Hi all, this is my first post to the forum. My wife and I live in Utah but are both originally from the upper midwest so we have fond memories of taking big heavy aluminum canoes out on Minnesota lakes and rivers. We just bought a '94 Mad River Explorer Special Edition in Kevlar and are getting ready to repair it. The gelcoat is damaged in a few spots and there are a few areas of spider cracks. I have ordered some gelcoat from Wenonah and am assembling some other items we need to use it. I have MEKP and am going to get some appropriate sandpapers as well.
The interior of the canoe looks to be in good shape, and I don’t see any damage to the kevlar layer, not that I really know what I’m looking for. The seller of the boat seemed quite knowledgeable (perhaps he’s on this forum) and my understanding is that gelcoat is mostly cosmetic anyway, it’s not too important as compared to the rest of the structure of the boat.
My main question is: when removing cracked gelcoat from an impact site on the hull, how far do you go? Do you keep flaking it back with say a razor knife until it’s not easily popped off?
Looking forward to learning more!
ETA this is the most helpful video I’ve found showing how to do the repair. I’m basing my plans on the advice I got from the seller and this video, and of course additional info I get here.