Thanks. I didn't actually use tape, I usually blow (many times) with air and then acetone. Will go for no acetone and tape from now on, thanks
Good advice from Surfer and Gene. I would use the tape trick or just blow it off really good with the air compressor. You are overthinking the delamination stuff. I have wiped boards down with a painter’s tack cloth. Which is nothing more than paraffin wax gauze. I have also wiped them with plain old gauze. Very nice work on that board. A lot of this stuff is pretty straight forward and just a matter of following directions without overthinking.
hands down gene is the expert and has the most interesting avatar of all sway members. PAy attention to all gene suggests. We all can't be gene or balsa or mcding when it comes to start to finish builds. You have mastered many of the difficult steps for a total start to finish board of your own build You should be proud on how well you are doing. Be encouraged and hear what the polyester resin master's have to share. Hopefully you can find a local master who can show you the ropes firsthand so youy can sort out your resin activator issues. Of course epoxy resin will automatically sort it out.
haha, thanks BB. Agreed and will definitely try that advice
Thanks for putting me in the same "basket" (so to speak) as Gene and McDing but I think this is a bit exagerated. Still learning everyday from posts like this one.
Nice bit of humility but remember, we have seen your pics, your secret's out!!!!
You make it sound like epoxy is the 'next coming', and it is especially nice. I love epoxy and use it more often than pu but I have found it isn't always the greatest thing since sliced bread. I've had problems with pigment in epoxy, for example when I add the hardener, the epoxy color thins out due to no pigment in the hardener. Is there a fix for this (must be)? Also, what about pin lines? I've tried pinlines using epoxy (fast hardener) only to watch it run smoothly over my tape. Is there a way to get epoxy to kick faster for pin lines? How about cure times? I've had epoxy that needed 3 days to 'fully cure' before I could sand it. I know this doesn't happen with all epoxies but it does with some. I'm not trying to sound accusatory or downplay how great epoxy is, but I don't think it's the end all/be all of glass. Any suggestions to my problems would be appreciated.
Standup paddleboarding is sweeping the lineup.
I am interested in answers to those questions too. I can see epoxy is cool from the way people are so 'converted' by it, but I also know I don't need a whole new set of learning right now. I am pretty happy with how I am going with PE at the moment, one or two more boards to feel fully confident I think, then I hope to try epoxy to see what all the fuss is about! The only reason I will do so is to reduce the chemicals/risks as I want to teach the kids to make boards and not doing that until I have seen the light :D
The big problem I see with using a harsh solvent like Acetone or even Denatured is that the solvent can break down whatever your rag is made of and smear that all over your board. I just stay away from that stuff. I've washed with Dawn and let dry completely without problems and never tried Windex but I will give that one a try. Biggest thing to me is a dust free work space which is something I've struggled with working in a tiny shed for all steps of the process.
Ditto, I have a very dusty space and can't really fix that, so i just spend ages blowing dust away and wiping down. I do manage to clear the dust fairly well considering the space I am in (barely enough room to walk around the damn board!)
Breaking down the rag is an interesting point too. Never heard of Dawn or Windex but will look for something similar