I'm preparing to glass the deck of a shearwater 16 hybrid. What is the best way to fill in the little gaps and cracks here and there? Some between strips where bead-and-cover have a bit of separation, some at ends of strips where they butt against the cockpit coaming....
The primary problem that occurs to me is matching colors. Seems like I could:
- Fill it with some varying mixture of wood flour and cel-o-fil attempting to match colors by varying the ratio. More wood flour for darker areas -- more cel-o-fil for lighter areas. Perhaps I could use an artist's pallet and knife and wear a snappy beret.
- Just run a fill coat of clear epoxy over the whole deck before glassing and attempt to let that fill into the cracks.
- Some sort of process involving sanding dust. Perhaps infiltrating some epoxy into the crack and then sanding over the general vicinity.
- Just not worry about it, they are mostly fairly small and might just fill up with epoxy when the glass is wetted out?
Seems like difficulty with 1 would be matching colors, 2 would be getting sufficient epoxy to fill in the cracks without excessive runs and without excessive weight, with 3 just sounds difficult, messy and possibly ineffectual, 4 sounds like there is a risk of having air bubbles in those cracks that would be difficult to get filled with epoxy in a few places.
Would it be generally otherwise advisable to do a fill coat of clear epoxy before glassing the deck?