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    First attempt at fiberglass

    As the title suggests im a fiberglass virgin.

    Im from Melbourne, AUS and had to do some hunting around to find the materials I needed much less some ppl round here that do it all the time and know their ****. In the end I found the materials at the local bunnings, but to say I thought the prices were hi is nothing! So where to melb pplz find their bits n pieces or AUS in general.

    Well after buying the very expensive stuffs, I went to task doing my first layer of glass. I reckon I used just about all my 300grams of resin on this layer. Now did I go over board with the resin or what? And how long does on layer take to dry? Do you apply a second layer to the wet first layer of after is dried? AND *takes breath* can I speed up drying at all, its a **** old day here and cold and damp as a *****. I happen to have one of those mobile sun kinda lamps sitting round the place could I employ that to speed up drying?

    To giva ya an idea of the area im covering here a pretty ****ty pic


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    you might have used a little too much on the first coat. The first coat can be thinner so it dries faster. Then you can remove it and make your next coats as thick as you want.

    It needs to be dry before you remove it. I don't know about sun lamps, but fans work pretty good. More air circulation will speed up drying.

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    I found the warmer the better... I've done a few jobs in the garage in let it sit overnight on a cold night and the next morning still not fully dry. A fan and a little space heater helped and dried it right up within a half hour.

    In the sun though, it dries really fast... the last sub enclosure which I finished last weekend, I ended up doing most of it outside in the sunny weather... the left side would dry by the time I finished the right side.

    Also, a good little trick to speed up drying, I found was to double up on the hardener. I mixed 25 drops to every 1-once. Be careful not to add to much hardener, as the mix will gel up.

    I end up always doing 2 coats before removing the mold. The first coat just seems to be to thin and the mold looses its shape. For larger molds, I add extra support with wooden dowels which help retain the shape.

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    You should use 2 coats to be safe. Go easy on the first one; let it dry quickly. You can go a little thicker on the second one, to reinforce the structure.

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    Thanks guys, yeah I thought that going through one of the 300 gram cans of goo might have been a bit much for a single area that small. I'll chuck a fan in there an see how we go. I'll keep yall updated.

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    Anyway, that's how we learn. Try and see how things work out, and then learn from any mistakes made.

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    Or Australian even

    I've put a fan in there and it seems to be doing the trick. The way Ive done it it seems to be a coont to get to in some places reckon theres any harm in taking it out after the 1st coat is hard and putting the second coat on outside the car?

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    Well with the thickness of your 1st coat... I guess you could give it a go.

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