SeaSlug's Tips

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SeaSlug's Tips

Post by bateau-webmaster » Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:09 pm

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Seaslug asked us to post a picture of one of his favorite tools. He will describe his methods for using it below:

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Re: SeaSlug's Tips

Post by Jeff » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:19 pm

SeaSlug, tell us about this tool: Jeff

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Re: SeaSlug's Tips

Post by seaslug » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:54 pm

I've used this cheap plastic 10" paint edge guide from Lowe's for both of my builds and haven't found a better tool for moving around resin while glassing, and to squeegee off excess resin. It's light weight, has a comfortable handle, and you can round the corners if you feel it necessary. A lot of my small fairing jobs are done with flexible bondo spreaders in widths up to about 6", but a rigid spreader works much better for working on larger areas that need to be as flat as possible, and this spreader works great for that purpose. Much nicer than working with a drywall knife, and I do a lot of drywall finishing, so I know from experience. Mike

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Post by Ninastar1 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:45 pm

Thanks for sharing with your experience. I will share this with my friend.

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Post by jacquesmm » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:05 pm

Jeff, we have one in the workshop, on the bench to the left of the door when you walk in. :P

I agree with Seaslug, it is great for fairing. Juts the right stifness and size.
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Re: SeaSlug's Tips

Post by seaslug » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:23 am

Jacques, I actually gave that spreader to Jeff recently when picking up materials for my SK14. Small bondo spreaders work fine for small jobs, but the fact that they are very flexible makes them a poor choice for spreading fairing material on wide flat surfaces. This cheap spreader is the best tool I've found for that purpose.

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Re: SeaSlug's Tips

Post by topwater » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:39 am

I agree and i also use a big squeegee when i am using a loose mix to fill the weave of the glass , usually the first pass
of fairing.
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Re: SeaSlug's Tips

Post by jacquesmm » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:00 am

seaslug wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:23 am
Jacques, I actually gave that spreader to Jeff recently when picking up materials for my SK14.

We have two now: I agree with you, it is a great tool.
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Re: SeaSlug's Tips

Post by seaslug » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:25 pm

I don't have any pictures, but I think everyone's seen those 24"x24" foam rubber mats with the puzzle joints, making them interlocking, and mostly used as a cushioned floor in kids play rooms etc. I cut these mats into whatever shape I need and use with sticky back sand paper. I use a lot of sticky back paper in 2 3/4" rolls, and 6" discs. One of my favorite hand sanding tools, especially for primer is to cut a 6" circle of foam and use it with the sticky back discs.

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Post by bateau-webmaster » Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:20 am

That's a pretty awesome idea. I've always hated hand sanding, that might make it more bearable.
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