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    I am thinking about gelcoating the stringers in, the Advantage, black. The weave in the finnish cloth is very pronounced and needs to be filled for a smoother finnish. My question is, can I sand and then apply a couple of coats of resin to fill the weave?
    If that is not the way to go, does any one have a better way to go about it?
    Below is a pic of what it looks like.

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    Hal is it just me or does that final layer of cloth look real dry?

    I did mine as you probably know. Used a final layer of epoxy resin to build up to a nice even surface, then gelcoated (flowcoated) over the top. This was a paint brush job too....
    I'd suggest prepping the stringers by sanding then applying epoxy in layers until you bury the cloth (Fill the weaves) then use an epoxy based gel ontop. (Although aren't you a polyester man??)

    If you used the epoxy gel i used, you could fill the voids and finish in one step. See page 13...
    http://www.nuplexcomposites.com/aust...ns/Epoxies.pdf

    You spraying or brushing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAHNER79AUSTRALIA View Post
    Hal is it just me or does that final layer of cloth look real dry?
    Yea Lee when I first saw the finnish glass, I thought WTF, is there any resin in it? It is actually wetted out pretty well. It just looks like they sqwegied out every last bit of excess resin, which left the weave very pronounced.
    I do want to stick to poly here , just for the cost and the fact that i cannnot repair with poly after use of epoxy.
    I think I have decided I am going to try epoxy when I do the stringers in the Daytona. One, for the claity and two, because I want to do some carbon in the center keel area. But on this project I am just sticking with poly.

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    Lee , yes the fabric is very dry, and Hal have you even tried to prep the surface at all ~ just to see where you stand or will the fabric go poof because it is so dry , and after clicking on a larger version of your pic it almost looks like you have a little air in the laminate ? Hal with out trying to be rude and please do not take this the wrong way because you seem to keep asking the same questions over and over again.......
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    Artie,no offense taken. the only way to learn is to ask. This is a totaly different project, totaly different situation, so I dont see how it is the same question?
    My question is can I prep the stringer, by sanding and apply a couple coats of resin to fill the weave and sand smooth, without getting into the fabric?
    I did some sanding on the stringer where the bulkhead will be tabbed in, and it sanded fine, It did not act like it was dry.
    The whole inside of the boat, even up under the deck, looks the same.
    It has been there since 1986 and the stringers are very solid, and it is a factory layup, by Advantage, not work that I have done. so I am not really sure why it looks so dry, but it does not act like it is? Cant explain it.
    I guess I will do as I do and do an experiment and see what happens.
    If You think that a couple coats of resin will not fill and stick without flaking, then I will just cover the things with carpet.

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    Hal , its all good and have you tried a little test area as of yet ?

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