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Gelcoat Repair: What You Need and How to Do It Yourself Without Breaking the Bank or Your Back

A gelcoat is usually used on fiberglass. The gelcoat makes the boat, car, trailer, etc. look good. This coat is subject to the elements, however, and gets damaged. Water, UV rays, and air cause weathering which means you will have to replace or repair this coat eventually. You can do it yourself. You simply need a few things from the hardware store, instructions, time, and a bit of elbow-grease.

You will need a gelcoat repair kit or the separate items if you have them. These kits usually consist of:

  • 250g tin gelcoat
  • 100 ml acetone
  • 50ml catalyst
  • 100ml UV wax
  • 100g polishing compound
  • Mixing cups and sticks
  • Wet and dry paper
  • Clothes
  • Gloves
  • Release film
  • Instructions

Once you have these items, you can start the reparation process. The gelcoat should be restored at least once a year. You will know it’s time when the material starts yellowing. Kits like this can be bought at hardware stores or on eBay.

Step 1: Cleaning

The first step is to clean. It’s relatively easy and water and detergent should do the job. Bleach may be necessary for stains or mildew. You can also use fiberglass cleaner if you feel it is necessary. This part is very important. You want to make sure that all the dirt and stains are removed. This ensures a better result and gets rid of irregularities.

Step 2: Polishing

Polishing basically means that you are wearing away layers of gelcoat. You need to be careful as to not take it all the way off. Replacing a gelcoat is much more expensive and work intensive than a simple repair. Take care to not use materials that are too abrasive. Sanding, compounding, and polishing are all methods of doing this part. They vary in degree of taking off layers. Start with the mildest polish or compound to make sure that you don’t remove too much of the coat. Next, buff the coat with a slow speed polisher. If the speed is too high, the heat from the friction might damage the gelcoat.

Step 3: Sealing

Once the polishing is done, the surface should have a high gloss look. The next step is to apply wax or sealant. The reason for sealing or waxing is two-fold: it fills the microscopic cracks, and it adds a protective coat. This wax coat protects the newly repaired gelcoat against the elements of wind, air and UV rays. After waxing your surface should be nice and shiny.

Now you are ready to repair your boat or other surfaces. Get to your nearest hardware store or go to eBay to purchase the necessary materials. Get some more instructions online and set out a day for this project. Make sure you have some cold refreshments at hand and get started. You will be very impressed with your new gelcoat.



6 Tips on Home Improvement Projects that Will Save You Money and Time and Ensure Your Safety

Many homeowners have the urge to fidget and fix around the house. Whether it’s a new home or one you’ve been living in for years, there is always something that needs to be done. Often you don’t know where to start or you might be a bit nervous. These days you can learn to do anything online or from a book. Do some research and follow our tips. You will be ready for your new project in no time.

1. What adds value? When looking at doing home improvement, find out what will increase the value of your house. Things that are good examples include adding an attic bedroom, remodeling the basement, remodeling the bathroom, add a deck outside, and getting a backup power generator.

2. Professional or DIY? Carefully consider whether your project should be done by a professional or you. Some projects are just better left to the pros. Know your limits.

3. What is urgent? Some home improvement projects are needed for safety or protection purposes. These should be done first. It might only take a few minutes. These projects will be things that keep out the cold in winter or roof repairs.

4. Get better. Many tasks and improvements around the house can be fixed by you. Read books, go to workshops, research online, etc. Increase your knowledge and hone your skills. Things you can do yourself will probably save you money later.

5. Financing. Some home improvement projects might require some extra funding. There are the small projects like painting a wall that is relatively low-cost. The bigger ones like roof repair or remodeling might require a bit more than savings. Know what your options are for loans. Also, know what the impact will be on mortgage insurance and tax breaks.

6. Plan. Be sure to plan before you start. Make sure you have all the right materials and tools. Estimate the cost and time and plan accordingly. Working without a plan can cause some time delays and increase costs if you have to do double work or make unnecessary replacements.

Get reading, get planning, get saving, and get going. Home improvement is fun!



Home Improvement Costs: How to Repair Your Credit Score and What You Can Do to Get Financing with a Bad Credit Score

Being a homeowner can be quite draining on your pocket. Between the mortgage, maintenance and much-needed improvements, money can be tight. At times the improvements that are needed can be very urgent. Often these urgent times are accompanied by bad credit scores because of previous repairs.

When you get to the point where you need to apply for a loan for home improvement, there are different options. Obviously, the best way to be eligible is to have a good credit score or to at least start repairing your credit score. There are ways to start repairing your score and there are options for loans with bad credit. We will look at both.

Improving your credit score:

1. Understand your score. You can get a copy of your credit score. Study it and make sure that you understand what it says and represents. Understand why it is what it is. Try to steer clear of what got you here.

2. Find areas to improve. Once you understand what it says, identify where you went wrong. Notice the actions that you should try to avoid in future and not repeat. Make a note of behavior that you need to improve on.

3. Repair. Now it is time to get tough with yourself. You need to make the hard decisions that will start improving your credit score. You can use a DIY credit repair guide and learn how to repair your credit. Pay off your debt. Avoid taking out more credit before your debt is paid off. Pay off bad debt as fast as you can. You might have to let go of some luxury costs during this time.

Loans:

There are ways to get loans with bad credit. Some might get you into more trouble eventually. Be careful with what you decide.

1. Government loans. Most governments have programs for financing housing projects. Do some research.

2. Private lenders. If you do your research you might find a private lender that will look past bad credit.

3. Co-sign. Ask a friend or family with a good credit score to co-sign with you.

There are many options for improving your score and to work with the bad score. It is always better to try and avoid behaviors that get you to a bad credit score.



6 Simple, Fast, and Low-Cost DIY Home Improvement Projects that You Can Do Over a Weekend

Home improvement and DIY projects can be quite fun. In recent years, many homeowners have taken up their hammers and nails and fixed up their homes themselves. This is, in many ways, a cheaper option than hiring someone. The type of improvement needed obviously also plays a role. Some things need to be left to the professionals.

Sometimes we feel like making a change, but we are unsure what to do. I have a few examples of home improvement projects. They can usually be done in a day or two. They are good for weekend projects.

Add storage space to your entrance hall


The entrance hall usually has heavy traffic. Often items are also left here until needed when you leave again. Add space by putting up a hook or using wicker baskets.

Add divisions in drawers


Use some small pieces of wood or even strong cardboard to create divisions in drawers. You can do this for kitchen drawers or even for appliances. Create a drawer for chargers, phones, iPods, and tablets. They stay out of the way while charging.

Change your taps


Go buy some new fixtures for your taps. This will add some elegance and make it look like a brand-new bathroom. Make sure the fixtures fit with your existing plumbing.

Change your backyard into an escape


Without digging holes and laying tiles, you can transform your backyard. Clean a space and throw down some flagstone. Add some plants, fairy lights, and outdoor furniture. You will have a nice escape and beautiful backyard in a jiffy.

Change a wall color


Paint a wall a different color or get some new wall paper. Simply changing the look of one wall in a room, can make a huge difference. Today there is also the option of pop-out wall art. You can create a whole story or family tree with wall stickers.

Ceiling fan


Add a ceiling fan to a room that is always too hot. It can be done in a day and by nightfall, you will be relaxing in a new, cool room.

These should keep you busy for a while. For more ideas, come back soon!