Can you fiberglass upside down?

Asked By: Penka Barenz | Last Updated: 27th June, 2020
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RE: Upside-down fiberglassing
Yes the cabosil will thicken it a bit and enough to make it stickier. As long as the epoxy is still "wet" it will adhere just fine.

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Correspondingly, how do you fiberglass overhead?

Unroll a single piece of fiberglass cloth onto the plastic covered work surface. Wet out the fabric by pouring epoxy onto it and spreading it out with a plastic squeegee. Apply a generous coat to ensure thorough wet out of the fibers, but don't use too much because you've already coated the overhead project.

Beside above, what does fiberglass stick to? Fiberglass consists of fiberglass mat that is saturated with a fiberglass resin. The fiberglass resin is a thick substance that needs a catalyst to harden. Fiberglass is a very durable material that will bond to almost any surface, including plastic, metal, wood and Styrofoam.

Likewise, how many layers of fiberglass do you need for a boat hull?

Two layers is the absolute minimum, three is better The more prep time between the layers the stronger the finished product will be.

How do I get a smooth finish on Fibreglass?

Try using 360 or 400 grit wet sandpaper with light weight spackle and sand it ino the weave then let it dry, then re-sand it (wet or dry). This just fills the weave, you will need to prime the surface to get your ultra smooth surface.

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Can you fiberglass over a painted surface?

If you are using fiberglass and finishing resin there is no need to go any finer than 120. If the finish will be sealer then primer and paint then 220 to 240 is good.

How do you lay down fiberglass?

Lay mat on or in your form, and spread the resin mixture over it with a disposable paint brush. The mat (or cloth) will seem to melt into the resin as you spread it, and you can use the brush and additional coats of resin to build up the layer of fiberglass to a thickness of up to 14 inch (0.6 cm).

What side of 1708 fiberglass goes down?

Re: how to use 1708 fiberglass
The mat side goes down towards the surface, the woven faces outwards.

How do you strengthen fiberglass?

Cut fiberglass sheets to fit over the weak areas in the fiberglass and any other area that you want to reinforce. Apply resin to the surface with a paint brush. Press the fiberglass sheets into the resin. Apply a second layer of resin over the fiberglass sheets.

Can you use epoxy on fiberglass?


Epoxy is a great adhesive
One reason that an epoxy product such as WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy is so useful for fibreglass boat repairs is that it's an incredibly effective adhesive. It creates a resilient bond to fibreglass, cured polyester laminates, wood and metals – even when you only use a thin film.

Which is stronger fiberglass mat or cloth?

Woven fiberglass cloth is stronger than mat cloth, anytime. There are numerous weave patterns, such as BID which will lay into corners & flow with contours easily.

Can you fiberglass over epoxy?

Polyester Over Epoxy. Most production fiberglass boats are made with polyester resin. One reason for this is the ability of epoxy to form a stronger mechanical bond to a damaged laminate than polyester resin. Epoxy also provides a better moisture barrier than polyester resin.

How do you fiberglass two pieces together?

How to Join Fiberglass
  1. Connect the pieces of fiberglass that you are joining together and hot glue the seam.
  2. Determine how thick the walls of the fiberglass you are connecting is and make your weld the same thickness using fiberglass mat.
  3. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and mix a small bucket of polyester resin with two percent catalyst.

Do I need to sand between layers of fiberglass?

There is no need to sand in between layers. Kind of. When a layer of mat has cured, there will be fibers sticking up. If these fibers aren't knocked down with a quick once-over with coarse paper, they'll create little air bubbles when the next layer is applied.

How many layers of fiberglass do you need for stringers?


The two stringers have two layers of 1708 on each side. They are glassed too the hull with "two" layers of 1708 as shown in Travis' schematic. Bottom line, these two stringers will never crush, rot or move.

How thick should a fiberglass boat hull be?

They are commonly used with an M2008 transducer (500 kHz) to maximize the penetration of ultrasound in thick or attenuating fiberglass, providing a thickness measurement range of approximately from 0.150 in. to 3 in. (4 mm to 75 mm), depending on the type of fiberglass.

How many layers of fiberglass can you have at one time?

You can do quite a few layers without any problems. Try 3-4 layers at a time, let it cure (shouldn't be more than 2 hours), and re-apply.

How many layers of fiberglass do you need for a car?

A typical exterior lay-up consists of two layers of 6 ounce fiberglass cloth and polyester laminating resin, applied one lay-up at a time.

How thick should Fiberglass be?

A typical list of materials is given at the end. In our experience two layers of 300g/m2 fibreglass mat is the minimum. A two layer laminate will provide a thickness of around 2mm.

What type of fiberglass is used for boats?


Types of Fiberglass Resin
For example, a vinylester resin is ideal for S-glass but, when used with E-glass, the reinforcing material will fail before the resin. Polyester: This is the resin most commonly used for boatbuilding today, and most boat owners are familiar with it. It is inexpensive and generally all-purpose.

How many layers does 1708 have?

Replace the same thickness of glass you removed plus some tabbing strips..a layer of 1708 is a little under a 1/16 of an inch thick.so if your original glass was 1/8 or so inch thick, I would use 3 layers of 1708 to cover from the top edge of the stringer, down the sides and about 12 inches on the hull bottom,

Can you fiberglass over body filler?

Yes,you can fiberglass over bondo,rough the bondo up with 80 grit for a better bond,use a grooved roller to remove the air bubbles. DO NOT use Bondo on a boat, it will swell up when wet.