gel coat.
We will be giving basic guidelines on how to do the repair work. You do not need to be an expert to make a gel coat repair but it may take a little bit of trial and error to really perfect the art.
Carbon fiber-Also called graphite. It is known for its' strength, being light weight and for its' good looks. It is commonly used in the automobile, sporting goods and aerospace industry. A yard of carbon fiber cloth has millions of microscopic filaments all bundled together. For instance, in a 3k fiber fabric, each tow (or bundle) of fiber has 3000 filaments in it. The bundles are woven together to form a fabric. This is what makes it so strong. Each filament carries part of the load.
Solvent- A substance (usually a liquid) used as a dissolvent or cleaning material during reinforced plastics operations. It is also often flammable or toxic. It should be handled in accordance with safety instructions.