Austin Mexican Blanket Glass Job

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Video of a cool process, well done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GygmBL5WHM

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that was fun

"The first six finner I made...I felt it would be really good or really bad no middle ground...Unfortunately it worked really good" - ACE

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That was a pretty sick video!! That is something that would look fun to try... It wouldn't work for Epoxy? As i understand it, the Epoxy would blend and not look good, Right? I might have to try some experimentation....

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Very cool process, thanks for sharing. I'm the yankee with the overalls that was in yer shop today. You are a craftsman and i'll do some free advertising up north for ya with the stickers yer guys gave me! Hopin to get in down hatteras tomorrow with my brother, he's caught the bug too, we'll be riding our simmons attempts in the north wind soup..d

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dpicton wrote:

Very cool process, thanks for sharing. I'm the yankee with the overalls that was in yer shop today.

I am not Austin. I just posted a link to the vid because I thought the Sways gang would dig it.

I've done a similar technique using those squeeze bottles that restauarants use for ketchup.

When the resin hardens in them, you can smack them til the stuff cracks and falls out. Making them re-usable.

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Faaaaaaarking awesome video, thanks so much for sharing. My next board will have some colour, maybe not that much and nowhere near as good, but the coke bottle trick is sweet.


 


>Much appreciated guys!!.

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Sheesh, I posted this a week ago.   http://www2.swaylocks.com/forums/austin-video


 


GOD I HATE THIS FREAKING SPAM FILTER BS!!!!!

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Swany, my experience has been that the very thing that makes epoxy such a joy to lam with (the ease of satuating the cloth) makes it blend at the seams of mulitple colors so that the color separation is not as good. It will work to some degree, but you really have to resist over working it after the colors are poured and that makes it tough to get the excess off the board and keep it light.

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GregTate wrote:

Swany, my experience has been that the very thing that makes epoxy such a joy to lam with (the ease of satuating the cloth) makes it blend at the seams of mulitple colors so that the color separation is not as good. It will work to some degree, but you really have to resist over working it after the colors are poured and that makes it tough to get the excess off the board and keep it light.

Hey Greg...

So true...

Try this next time:

Using  ( Mikes suggested)  dollar store squeeze bottles full of each individual color,,, squeeze on each line or what ever shape you want to do, but leave  approx. 1/4" between each color... Re apply resin as req'd on any sections of the lines that might still look dry...

. Put the stripes ( or whatever the  pattern is) on heavy,,,, and let them soak in and flatten out on their own which closes the gaps in between. them...

Use a standard or slow epoxy, as you'll need time to let the epoxy soak in by itself...    Once you're as happy as you can be with the saturation of each color into the cloth, pour on a bucket of clear over the entire board, let it soak in as well with out moving it around too much... Once things look pretty well wet out, lightly squeegee off the excess epoxy in a direction parallel to the lines or paterns... If there are still any small gaps between the colored stripes this is actually a good thing , as the clear poured over top of this hit's the bare section of glass between the stripes,,, improving separation

. I'd also  well -seal the blank with epoxy micro's before piling on all this goop....

O.K.   Now you've got a board loaded with excess resin right... Well this is where the peel ply and the breather material, used in the vacuum lamination process, remove the majority of the excess resin, and most of the muddy top layer of epoxy which was floating on the surface of the glass after spreading out the clear mixture....

Any way you look at it,,,, epoxy mexican blanket,,, or other heavily patterned  color jobs are a waste of good and expensive epoxy due to the fact you end up using quite a bit more than you would doing a standard clear lam job....The vacuum bag removes the excess and cleans up some of the mud, , if you can live with wasting epoxy in the first place...

I'd prefer to do a smaller, single / layer ,, glass / inlay color section on either the deck or the bottom of the board  this way first,,, then bag off the excess,,, then lam the additional layers of glass on top of that with clear epoxy leaving the rail laps clear as well... Less waste of colored resin....

Rail laps in swirl type of epoxy mixes look muddy most of the time anyway,imho,,,, at least for us amateurs..........

I most likely won't ever mix epoxy resin colors in a single bucket ever again either... I've learned my lesson....

Great video there, Austin !!  Epoxy can't duplicate that !

By the way, and most importantly.......

Have a Very Merry and Happy Holidays   Greg !!

And the same to All here at Sway's!!!

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Excellent, Kiterider.  I will give that a go on a test panel. 

As a quick data point, I tried to do a resin swirl on a 6 inch wide strip to use on the rails of a bamboo board (cut lap).  I did the resin colors of the board thinking I'd have more control and the resin wouldn't move around as much.  I carefully applied the colors using squirt bottles and bumped the colors up against each other as I worked down the cloth strip.  Still turned muddy.  Just to finish the story, I picked up the strip and laid it over the rail and later cut it to the tape line.  Marginal color.

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I watched the Austin movie about 6 times. I called my friend MarkSSD....


"Hey Mark , I think we can pull this off with Epoxy".......Mark says OK...How about Sunday afternoon......


I read every post..... I made some dumb comments.......We see the tricks....some from Austin...some from Kite..........


It's cold in Southern California right now.........It's 11:45 pm....I'm running around with the space heater trying to get the hot coat to kick.......I'll post photos soon..........

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