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Fiberglass Seat Repair Part 2

This post will be very short – I only took one picture, and it came down to sand, scrape, sand, burr, and sand.

Here’s the finished work for the day – I spent about three hours scraping with a knife, sanding, and using a rotary tool with various bits to get as much of the old repair off as possible.

Fiberglass Seat Repair Pt 2
sand, sand, sand

You may recall that most of this was covered with a fiberglass bandage, fiberglass which was drying and fraying at the edges. Using a folding knife, I was able to scrape flecks of that off, along with bigger chunks of residue. I also sanded a lot.

It was a see-saw of activity. On the one hand, I wanted to get things sanded smooth, but on the other hand, scoring and roughing things up made it easier to scrape off the old bandage.

Using the rotary tool, I made a couple of mistakes burring a bit into the fiberglass, but once I changed to some different bits, I just scoured remaining resin of.

I also sanded behind the crack, on the side facing the hull, but not nearly as efficiently. I also “flossed” a but in the crack to smooth that out.

I am a little puzzled by one of the holes – I think only one is factory, but the other is for the bolt holding the backband.

In other news, the epoxy I ordered arrived the same day and was waiting for me when I returned home. It may be getting too cold for it, but I expect the next steps are to clean this up a bit more before moving to the epoxy stage.

For reference, here’s the “before” picture from my previous post.

Analysis Complete
Paused For Now.

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  1. […] I even took the Pintail for a quick spin, and the boat is every bit as maneuverable as the Gemini, even though it’s a couple of feet longer. There are couple more things to do on it, but this job was the big job, and I’m more or less satisfied. It’s the most complex repair I’ve ever done, starting with some evaluation in Part 1 and some prep work in Part 2. […]

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