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Old 10-26-2022, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default Filling striped bimini snap holes.

I have a few places where the male portion of a snap (screwed into the gel-coat/fiberglass) for the bimini has pulled out, leaving a hole slightly larger than the snap's screw.

Since a larger screw won't fit through the snap, I see myself with three options - ranging from easiest to hardest (at least in my mind).

1) Use a drywall anchor insert in the original hole. I'd probably just need to Dremel out the original hole a bit to fit an insert large enough to handle the original screw.

2) Drill a new starter hole and screw the snap in close to the original hole and use a snap extender to bridge the small 'gap'. I'd seal up the original hole with silicone.

3) Fill the original with something strong enough to hold the screw - gel coat, maybe? - and then just screw the original screw back where it belongs.

Looking for advice from folks who have had success in similar repairs.
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I prefer #3 but would use Loctite Marine epoxy. I've done this for my bimini top bracket screws.
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+1 on what Mike said.
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I've used EZ Tech marine epoxy by Petit for a repair like that, fill the hole and then pre drill hole when cured.
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I've used EZ Tech marine epoxy by Petit for a repair like that, fill the hole and then pre drill hole when cured.
Agreed, this is a alternative to Marine-Tex, which would also work. Even West Systems with a filler would be fine.
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Old 10-28-2022, 05:17 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the help folks ... Fill and drill. I have my project for next week.
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