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Re: Eliminating air bubbles
By:Doug K
Date: 6/26/2001, 7:16 pm
In Response To: Eliminating air bubbles (Dan Nelson)

: Hello All....

: In the model aircraft world there is a relatively common practice of using a
: roll of toilet paper to help lay down the fiberglass on wings. I know it
: sounds strange, but here is the process I use...

: I start with a simple fill coat of epoxy on the surface. When it is fairly
: cured (but not yet hard), I lay down the cloth and wet it out completely.
: If there are a few air bubbles or puddles of epoxy, I don't fret too much
: since the next step will take care of it.

: Here comes the cool part.....Take a roll of toilet paper, and roll it out on
: the wetted fiberglass, starting in the center and rolling outward. Use a
: reasonable amount of pressure to help the toilet paper "leach
: up" the wet epoxy through the fiberglass. When you have a few feet of
: toilet paper rolled out, simply pull it up for a very clean surface. The
: finish is a very even, "bubble free", and eliminates any puddles
: of epoxy.

: If you want the ultimate in light finishes, this method works great. If you
: want the mirror finish, just apply a couple of fill coats.

: Please try this method on a scrap of wood before you try it out on a boat.
: You may or may not like the finished product.

: Happy building

: Dan

Thanks for the tip.

This sounds like a good way to minimize resin content and push out bubbles at the same time!

Any preference on TP types?


Messages In This Thread

Eliminating air bubbles
Dan Nelson -- 6/26/2001, 4:17 pm
Re: interesting ,but ...
erez -- 6/28/2001, 5:32 am
Does anybody know what I'm talking about?
Doug K. -- 6/29/2001, 12:43 pm
Re: Eliminating air bubbles
Doug K -- 6/26/2001, 7:16 pm
interesting + question
mike allen ---> -- 6/26/2001, 6:01 pm
Re: interesting .how come...
scotty -- 6/27/2001, 2:02 pm
an appropriate technique for yours . . .
mike allen ---> -- 6/27/2001, 2:16 pm
Using Peel Ply
Doug K -- 6/26/2001, 7:14 pm
Re: Using Peel Ply
mike allen ---> -- 6/26/2001, 7:58 pm
Re: Using Peel Ply
Doug K -- 6/27/2001, 9:33 am