So I have made a few steps since my last post. It was washed with soap and water to get rid of the WD-40 oils. After cleaning it up like a wound and taking all the “dead edges” off I put a first layer of G-flex. It was really easy. I put a milk crate under the seat and that brought it close to level to keep the G-flex in place.
I then sanded it rough and layered G-flex soaked Dynel over the area. I picked Dynel 1) before I saw what I had under the tape 2) for the abrasion resistance. I did 1 layer a day, but got antsy and did 2 skinny layers yesterday…apparently multiple layers is okay to do.
It all seems to be drying fine. I have been trying to build back strength and structure so far. Next I’ll do a strip or 2 that bridges to the vinyl, and finish with a tear drop shaped skid guard.
Method wise this is super easy. But I’ll say the aesthetic is below my original hopes, but I’ve come to terms this isn’t a show boat. The part I can’t get right is the woven Dynel fibers get loose and wild. I was told sharper scissor and cutting at 45 degrees should help. I’ll give that a go.
Also Sweet Composites in Maryland sold me the material and has been available for advice. It is Mom and Pop business that only sells small boat building and repair materials. They are online but only take phone orders. If you need repair materials, check them out. (No affiliation, just a happy customer)