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Peter Roach

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Deck painting
« on: December 01, 2010, 08:02:43 pm »
I have been preping my deck for painting and have ground out and filled thousands of holes and cracks. Most of the cracks have been gel coat and generally have been fairly small. It appear the gelcoat was very thick in many places and thus caused cracks. Also, I have encountered a lot of voids under the gelcoat that needed to be ground out completely.

I am using a Dremel and a small end mill to grind them out. I start with a hole at each end of the crack and then grind in between the holes with the side of the end mill. You have to use both hands to ensure the end mill does not wander all over the deck - ouch.

I am filling the non structural cracks with West System with fairing compound. This is nice since it sands easy and is the same color as the gelcoat. The structural cracks I fill with the West Systems with the adhesive filler to give it more strength.

I plan on rolling and tipping the deck on the first day that looks nice. I will let you guys know how it goes.
I tried having a bad day once but I did not like it