Filling Holes?

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In the process of fitting out an old trailer sailer I have a few holes to fill.

Is there anything I can use from local builders mercahants/diy sheds etc? Some of the holes are blind (ie under the capping strip on the gunwale) and a couple are in the deck... I'm just looking for a cheap product that will seal them as I'm a long way from a 'proper' chandlers.

Any ideas?

Thanks...
 

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It is worth your while doing a proper job and getting some epoxy resin [Araldite] and some filler [colloidal silica].

At a push you could use polyester resin but it does not 'stick' as well. [Isopon P40 try Halfords or any car diy place. ]

Araldite is not the best resin for that.It goes soft with the heat from sanding quite a long time after going hard.An epoxy filler is better.
 

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You could try a local Fibre Glass repair dealer, I get my resin/epoxy/mat/ cleaner from a guy who makes Kiddies roundabouts etc, only costs me a fiver for the tea club.
 

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In the process of fitting out an old trailer sailer I have a few holes to fill.

Is there anything I can use from local builders mercahants/diy sheds etc? Some of the holes are blind (ie under the capping strip on the gunwale) and a couple are in the deck... I'm just looking for a cheap product that will seal them as I'm a long way from a 'proper' chandlers.

Any ideas?

Thanks...
Surely you dont need to be close to a chandlers- just order online.A tube of gelcoat repair is only a few quid. Probably cheaper to get delivered than to start the car these days!
 

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In the process of fitting out an old trailer sailer I have a few holes to fill.

Is there anything I can use from local builders mercahants/diy sheds etc? Some of the holes are blind (ie under the capping strip on the gunwale) and a couple are in the deck... I'm just looking for a cheap product that will seal them as I'm a long way from a 'proper' chandlers.

All this talk of epoxy with filler is great, but a heck of a nuisance for a few screw or bolt holes. I use two part epoxy putty for such things. You can get it in chandlers, from eBay or at my local "Home Hardware" shop - probably at a diy place near you too. You mix the two parts, both of which have roughly the consistency of plasticine, until you get a uniform colour and you then have something like blue tack which sets solid in a few minutes. Squish it into the hole from behind until it just protrudes above the surface, then smooth it off.

It's cheap, clean and very easy to do in tiny quantities.
 

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I keep Milliput in white and brown for many repairs, including gelcoat chips. It used to be widely available from model shops, DIY outlets etc but doesn't seem so common nowadays. It's a two-pack filled epoxy similar to the purpose made ones in chandleries but much cheaper.
 
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