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    Gouge On Bottom (Advise Requested)

    I have this gouge on bottom of boat about 6 inches up from very bottom of boat close to keel gaurd. I know every gouge is a unique situation. I don't like the looks of it but I'm quite certain it's not hurting anything at the moment. I was thinking of trying to epoxy it with some paste epoxy made by PC-7. It claims to bond to anything and be waterproof. It is black so would somewhat match. Gouge is on a greatly slanted surface. I thought that might protect the area in case it ever got hit again. Any thoughts?
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    If you are not hyper about matching color, I would look at West Marine stuff. Epoxy resin + hardener, then silica microbaloons that you mix in to make a peanut-butter like filler. Sand with 100 grit to remove any remaining threads or fibers, then wet with just the resin/hardener, let it partially cure, then fill with the resin + silica mixture. Sand to match contour. This stuff is VERY strong and also resists water intrusion. Marine Tex is another choice but don't think it is as strong overall.
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    This is the product I was thinking of using. That is unless I'm advised against doing so or better options are available. The surface is almost upside down so thought a paste epoxy would be best so it doesn't say. I'm an amateur at all this at best even though I want the best for my boat
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    #4
    Black marine-Tex and lots of wet sanding, you’ll never know it was damaged if you sand it properly.

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    This product will work, but it will not match the original gelcoat, especially if you are putting it on a 2017 hull.

    If you do not care about cosmetics and how it looks it will certainly fill the gouge.

    Marine Tex will work, but does not come in black, only white and gray, you would need to buy some gelcoat tint and try to pigment it to black, but again you will not come close to the original factory black.

    To make it look new you would need to order a small quantity of correct color black gel from Bass Cat and fill/sand/compound.

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    Sorry, I could have sworn that I saw black marine Tex. Guess not.

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    No problem grout-scout. And thanks for the pm explanation. It still helped me learn about epoxying for the future.
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    #8
    Use Marine Tex. If it's into the glass you're getting water in there and it's hurting it.

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    It looks to me that in one area that the gouge is right down to the pink fibreglass. In that case, I would be darn sure that the area dries out thoroughly before any repair.
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    You can buy a can of Gel Coat in the color of you hull from BassCat parts. You will just need to buy the hardener from a local auto parts store.