If your boat has fallen on hard times – or a hard surface – and the FIBERGLASS is in need of repair, our team of experts will make the repairs needed. We do structural composite repairs and cosmetic gelcoat repairs. Call David to discuss the work you wish to have done.
If you have an older boat that has seen better days, let our guys restore her back to original condition. Jose Jr and Javier will work with our Painter, Miguel to make your boat beautiful once again! For Custom Paint jobs, you can trust Miguel and his team to make your boat look spectacular!
The cost of fiberglass and gelcoat repair can vary greatly depending on the level of damage. Our hourly labor rate is $97.50, per hour.
Hairline cracks, stress cracks or spider cracks can occur in the gelcoat surfaces of fiberglass boats or many other water craft and are often seen as a cosmetic issue. In most cases this is true, however it is important to seal them correctly otherwise water could penetrate into the fiberglass and cause more serious damage. Most stress cracks occur in the gelcoat layer of fiberglass surfaces and can be repaired quickly. If structural damage is suspected, we will inspect the hull thoroughly for any moisture damage that could have damaged the structure of your boat.
These problems occur as a result of:
- Stress and Movement (hence the term Stress Crack)
- Manufacturing issues
- Environmental challenges
HOW TO AVOID GELCOAT STRESS CRACKS?
Spider cracks can be avoided by countersinking holes just through the gelcoat, so the load is placed on the structural fiberglass rather than the brittle gelcoat. Quite often however, it’s near impossible to prevent these unsightly cracks due to the fact gelcoat is so brittle and rigid.
The outer surface of a fiberglass boat is normally a resin called gelcoat. Gelcoat acts like paint which protects the hull and gives it its color and shine. The ultra high gloss most new boats exhibit is due entirely to the highly polished, mirror-like surface of the mold used in the original construction of the boat.
Time and exposure to the elements can eventually erode the relatively soft surface of gelcoat, leaving it dull and chalky. Fortunately, the gloss usually can be restored.
Still have Questions?
Feel free to contact us for additional information or help with fiberglass customization and repair.
Gulf Coast Complete Marine Service
2301 Anders Lane
Kemah, Texas 77565
PHONE : (281) 334-4417
FAX : (281) 334-2418
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