If you notice any chips, scrapes or gouges in the gelcoat exterior of your boat, it is important to fix the damage asap, especially if the damage exposes the fiberglass matting underneath.
This sort of damage can allow moisture to penetrate into the boat’s layup and cause gelcoat blistering down the track.
As a boat owner, you have a few different options when it comes to repairing gelcoat. You could contact your nearest boatyard and pay a boat repair professional to fix it for you. The advantage with this option is that you are pretty much guaranteed a near perfect repair. The downside is obviously cost. Expect to pay anywhere from a couple of hundred to a thousand dollars for a pro.
For the more adventurous types, you may want to consider purchasing a DIY (Do it yourself) Gelcoat Repair Kit.
For as little as $24.99 (MSRP), you can purchase a tube of MagicEzy 9 Second Chip Fix, which as the name suggests, is a fast and easy way to repair gelcoat and fiberglass damage. This colored filler comes in 11 popular boat colors and is ready-to-use straight from the tube. Application is easy and in a few seconds, even a novice handyman can repair small holes, chips and cavities in the hull of their boat.
The other great thing about MagicEzy, is the strength and flexibility of the patented formula. According to laboratory tests, MagicEzy 9 Second Chip Fix is more than 5 times stronger than the leading gelcoat brands.
Note, the product is recommended for use above the waterline and should not be used in temperatures below 10°C (as it won’t cure). Also, a little time is required for 9 Second Chip Fix to fully cure (up to 14 days) in order to achieve a super-strong and long-lasting repair.