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jamesbagnall
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Hi all.

I am currently repairing a 12ft sailing dinghy - GRP hull with wood around the top and wooden seats.

I have had to replace all the wood around the top of the hull, but do not want to go to all the effort of remaking one of the seats that has a *tiny* bit of rot.

That is, at the edge, where contact has been made with the rotten side timbers, one of the seats has a tiny 'soft' piece.

Can anyone recommend a proprietry wood hardener that will make a repair?

I vaugely remember some years ago seeing a hardware product that was designed for rot in wooden window frames that claimed to 'harden' the rotten part??

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,

James.

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Dec-04-2005 @ 11:23 PM                           Permalink
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This product is still on the market it is like resin you soak the wood with it and it hardens then you fill the wood I have got some somewhere but cant find it at the moment.So dont know the name.

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Dec-04-2005 @ 11:49 PM                           Permalink
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http://www.decoratingdirect.co.uk/viewprod/b/BONWH/
have a look at this stuff its in the uk

have a nice day all the best Dave

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or 'Cuprinol Ultra Tough Wood Hardener'

at http://www.cuprinol.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/CUPUK/Home/Jsp/cuprinolhome_ie.jsp  (then navigate to the right page)  Smile

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hi james, hubby whos a joiner uses this stuff all the time to fill in gaps/repairs ect on doors window frames, skirtings ect, he buys it i believe from screwfix, manson timber, or bennetts ironmongers (derby). i know you have to mix 2 components together, and its supposed to be stronger than the timber its self when dried. name something like harbourflex comes to mind, but i will post tommorrow when hes home and i can ask him for sure.

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just had a word for you when he rang james, its a lumberjack product, see p.m .
the cuprinol/hardener type stuff is really only suitable for very shallow surface repairs, would not recommend using it on a larger area especially where weight bearing is an issue.

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I used a 2 part car body filler on the enterprise. Also from Screwfix. Seems to work OK.

Nigel

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I thought (  Confused ) James was asking specifically about the products that you can treat any remaining rotten wood with before filling the hole.

The type of product that some of us were suggesting is just that, i.e. a liquid treatment that is applied liberally to the exposed wood after as much of the rot has been gouged out, to give a key to whatever filler is used to then fill the hole. (Otherwise any filler will not 'stick' properly, and will either continue to rot, or even fall out...)

The depth of the repair has no relevance on the Cuprinol product that I mentioned, for that reason.  Smile

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ok sorry paul, no disrespect to james, but bill has been out to do 'snagging' jobs where people have just applied  this stuff over the rotten area expecting it to penetrate and 'set' the softened wood like new, prior to repainting. just didnt want to dissapoint james if he thought thats what the product did.
you are right, it only treats a depth of a couple of mm. did explain more about the process in a pm to james, including that all softened area must be removed first. Smile  Hubby bill has been 50years as a time-served joiner, he retires christmas eve, and would never dream of giving misleading advice  Smile

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HI JAMES

I REPLANKEDA 38ft BROADS BOAT ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, AND WE HAD TO DEAL WITH LOTS OF ISOLATED ROT, WE USED 'WEST SYSTEM' IT WAS PURPOSE DESIGNED FOR TIMBER BOATS, YOU COULD ADD FIBRES TO THE 2PACK EPOXY TO CREATE A FILLER THAT WAS VERY HARD WEARIND AND SANDED DOWN JUST LIKE TIMBER.
THIS IS THE LINK

http://www.wessex-resins.com/westsystem/wshistory.html

GOOD LUCK

ANDY

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