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Old 02-11-2011, 02:02 PM
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I've got a roughly 1sqft area in center of 3/4" bulkhead thats rotted and Im gona start cutting this wkend to see if theres more. My question is how do you make the repair without access behind it? Do you just lay up extra heavy on one side? Ive got 1.5oz and 1708 Biax/ vinylester resin
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:38 AM
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It is a pita but it sometimes can be done. Kind of tough to explain, and easier to get how to do it by seeing it done. Again when and where it can be done.

Unfortunately sometimes the repair to be done is just too big ot in such a precarious position that you must do what ever you have to do to get more access to an area. Whether lifting a deck, removing a tank or liner etc....

Anyway if it is a small area and you can access enough from one side to do a solid structural repair you can try to do the repair.

Basically you would remove more than enough coring and leave the rear portion of the fiber glass there as an aid to help you bond some new glass. Prepping and feathering your glass repair area before you start laing in your new resin and material.

If the glass is also damaged you would remove the damaged area accordingly. You would have also the removed a little more coring to give your new glass an overlap to bite onto the old and work your way back out 1 layer at a time, kind of working backwards.. Again tho first you would be prepping and feathering your glass repair area before you start laing in your new resin and material accordingly. Basically you would then be going: Inner/back glass layers, then coring then outer glass layers.........

There is a little more to it than that & there are certainly some little tricks that you learn when doing it, but that is the basics of it.

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One thing to think of because of your situation with the rot. I do understand that you only have easy or relatively easy access from one side only without a lot more work. However depending on where it is and how bad the rot really is, there is sometimes no substitute for replacing an entire section. Also sometimes depending on the overall size of the main part, replacing the entire section is best...

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