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MikeJinCO  



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My problem with using the mat rather than cloth is that I normally use epoxy(West System) and the mat surface treatment is made for using polyester based resin. For me polyester has always been a rather poor adhesive. Granted I normally work with epoxy in a more structural systems than the dash requires, but it is just my normal working material so I just don't think about it.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

curious how this has held up, thinking of doing the same to mine
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where I used the epoxy and fiberglass it has held up very well and the fiberglass is a fine enough weave that it doesn't show thru. I had one crack reopen in the face. If doing it again I'd cover the parts of the face that I could. Around the gages would get pretty dicey.

Since you're in NY what I would do is all the prep work with the filler which takes 90% of the time and then look up Brad Gillespie at Gillespie Paddles who is /or was in Rochester and see if he would do the glassing. He would have all the materials and epoxy and I could supply the glass if needed(its only about $5.00 worth). He does this stuff all the time. If you haven't used fiberglass and epoxy there is a short, but not penalty free learning curve.
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Lefty  



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The results look great and I was wondering How is the dash holding up after 3 years

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately some of the cracks which I did not fiberglass fave opened up again. The part that works best is where I basically reskinned it. Frankly, I think reskinning is the answer. I did all the more or less horizontal surfaces and ignored the front thinking it wuold get sloppy, I should have continued on with about 2" wide strips over all the vertical cracks. The bed spray on stuff I used covered the seams well enough so that they disappeared. Trying to glass around all the complex curves would get messy, and I have worked this stuff for many years.

I used type 2112 2oz fiberglass available from Sweet Composites(my supplier for the past 30 years), Fiberglast Developments(Expensive) of Fiberglass Supply and many others. I could send the necessary yard in a USPS mailer and It is only about $3 or $4 for the cloth. I used West Epoxy although any of the other thin boat building epoxies would work just as well. If they weren't so expensive to ship around I could do the fiberglassing. The filling takes more time than I care to spend.

Make no mistake, this is still a budget process and does not have nearly the same result as a proper and expensive recover.

If I left something out here sorry, Have a flat tire on the rented skidsteer and have to run off.
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