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Old 04-03-2012, 06:19 AM
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For a more detailed view of this process, go to my web site. Click on "Fiberglassing with epoxy" for a tutorial I wrote/posted in 2004

Google my name "Terry Holston" to get there.....................
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:57 AM
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I used the TerryH way and loved it.

The peelply method is by far the fastest,lightest and best way to go. Its has no downside other then going into a crafting store full of old ladies to get 100% polyester fabric...............
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Pete, you mentioned you are mixing different %s of hardners, (I'm guessing to get faster cure times) Perhaps that is the issue.

Invertmasters, Peel method is great, what systems West resin do most people prefer?
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:51 PM
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HI , I do not know where you read that, I mix the standard 5to 1 mix.
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Pete, you mentioned you are mixing different %s of hardners, (I'm guessing to get faster cure times) Perhaps that is the issue.

Invertmasters, Peel method is great, what systems West resin do most people prefer?
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:12 PM
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Another trick I use for small areas (but kind of expensive), I lay the cloth and use slow CA then brush it around. When I'm happy Zi spray accelerator and watch magic happen. Then finish with primer and sand. You can get a part ready for paint in 20 minutes (depending on primer set time). Works great on repairs.
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http://web.archive.org/web/200603221...erglassing.htm

Article I wrote years ago using Z-poxy. Works great. Have since converted to WEST Systems as I find it provides a tougher more dent resistant finish. And easier to sand.

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Old 04-03-2012, 05:38 PM
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One thing with West is that you must be meticulous about getting the mixing ratios spot on. Either use a set of scales or measure using syringes.

NOTE THAT THE RATIOS ARE DIFFERENT BY WEIGHT OR BY VOLUME.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:05 AM
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thats amine blush, don't mix hardeners, and do wash with soap and water if the first coat goes past sticky, maybe normal hardener at 1 hour or less at 70* f . another real good method is to use a polyester cloth over the top of the 1st coat as a peel ply, one of the guys here recommended it and it works a treat, just put on your fiberglass and resin then squegee the polyester or nylon cloth over the top, let it harden completely and the top poly just peels away, it has a slightly rough surface ( the shape of the weave) which sands out easily. by far the best way to go, and only 1 app required
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:08 AM
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P.S. the guru on glassing was Terry H
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Gentlemen,
Could someone recommend a high build, sandable primer that I could brush on, after I've glassed.

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Gentlemen,
Could someone recommend a high build, sandable primer that I could brush on, after I've glassed.

Thanks,
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From my experience, I would need more information before answering. Are you looking for something that gets mostly sanded off and primarily serves to show areas that need to be fixed, or are you looking for something that can also serve as a base for painting, and what kind of paint do you intend to use?

For the former, I use a single-part, lacquer-based automotive primer readily available at places like Advance Automotive. For the latter, I use a 2-part urethane primer like K-36, or occasionally, a somewhat less expensive alternative like Transtar 2K...

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Didnt know polyester dress liner would function like peel-n-ply. That's a great tip. Thx
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:16 PM
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A detailed how-to glassing technique from the late Dan Parsons...

http://www.geocities.ws/condorsrc/tipinfo/fibrglas.html
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Attached are the instructions for Z-poxy finishing resin directly from the package. Please note that 1 coat is recommended and no thinning.
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A really handy way to mix West System epoxy for our small applications is to use the West System 101-TS Epoxy packets. These pre-packaged repair packets contain one 13.75 ml packet of 105 Epoxy Resign and one 2.75 ml packet of 205 Hardner. They are sold lots of places I get mine at West Marine. The 101-t repaik kit is sold with 6 packet sets. It is pretty much impossible to not get the perfect mix. This does not make a very big batch, only .56 Fl Oz, but if you are needing a small batch of West System epoxy this is pretty hard to beat.
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If you use a roller and not a squeege you have a finish thats near perfect right off the bat. Small sponge rollers are available at DIY stores or from places like Aero Composits.

You put it on and just roll it out. It's like painting a wall with a roller.

I haven't tried the poly dress material method, interesting. I may in the future. The best I've seen is using vaccuum bagging. Thats perfect!
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:38 AM
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BUT, you can't vaccuum bag an open structure (built up) wing,it has a habit of crushing the wing, that is where I started using the poly cloth..................
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:21 AM
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Terry good point. Hadn't thought of that.
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