View Full Version : Fairing Painted Carvel Planking

01-21-2005, 08:10 PM
Ok, guys.......I'm looking for a concensus here. What's THE BEST material to use to smooth-out all the little digs, dings, cracks and seams in my 1-1/2" thick painted cedar hull?

Nicholas Carey
01-21-2005, 08:44 PM
For filling bseams, you want to use something like Interlux Seam Compound (http://www.fisheriessupply.com/online/ln_menu/product.asp/mode/1/product_id/13524/hideprops/1/Ntt/seam+compound/N/ 4294963887/Ne/6/catalog_name/FISCO/R/3564/act/A01/Ntx/mode+matchpartial+rel+Inactive/Ns/P_Sort/Ntk/All). Comes in brown (below the waterline) and white (above the waterline) flavors.

For filling little dings, scratches, scrapes, etc., epoxy and microballoons mixed to a peanut butter consistency putty works well.

Also look at Interlux Surfacing Putty (http://www.fisheriessupply.com/online/ln_menu/product.asp/mode/1/product_id/13521/hideprops/1/Ntt/fairing/N/429496 3887/Ne/6/catalog_name/FISCO/R/3548/act/A01/Ntx/mode+matchpartial+rel+Inactive/Ns/P_Sort/Ntk/All).

And 3M Acryl Marine Putty (http://www.fisheriessupply.com/online/ln_menu/product.asp/mode/1/product_id/13825/hideprops/1/Ntt/fairing/N/429496 5161/Ne/6/catalog_name/FISCO/R/3879/act/A01/Ntx/mode+matchpartial+rel+Inactive/Ns/P_Sort/Ntk/All) (comes in white or green) works well, too.

Some people have even been known to use :D Bondo.

Lots of choices there.

01-21-2005, 09:33 PM
In the better yacht emporiums (emporia?) of Newport, bondo is referred to as bondeau .

01-21-2005, 10:27 PM
Putting Bondo in a wooden boat is a short lived fix that only makes the problem worse. Bondo keeps moisture against the wood and speeds up the decay process.
Of course......it is your boat.

01-22-2005, 12:21 AM
My comment re bondo was meant as humor.
I do not endorse polyester-based putties such as bondo.

01-22-2005, 05:22 AM
Interlux makes a two part filler it,s expensive but it,s worth it. Sold as a gallon of each part one white one blue I think it,s 214 or 214- . It doesn,t hold or attract moisture and sands very easily. The cost is around $200 but it will last a very long time.