I was flipping through my instagram the other day when I saw an interesting post by Martin Shapes (Terry Martin's son I believe). I learn a lot of little tricks and tips by following professional shapers/craftsmen. He usually seems to glass his boards using epoxy. I've only ever used epoxy (even on PU blanks) and will probably continue to just because I'm a hobbiest - not really concerned with the added cost. Seems a little less toxic (I can do it inside my house). Anyhow - one of the difficulties (for me) with epoxy is flip time. It's especially challenging when it comes to getting decent cutlaps - I have to babysit the board for 1-4 hours depending on temperature to make sure I cut it at the perfect time. In Martin's video, it looks like he allows the lap to fully cure, then grinds it down along the tape until just before he hits the tape line. He then bends up at the tape, and cuts through the thin full cure lap with a razor. I imagine this also eliminates the need for him to grind the laps down after cutlapping as well since they're already very thin at the tape line. Does anyone have any experience with this method? I like the idea of laminating one side after work, coming back the next day and sanding/cutlapping in the morning, and then continueing on. Grinding down laps is always challenging (usually hit foam) and this method might eliminate that. I'd love to hear feedback if anyone else has tried this method. Video below:
Bonus question - anyone ever use the resin research accelerator (x55) for laminating in colder weather? I've used it for resin panels, but I'd be nervous to use it with quick kick when laminating ~60 degrees. Curious if anyone's tried. Thanks!