Repairing Cracks or Splits: Procedures
- Clean and dry the damaged area.
- Use a razor blade or knife to remove burrs or chips.
- Mix enough adhesive to coat the damaged edges and to fill exterior gouges.
- Apply a thin layer of adhesive to as much of the damaged edge as possible.
- Realign the edges and push them together.
- Use tape to hold the pieces tightly together until the adhesive sets. If adhesive squishes out, smooth it out with a gloved finger or rag.
- If you must tape over the adhesive itself, a small piece of saran wrap underneath will keep the glue from bonding to the tape.
- Remove excess glue with a rag and alcohol.
If the area is stable you may proceed with the following immediately, if not wait until the previous application sets (usually about one half hour), then proceed with the remaining steps.
- Cut a piece of the glass tape (included) long enough to cover the damage plus about 1 inch at either end.
- Working on a piece of waxed paper or cardboard, mix an adequate quantity of glue and spread it into the tape with your finger until the tape is saturated with adhesive (apply glue to both sides of the tape if necessary).
- Then place it over the damaged area (inside the boat if possible). Press it in place and work out air from under it with your fingers.
- Allow to harden. Generally the boat may be moved and handled within one hour.
- If cosmetic touch up is needed, use the procedures described for cuts and gouges.