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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:52 pm 
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My '86 epo rudders are showing the fiberglass webbing - probably from too much sun exposure. How do I resurface them?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:07 pm 
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I'd get some low-density filler (or talcum powder) and mix up some epoxy so that it forms a frosting-like consistancy; then spread it over the rudder, making sure to fill in all the exposed weave. Later you can sand it smooth. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 6:23 am 
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I used the West System epoxy with the fast hardener and the graphite filler (same formula as for the bottom jobs). The graphite turns the mixture black and makes the EPO rudder look new again. If you really need to fill some areas, you can add the colloidal silica, but I have not needed this with the rudders. The rudders weight slightly more after this job, but I have noticed no difference in performance. Compared to the plastic rudders on my 14, they work great with no humming.

I have been thinking about adding a layer of gelcoat to the epoxied epo's, but that shall wait until the winter.

Good luck...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:36 am 
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Both of the above suggestions sound good, but you need to topcoat or the UV rays will eventually make your rudders chalky and dull. From what I hear, gelcoat may not bind properly on epoxy. Garden variety epoxy appliance paint in a spray can has worked well for me.

I recommend that you use only enough epoxy to smooth over the glass fibers and dings. Too much and you may get runs, sags, and/or clearance problems, and sanding fully cured epoxy is tough! I did my EPOs with laminating epoxy, a little colloidal silica to minimize runs/sags, and graphite filler; then sanded smooth, topcoated with appliance paint, and added a coat or two of polish for good measure. They look great after 6+ months in the sun.

Take care of 'em 'cause EPOs ROCK!

Jerome Vaughan
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:17 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions! I think I'll try the epoxy appliance paint as I don't have any real bad dings or chunks. I'll let you know how they turn out.


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 Post subject: REfinishing EPO Rudders
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:39 pm 
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http://www.thebeachcats.com/OnTheWire/h ... /tip29.htm

I found this while check the old On The Wire archives. I plan to do this to mine. Hope this helps.

Doug


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