98. Top Tips Tuesday - MagicEzy - Fix Hairline Cracks and Chips in Gelcoat
Some years ago Jenny and I purchased hull and deck mouldings for a Hunter Channel 31. The build quality was excellent however nine months down the line we noticed in the corner of the cockpit some very fine stress cracks. On querying this with Hunters we were told that would have been caused by relatively new moulds and due to a lack of flexibility when our cockpit was 'sprung' the gelcoat cracked in one particular area and we only noticed it due to contamination (airborne dirt) which had worked its way into these fine cracks. We did eventually get it sorted but it took a very skilled operator to get rid of the damage. Unfortunately MagiEasy HAIRLINE FIX had not reached the market when we came to carry out this particular exercise!
Last season saw the introduction to the UK marine market of MagiEasy HAIRLINE FIX and 9 SECOND CHIP FIX as well as their powerful Primer Sealant MEGA FUSION. Imported in from Australia they have without a doubt been one of our best selling products in 2015. They are easy to use, there is no mixing involved, except for colour matching if required, however surface preparation is important. The crack should be cleaned out using a pin or toothbrush then washed with dishwashing detergent and rinsed clean. You can use a hairdryer to accelerate the drying process. Hairline Fix would of course be perfect for those tiny stress cracks and 9 second Chip Fix would, I am sure, have been the way to tackle the 'chip' caused by a screwdriver falling out of a bosuns chair 40 foot up and of course hitting the deck point first!