Epoxy and Fiberglass
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After all sanding is complete, vacuum the entire canoe to remove all dust. Then apply the epoxy (I used a 3" foam brush) and let cure overnight. I then sanded it down (just to rough it up) using 100 grit on a random orbit sander.
Next day, cut the fiberglass to length (barely more than the 14' for this one). Also cut out the bias cut end pieces (2 - 3"x12" each end). Get all your stuff together so you don't have to stop in the middle.
Now you can mix up your epoxy per directions. I used about 11 pumps of epoxy and hardener to complete each side. Work out the excess starting from the middle - one side at a time. Latex gloves are cheap - use them!
Here's the completed "wet-out", waiting to tack up for the weave fill coat.
- and here's the stem detail where the two bias cut strips were laid up. Note that they are almost invisible.
The weave fill coat took about 8 pumps each side. I used a paint roller pan, which somehow left a lot of lumps.
Next day - sanded the fill weave coat with 100 grit to take off the high spots. Rolled out the next coat (5 pumps each side). This time, I just poured out the epoxy near the top and rolled it across, then down (up) the sides. When it tacked up, rolled out a second coat (4 pumps each side).
This was the state of construction at the end of the day, 8/22/04.
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