Not a boat in Calgary

Discussion in 'Materials' started by vanquish, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. vanquish
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    vanquish Junior Member

    Hello all
    I'm sorry but I'm not building a boat but I'm restoring an Airstream trailer
    I want to replace the floor with a composite panel an get rid of the plywood.
    Member TUNGSTEN mentioned that Divinycell is available in Calgary and I wondered if this could work for me? Any other suggestions?
    The current (rotting) floor is 1" plywood.

    Thank you
     
  2. upchurchmr
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    Watch out for low density Foam core.
    30 years ago Klegecell had issues with floors made of 3-4# core,IIRC.

    Are you planning on glass skins?
     
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  4. vanquish
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    vanquish Junior Member

    I'm not really sure about glassing? I have done some glass work in the past but nothing like making full sheets. Has anyone used 3M reenforced polyurethane foam sheets?
    I do belong to the Airstream forum. But you people seem to be the most knowledgeable in the composite field.
     
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    What yr and model is the beast?
     
  6. vanquish
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    vanquish Junior Member

    It's a 1973 Excella 500 31'.
     
  7. Tungsten
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    The D cell has to have glass skins,by itself it has no strength, its foam.

    Plywood lasted this long probably without any coating?Get some marine ply and cover with epoxy and light glass.

    The high teck foam is $300 a sheet plus the epox$y and gla$$,It also cant hold fasteners/bolts without adding a bunch of work.
     
  8. vanquish
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    vanquish Junior Member

    Thanks for the info. If I wanted to try it where in Calgary can I get it?
     
  9. Tungsten
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    IPP plastics. Talk to Tebore (sp) they have some contoured diviny there I think. And can order plain sheets. They don't sell structural glass though only woven and chopped Matt Noah's in Toronto has everything you'll need as far as epoxy and glass goes and with shipping is still cheaper then buying here at IPP. Indusrial paint and plastics. Noah's sells corecell foam but crazy$$
    Noah's has a web site. So you can check out prices

    You can also contact divinycell and they will send you a sample box for free. There small like 4"x4" but it's free and you get a chance to test it
    Send me a pm I'm also in calgary I have some corecell foam samples that are glassed with different kinds of glass you can have and play with
     
  10. Tungsten
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    Tungsten Senior Member

    Also when you decide that plywood is a better way. There's a place called boat craft in Edmonton that sells marine grade meranti. Cheaper then getting Windsor to order it.
     

  11. vanquish
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    vanquish Junior Member

    Thanks for the info Tungsten.
    How do I PM?
     
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