Another thing I don't like is that I did not use masking tape so the repair is not squared off and is taking up more space then it needs to (other thing that I plan on picking up tommorrow). Any more insight or tips would be awesome here guys?? I've posted this same thread on a few other surf forums and am really liking the feedback from everyone. I'm no good at this stuff, but Im trying to get better with your help!!! :)
West Marine has pigment... and a little goes a long way. If you use too much, you'll end up with a rubbery hotcoat that won't ever get hard enough to sand properly. If you use too little, you'll see the discoloration right through it. You want it to match the color of the surrounding area. So... mix your resin and hardener by the appropriate ratio, then add a TINY bit of pigment. Mix well, paint on a THIN layer, and see what it looks like. If it looks too white, you added too much pigment and you need to start over. If it matches, you're good. If it's not opaque enough to mask enough of the discoloration, wipe it off, add another TINY amount of pigment, and test it again. Test it out and keep going until you're happy with the result. But remember, you're going to be sanding most of it off. The purpose of the hotcoat is to fill the weave of the lamination, and give you something to fair out ("feather") into the surrounding area.
Mistakes are not always a bad thing. But even YOU should be able to distinguish between a mistake and a STUPID mistake. Stupid mistakes are things like not reading the label of a product, not following directions, not following advice from somebody who knows... you know, stuff like that.
Also, from experience, like someone else mentioned... if you use qcell it will probably end up being ultra white compared to your board... sometimes I like the look of the clear epoxy over qcell. qcell only really helps with weight issues- and more of a paste to work with.