Looking for repair suggestions . . .
I just acquired a 1988 Wenonah Sundowner with fiberglass and gel-coat layup as a fixer-upper. It’s definitely seen better days. I needed something to leave at my land for lake canoeing that would paddle nicely and not be likely to be stolen.
Most of my repair has involved drilling out and replacing the many loose rivets, replacing a broken front seat, and sanding, oiling, and re-hanging the yoke. That’s the easy part.
Unfortunately, the get-coat had cracked in several places (non-structural damage) and the previous owner put several large, ugly, and unecessary brown patches onto the white gel-coat. I am trying to decide what to do with these.
Options I had considered:
- Leave it as-is.
- Sand off the brown and repair with auto body putty and spray paint as recommended by Cliff Jacobson.
- Sand off the gel-coat, re-epoxy the outside, and make a skin-coat boat out of it. This would
shed some extra weight and possibly make this 75lb canoe more useful for wilderness travel.
What do you all think about this? Especially converting to a skin-coat? Would it be possible to easily remove the gel-coat and make it look nice? What would be the easiest way to remove the gel-coat? How much would this weaken the structure of the canoe? How much weight would this remove?
All help is appreciated. Thanks!