Somebody help me make a f'n decision, Which resin and how to do it

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by jrork, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. OFFSHORE GINGER
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    OFFSHORE GINGER Junior Member

    John i sent you an E-Mail, and let me know if you got it ? www.sherfab.com and just curious how far are you from these guys , and have you ever done any business with them ?
     
  2. jrork
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    jrork Junior Member

    Got it Artie. Nope, I've never done business with them and they're a looooong way away. I picked this boat up down that direction and it was over 2000 miles roundtrip.

    I'm in Silverdale, Washington out on the Olympic pennisula so I'm a considerable distance from everyone. For my other boat, I used West Systems from West Marine mostly because West Marine is close. By the time I started adding my time driving, fuel , ferry and/or bridge tolls I can absorb some excess cost because it's close.
     
  3. jrork
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    This is super helpful YJ! Thanks so very much.
     
  4. jrork
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    Okay, I've made a decision on brand of resin. I'm going with West System for these reasons.

    1. I used it on the other boat and really feel comfortable using it again.


    1. If I need any material while in the middle of the project, I can get it here locally. All the other products are either 1 1/2 hour away or thru mail order


    1. I dont need much epoxy so the added cost doesnt outwiegh the convienence

    I do have a question about their hardeners. Is there a shelf life on them? I have quite a bit of hardener left from before but to be honest, it's probably been 2 years since I last used it.

    Thanks again everyone for all the help
     
  5. OFFSHORE GINGER
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    John , i have west on the shelf that actually is over three years old that i use every once and a while and seems to work just fine .hey , if it really worries you run a small test batch or call west Systen toll free and talk with one of there tech's .
     
  6. Yellowjacket
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    What I would look for in a resin is something that has no blush. If you have a no-blush resin you don't have to wash it down to make sure that the next layer will stick. Just rough it up and you are fine. If the resin blushes you have to clean it to get the next layer to stick. For me that was a bigger deal since the area where I was working on was wood and if I got it wet I needed to dry it then too.

    For your purposes it might be ok, but I'd look for a no-blushing resin just to make life easier.
     
  7. jrork
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    Thanks guys. Will do on both accounts!

    Happy Thanksgiving..........john
     
  8. jrork
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    Well, I've been busy getting ready for this week when I'm going to lay some glass with my son who's home from college for the holidays.

    Picked up some beautiful clear Douglas Fir for stingers.

    Much more appropriate size compared to the old stringer material if I do say so myself!

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    Cutting out a new bulkhead that will offer more support that the butchered one that was in there.

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    Got the stringers and some new gunnel supports roughed in

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    Stringers are dead nutz 90 degrees to the tunnels

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    My son came home from college yesterday while I was at work and finished cutting the stringers down, gunnel supports, bulkhead and made some additional seat supports to glass in.

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    Such a punk! :D

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    OFFSHORE GINGER Junior Member

    L@@king g@@d boss ...................
     
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