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Yellow substance leaking from keel

Posted By: Ryan Anderson

Yellow substance leaking from keel - 10/11/21 11:09 AM

A week after being hauled out I noticed a yellow substance coming out of the keel. It was kind of sticky, and then a week later it dried and now resembles dried mud. The area around the substance has a very thin soft layer, I can push it in like a piece of bubbled out paper. Underneath seems solid. There is a slight discoloration of the paint surrounding the area. Any idea what this is? Is a repair needed?

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Posted By: Rhapsody #348

Re: Yellow substance leaking from keel - 10/11/21 11:38 AM

You are seeing the result of water that has penetrated the barrier coat / fairing.
  • Use an orbital sander and sand the area down to reach the lead.
  • Make sure all the areas on the edge are well bonded to the lead
  • Feather the edges about 2 inches so there is no bottom paint, just the barrier coat and fairing
  • Score the lead using a stiff wire brush
  • Mask around the area
  • mix unthickened neat epoxy and use the wire brush to work it in the scored lead
  • tape release cloth over the area, squeegee smooth and let cure
  • peel release cloth when cured and wash with plain water to remove any amine blush
  • dry and light sand with 80 grit paper to rough up cured epoxy - hand sand so you don't burn through, then wipe clean with acetone
  • apply Interprotect 2000e barrier coat - one coat and let cure
  • If there are any low spots fair with epoxy thickened with microlight fairing compound and let cure
  • sand with 80 grit and wipe clean with acetone
  • apply 3 layers Interprotect 2000e - you can follow the timing using the thumbprint test for recoat.
  • apply bottom paint within the time limit for thumbprint test, or later which requires light sanding.

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