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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:30 pm 
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Need some advice before I make a major mess of my EPO rudders...

I have old EPO rudders that have fiberglass showing through black covering.

I know that the right thing to do is to get epoxy, graphite powered, etc, and fill in the cracks and then repeatedly sands and then paint. I just do not have the tech skills and/or time and/or work place to make this approach happen. I am considering two options:

1) sanding them with 200 or 400 wet sandpaper and then painting them with polyurethane marine paint and sanding them with 800 to 1000 and then repainting and repeating until they are smooth. only have a paint brush which has me a bit concerned about the final finish but this seems doable.

2) ship them to someone in the United States who has more experience and who can re-finish them for me.

Ideas regarding the above options or better ideas would be welcome. Prefer to do it myself but was wondering if you all know anyone who does this sort of work Stateside?

If option one then advice on how to exactly proceed would be most welcome (e.g., do I have the right paint?--will polyurethane paint work? what sand paper grade to use?).

Cheers,
Reuben
1981 Hobie 16 (Lac Leman, Switzerland)


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