Most marine craft of whatever size constructed in GRP, must have repairs required made during their existence, these include filling and fairing compounds. Production in GRP hulls that emerge from all boat builders’ moulds have a smooth gel coat finish, this high-quality finish is to the skill of the builder’s original shape or 'plug' from which the mould was formed. The same high standard of finish can also be seen in 'one-off' composite racing sailboats. These craft mostly use epoxy rather than polyester resin in their construction and are built over a male plug. All one-off racing sailboats use lightweight epoxy filler mixers and specialize in high performance paint schemes to obtain the necessary high standard of finish.

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