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Re: sealing a wooden jon-boat

I have used laquer, varnish, porch and decking enamel and etc. as a wooden boat sealer many times. BUT The boat that I am now working on will be sealed it with fiberglass resin. The resin can be thinned and painted on the fresh wood just as paint or laquer. I will put it on thin so that it soaks into the grain. It dries fast. Can be lightly sand it in between coats and finished the same day. I will color the resin (green) before using it so that I will not need to paint my boat. I am going to coat the inside first then roll the boat over on to supports covered with plastic. As the inside is drying I will coat the outside. The resin will run into the cracks and act as glue and filler for the very fine cracks between the ribs and etc. If I need a heavy filler I will mix glass beads (the kind used for blasting) with resin and putty that into cracks as needed. My boat is made of unfinished ply wood and I do not plan on using any fiberglass matting over the seams. If I decide to seal a seam. I will go to walmart get green nylon mesh from the fabric dept. Place it over freshly applied resin partly cured but still sticky. Cover the entire surface with wax paper and by rubbing on top of the papper I will embed the cloth into the resin. Add another light coat. Lightly sand, recoat and bingo. Light wieght, sealed, colored and ready to go fishing. Sealed,Painted and fishing the same day. Can you beat that idea,smile. Chief

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