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Saturated Anchor Locker Lid Repair - Part 2

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Following on from Part 1 of this blog the next day after the epoxy had cured I preceded to pre-cut out 2 layers of 6 oz fiberglass cloth, a sheet of 3.5mm plastic sheeting (used for covering floors during construction etc.) sourced from Home Depot, and pre-cut a sheet of cardboard. The next task involved wetting the top layer of the balsa core and then applying a layer of cloth and working this into the epoxy and followed by another layer of cloth and working the cloth into the gap around the perimeter of the lid that was filled with epoxy. I used a lot of epoxy to ensure the cloth was drowned in it on the balsa and should mention that all the sides of the locker lid were masked off to protect the outside of the lid from epoxy dripping off the sides. Next I applied the plastic sheet and cardboard and finally some weight as shown in the pictures. In addition I used clamps and cross timbers underneath to ensure I had the correct curvature of the aft end of the lid and also used a level to ensure both port and starboard sides where level aft forward. Picture on right below shows the final underside that I plan to paint.

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Updated 03-07-2018 at 04:46 PM by kiwisailor

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  1. hilco woudstra's Avatar
    Great information, I am ready for new balsa core next.
    Your info comes in timely....thanks.

    Hilco on Sketcher.