Gel coat drips and runs

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drips on gel-coat

Drips on gel-coat: 2007-06-05.

Nikon Coolpix 8400.

Drips that landed on the otherwise quite smooth finish achieved by spraying the gel-coat. Droplets were forming on the downstream side of the atomiser tube of my very simple suction-tube spray-gun, and dripping off every so often, once they got to a critical size. Sometimes they missed the workpiece, sometimes they didn't.

Runs on gel-coat

runs on gel-coat

Runs on gel-coat: 2007-06-05.

Nikon Coolpix 8400.

The area around the rudder horn recess on the port side shows that some runs have occurred in the sprayed gel-coat. I'm not sure if this happened when the hinge vee or the port side was being sprayed. I suspect the former, as this area would have been less-well seen while spraying the hinge vee, and I could easily have laid it on too thick without noticing.

Drip on gel-coat filed flat

gel-coat drip filed flat

Drip on gel-coat filed flat: 2007-06-05.

Nikon Coolpix 8400.

Here's a close-up of what one of the drips looks like after some careful filing using a Sandvik 402 small abrader, 285 grit. The tool is small and well-shaped for tackling small protruding spots without damaging the surrounding area. Well, not too much - you can see I managed to make some scuffs outside the area of the former drip.

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