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    Posted: 22 Aug 18 at 9:28pm
Hi,

Whats the best way to repair small chips around the edge of a dinghy rudder, in this case a Solo rudder?  Obviously it's not going to make a massive difference to performance but it will be one less thing I can blame my poor results on  Big smile

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You could try white gel coat repair and use sellotape to contain it, then rub it down afterwards. A better investment however would be a book on racing tactics, those chips won't do anything compared to a bad start.

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Do both. Those chips are cheap to mend, using gelcoat filler or even car body filler, and psychologically will help massively, as at the same time sand and polish the blade. You start to get more in tune with your boat, at one with the wind shifts, you become an upwind god. Then you hit a patch of weed and come crashing back down to earth. Nice while it lasts!

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Yes, gel coat filler is the answer, and easy - but should you perhaps leave them - so you do have something to blame your results on  Wink

Or follow GRF's unusually good advice!
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Yup... gel coat and parcel tape. Works a treat.

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Plastic Padding type car filler is easier to work than gel coat filler but is greeny-grey colour.

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Stay away from the brown parcel tape! The tape comes off leaving a right mess of adhesive behind. Plain old sellotape is what I have found works best. All it is doing is excluding air (oxygen) so the gelcoat dries hard rather than tacky.
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Or get the stryene wax solution to add to the gelcoat
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The above advice does assume its a gel coated rudder. Not all are...
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I was going to suggest Plastic Padding too.  I think you can now get it in white.
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