Originally Posted by VKMama
Here is a photo the panel that got ripped off. Thank you Carol H
First go to a shop, they're going to quote you something astronomical. The wood looks intact and not-compromised. So, after you calm down, go to home depot and buy some Bondo Resin with liquid catalyst (comes with it) and some Bondo Filler with red paste catalyst (comes with it)....rough up the perimeter surface near the damaged area.
Now take no more than a plum- ball size "part" of filler and same amount of resin and mix together, add about 9 drops of liquid catalyst and about a big toothbrush-toothpaste size dollop of red catalyst paste. Mix very well in a plastic bowl (not waxed paper bowl) into a thick red syrup, but work quickly, use a paintbrush and paint
it on in a very thin coat, it will harden very fast so make it quick but don't leave drips. Don't feel you have to use it all up if it starts globbing before you get done. Just mix a fresh batch, maybe less at a time.
Let this set up all shiny and hard, then do 2 more coats like this. If you're careful you won't even need much sanding later. Depending on your technique *lumpiness* just hit it with a 240 or finer sand paper until it blends in with the rest of the finish. Sand with ever finer grit until you can't feel a differential between surfaces. Then paint
both areas with gloss marine paint
, trying to duplicate designs, or maybe removing the stencil from both sides to match things up.
So for about $35 and some sweat and paint you could be all fixed up. Not much to lose in trying since to fix that they'd tear off the whole panel. I believe, based on my limited experiences with this stuff, you can make it all "disappear".
You'd have to hunt down the trim molding later.