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Old 05-24-2004, 10:39 PM
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Default Getting started with fiberglass and carbon fiber!

Hi guys,

I am working on a scratch built model and want to consider fiberglass and/or carbon fiber for either parts or the whole. I'm looking for websites which may have idiot-proof tutorials, information, and so forth.

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Old 05-25-2004, 11:10 PM
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Old 05-26-2004, 12:40 AM
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Default RE: Getting started with fiberglass and carbon fiber!

Look back through this forum -- there's a wealth of information here.

Also remember that Google is your friend when you're looking for information on the Net.

There are several disks and tapes mentioned here and some have been reviewed.

It's also not a stupid idea to just have a bit of a play with resins and cloths. You can learn an awful lot by experimenting.
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Thanks. I found a few tutorials of how to apply fiberglass, and it seems basic: the fiberglass cloth is laid on the material to be covered, resin is poured, allowed to soak/brushed into the cloth, allowed to dry, and excess is cut and sanded. Is this pretty much all there is to it? (note: I am not referring to the "mold" method).

So how different is the application of carbon fiber from this, and are there pages for it, too? I was unable to find any. [&o]
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If you want to stop by my shop in Santa Ana, I'll show you how to work with composites. It's not hard.

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Thanks for the offer - I may do just that!
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Carbon is much the same-just more expensive, but lighter. Just be careful with cloth after its cured. Ive heard that you can get splinters off it. They are invisible to Xray and continue to work their way up your arm (if you get it in your hand.) Im not sure about the truth to this.

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Carbon doesn't have some sort of "homing beacon" to take it up your arm... but carbon splinters will often migrate deeper if you don't remove them. Like any other splinter, they can pose potential health risks... so always wear gloves and a mask when cutting, grinding or sanding. If you get a splinter, remove it with tweezers as soon as possible.

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Wow, that sounds scary. I know of the hazards of fiberglass, especially when it comes to skin irritation and inhalation, but the fact that carbon fibers "migrate deeper" is pretty scary. I have a pet who goes outside, so even if I were to do this in a well-ventilated area, I would still be hard-pressed to clean up all the residue.
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ANY splinter will migrate deeper. This includes fiberglass and wood. Do not be fearful of carbon... just take care of yourself. Enjoy your hobby.

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