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Re: Keel Blisters

Mike, and Kathy,
To do a lasting repair job on your keel, you need to take the gel coat off. I have used a grinder with 12 grit paper. Then use the Interlux system to epoxy the keel. It takes two coats of primer and thee coats of finish coat. You can put on two coats a day, if you start early. This is the only way I know of to cure blisters. If you are not willing to do this, keep repairing the ones that show up every year.
Gene Adams
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Sent: Monday, May 26, 2003 8:17 AM
Subject: Keel Blisters

I have a San Juan 23 which I bought new in '86 and have kept at Poulsbo, WA in the water.  Greatest investment  I ever made!  The last few times I have  taken it out to paint the bottom, there have been a few small blisters on the keel, which I have repaired individually.
This summer I am planning to sand the keel down to the gelcoat and put on a new barrier coat.
Anybody had similar problems? Any ideas?

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