Fiberglass over wood

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by mbsiegel, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. mbsiegel

    mbsiegel Well-Known Member

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    I am new to fiberglass boat mods and am currently working on my first project. I was curious if on pure cosmetic pieces of wood that will have no wear or weight do I need to use fiberglass with resin or could i just seal with resin and paint?
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  2. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    It depends on the wood. If it's a hard wood that is not prone to checking (a rippled scaling  and splitting effect that will happen to softer woods without a layer of glass) then a few coats of EPOXY, not polyester, followed by varnish or clear coat will be ok. If it is a softer wood like white wood, douglas-fir, or most plywood, then a layer of 4-6oz cloth will keep the checking at bay and won't effect the looks at all.
     

  3. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

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    But I would recommend using epoxy over any of the ester (polyester, vinylester, etc) products. Let it cure, sand a little and paint.
     
  4. mbsiegel

    mbsiegel Well-Known Member

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