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I'm looking at a '97 Chaparral Sunesta. The interior is in great shape but the exterior has some spider cracks in the gel coat (above the water line). I believe they are only an aesthetic issue, but boats are supposed to look good too. Is there any glass guys out here that knows if a repair that can be done on these.

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Just about anything on glass can be fixed... it just costs more as it gets complicated.

How many is "some"?

Can you tell if there is a reason for the cracks.. did the boat strike something, did something inside the hull hit hard enough to make the gelcoat crack? Does that boat have a cored hull?
 

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Spider Cracks take a lot of time and patience to repair but are not that difficult.

First you'll need a dremel with a "V" cutter on it. Follow the crack from the start to the finish with your dremel and cut down into the gel ocat like you were removing grout on tile. Once finished and cleaned out use a filler (again like grout) fill the hole and let dry.

The tricky part is matching the gel coat and it is helpful if you use someone like Eastpointe Fiberglass Sales on 9 Mile near Kelly. They have all the materials you need and will even answer your questions when they come up.

Eastpointe Fiberglass Sales 18625 9 Mile Eastpointe 773-4237 [email protected] ask for Mark
 
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