new 5.5 owner
Been lurking for several months, and took the plunge.
We have just purchased a 1980 Mirage 5.5 in NJ and towed it to Vermont
where we live near Lake Champlain. I posted photos in the album named
The main repair I am looking at is the rusty swing keel. I've been
looking through the archives and find some information about rust
removal, and paint recommendations. If you can point me to a message
number or summary of keel repair I would appreciate it.
What I pick up so far is to chip the rust off with chisel, and have it
sand blasted. Filling and fairing the rust holes I am not sure what
to use. Should I weld metal back into the gouges and grind smooth, or
fill it with epoxy filler?
I read that I should then coat it West System epoxy of some kind.
Also saw some indoor/outdoor carpet bonded to the upper part to keep
from having play. That looks like a good idea.
All suggestions appreciated.