Boat Building Guide To Epoxy and Resin

By Martin Reid

So you have made the decision to build a boat; it does not really matter of what type, whether it is a kayak or a canoe or another type entirely. You just need to make sure it as light and as durable as you can build, whether it is from a kit, or you are building it from scratch. Making sure you adhere to one very important rule during the build process can make all the difference in the boat building process.

The biggest rule is that you do not want to mess up on is the fact of being careful with epoxy and resin. Do not overdue their use, you just want to make sure you seal the boat and make it waterproof, binding the fiberglass to the wood correctly in the process. All of this not only goes to the look of the boat but also to the weight of it. Beautifying the boat and ensuring durability.

This overuse of epoxy and resin causes the fiberglass to float on the wood rather than sticking to it. It also adds unneeded extra weigh and risks the strength and durability of your boat, making it unsafe. After all you want something that is durable and useable for years to come. You want to show off your work for a long time.

The correct method is actually quite simple. While applying the epoxy to the fiberglass and wood you need to spread it out evenly with a squeegee or brush. Laying the fiberglass on the wood causes the fiberglass to adhere to the wood. Applying another layer of epoxy over the fiberglass ensuring only that is enough to make the fiberglass glass appear transparent.

Obviously, it might take some practice to ensure you have the procedure down correctly. So by all means practice on something small enough that it isn?t totally wasteful but large enough you can make sure you understand the process. After all you do not want to have to start your boat all over again due to not doing it right the first time.

After the fiberglass is transparent you need to spread it over the wood taking care to make sure you spread out any pooling and other issues and flatten the cloth in the process. Ensuring it is totally in contact with the wood and not layered over itself to help prevent issues. Making sure you smooth and flatten any areas that seem out of sorts. Preventing any puddles or ripples in the fiberglass. This process is called dressing.

Dressing is done to ensure that the fiberglass is spread evenly over the boat and will help save weight. As you add second and subsequent coats you will find yourself with a light boat that is easily sanded for painting or varnishing. Depending on how you plan to finish the boat. The dressing will also help to ensure that the wood will take your paint or varnish easily and help to maintain the integrity of the boat.

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