Temperatures and Marine Epoxy SK build in NC

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Temperatures and Marine Epoxy SK build in NC

Post by wannabatc » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:57 pm

Well it has turned winter here in NC so I have decided not to glue anything until I got some feedback on temperature limits. I am building inside in my basement and my thermometer says it has been staying around 60 degrees but tonight it has dropped to 58. I bought both slow and medium gardeners because of the low blushing of the slow and the extra time to work fillets and fiberglass. I bought medium for when I wanted faster set up if I wanted to speed things along but also for colder temps. I'm just getting around to finding out the temperature limits. This my first build and I have little experience with fiberglass work.

What are the minimum temps I can work the slow hardener? And the medium? I have a small space heater and can use it if I have to but would rather avoid that if possible.

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Re: Temperatures and Marine Epoxy SK build in NC

Post by Fuzz » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:03 pm

Here is a link in the tutorials that gives cure times. http://bateau2.com/howto/cure_times.php
I work in 50-60 temps almost all the time. For that reason I mostly use the fast but I have used the medium also. I have had no problems with it kicking. The worst part has been that at times I need to wait overnight before it is hard enough to sand.

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Post by wannabatc » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:14 pm

Hey thanks looks like I'll be able to get some work done tomorrow with the medium.

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Post by wannabatc » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:16 pm

Whoops sorry for the double post. I'm a bit of a newb in message boards in addition to boat building!

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Re: Temperatures and Marine Epoxy SK build in NC

Post by Fuzz » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:35 pm

Make a trade with you. We give you a little info and you give us lots of pictures. We like our boat porn around here :D

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Post by wannabatc » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:16 am

Guess I will have t o graduate from newb message board school this weekend! Ok, OK! I WILL LEARN TO POST PICS! It will make this all the more fun! I needed the nudge, thank you. But commitments this am won't allow work. Maybe tonight tomorrow for sure.

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Post by Jeff » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:51 am

Wannabatc, we will be watching for those photos!!! Jeff

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Re: Temperatures and Marine Epoxy SK build in NC

Post by Tungsten » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:33 am

I work in cold temps also but i do keep my epoxy at room temp(70+F) so its nicer to work with.

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