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    I would go with a fiberglass woven cloth, the reason being, if you use a chopped strand mat it will fall apart when you try to smooth it out while applying the resin. Also you should use the Bondo brand clear resin, it comes with the hardener and a mixing bowl. Both you can purchase at walmart or autozone for cheap. I would say about 4 of the pre-cut cloths and two cans of resin should be enough, just make sure you apply a little at a time so you dont waste any resin, and apply it quickly before it hardens.

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    try to stay away from the gel resin, you will thank me later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i am thinking you should use something more pliable then bondo/ resin-- either material might too different then the original material, so the hot/cold shrinkage rates of the 2 materials might cause separation later on down the road. though i really have no idea what you would need..
    if you use the clear resin, it will absorb into the foam before it hardens, you shouldnt have a problem with separation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david69leonard View Post
    I would go with a fiberglass woven cloth, the reason being, if you use a chopped strand mat it will fall apart when you try to smooth it out while applying the resin. Also you should use the Bondo brand clear resin, it comes with the hardener and a mixing bowl. Both you can purchase at walmart or autozone for cheap. I would say about 4 of the pre-cut cloths and two cans of resin should be enough, just make sure you apply a little at a time so you dont waste any resin, and apply it quickly before it hardens.
    Thanks, i'm from Australia though we don't have Walmart or Autozone. So ebay is my best bet
    so fibreglass cloth like this?
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/98gm-3oz-Fibr...item20b11f1c46

    and a resin like this?
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Polyester-Res...item1e568fc510

    Thanks for all help guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by david69leonard View Post
    I would go with a fiberglass woven cloth, the reason being, if you use a chopped strand mat it will fall apart when you try to smooth it out while applying the resin. Also you should use the Bondo brand clear resin, it comes with the hardener and a mixing bowl. Both you can purchase at walmart or autozone for cheap. I would say about 4 of the pre-cut cloths and two cans of resin should be enough, just make sure you apply a little at a time so you dont waste any resin, and apply it quickly before it hardens.
    i thought i should use mat cos its a fairly concave surface?

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    I like chop matte myself. You don't brush the resin on with matte (otherwise it will come up with the brush and slosh around), you stipple the resin in. Also use MEK or acetone to lengthen the worktime of your resin.

    If you use either, you must be in an extremely well ventilated area and be where a mask. Especially with MEK. You will lose brains cells quick breathing this stuff in!!!

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    Chop matte works best for curves and corners;, you don't have to try to bend it.
    You can cut the cloth into strips. Large pieces of the cloth will only work well on flat surfaces. Do your self a favour and get a roller as well. You will save yourself alot of time sanding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilG View Post
    Chop matte works best for curves and corners;, you don't have to try to bend it.
    You can cut the cloth into strips. Large pieces of the cloth will only work well on flat surfaces. Do your self a favour and get a roller as well. You will save yourself alot of time sanding!
    so cloth will be fine for me then?
    and will this resin be ok
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Polyester-Res...item1e568fc510
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtc26 View Post
    Thanks, i'm from Australia though we don't have Walmart or Autozone. So ebay is my best bet
    so fibreglass cloth like this?
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/98gm-3oz-Fibr...item20b11f1c46

    and a resin like this?
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Polyester-Res...item1e568fc510
    Perfect!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by david69leonard View Post
    Perfect!!!
    Thanks. now how much roughly would i need? and how many layers?

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