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    I am going to do a little glass work on my boat, can I get something o.k. From homedepot that will work if so what do I need to look for, thank you.

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    depends on what type of job you're looking to do. they typically sell poly resin and chopped strand mat. which is "okay" for some jobs but not for others. post up some pix of what you're lookin to do.

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    Going to put a sub floor back in and the bulk head that is just forward of the motor.

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    I am using Epoxy and 6oz cloth for mine. Working out well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbylisa View Post
    Going to put a sub floor back in and the bulk head that is just forward of the motor.
    yer gonna want epoxy resin, it sticks to everything. chopped strand works, but it sucks up epoxy resin like CRAZY and bends are usually difficult with CSM and epoxy. that being said, i did mine in epoxy and CSM because i didnt have many bends...

    i redid my transom recently and used West systems 105 and 205 hardener. I prefered using the fast (205) hardener because of my temps and I was doing most of it at night. its a little more expensive than others but the whole "1 pump resin to 1 pump hardener" is the easiest thing in the world to mix up. keep your work in small batches, 5-8 pumps. i also used the 404 filler to mix up a nice peanut butter consistency and layed a nice 1" bead along the stringers and then set a bunch of weight onto the floor so the floor was also epoxied to the stringers as well.









    and as a final touch i tossed some bilgekote to many it pretty back there.

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    I, know i have mentioned this many times in the past but........... when using Epoxy you need a matless cloth like ( 1700 - Bi Ax ) or a fabric that is compatible for use with Epoxy .You dont want to use any chop or continous strand mats ( CSM ) in any Epoxy systems like # 1708 because these mats have a binder ( CSM) designed for polyester resins and though they are sometimes used with Epoxy resins with satisfactory results, the binder may cause clouding and prevent thorough wet out and not to mention the amount of resin it takes to acheive thorough wet out , and with that in mind Chop Strand Mat / CSM , is Not Recommended To Be used with Epoxy resins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    I, know i have mentioned this many times in the past but........... when using Epoxy you need a matless cloth like ( 1700 - Bi Ax ) or a fabric that is compatible for use with Epoxy .You dont want to use any chop or continous strand mats ( CSM ) in any Epoxy systems like # 1708 because these mats have a binder ( CSM) designed for polyester resins and though they are sometimes used with Epoxy resins with satisfactory results, the binder may cause clouding and prevent thorough wet out and not to mention the amount of resin it takes to acheive thorough wet out , and with that in mind Chop Strand Mat / CSM , is Not Recommended To Be used with Epoxy resins.
    shit my boats gonna fall apart...

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    kaOtyk , just curious why ............did you not go the full nine yards ............by fully encapsulating all wood with fabric opposed to just coating the wood or saturating it with resin , and not to be rude why did you go with CSM because your past pics show that you had a problem with your layup ( white areas ) very dry .

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    So I can,t get the right stuff at Home Depot??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbylisa View Post
    So I can,t get the right stuff at Home Depot??????
    Holy Crap... NO! Have you not been reading your thread to this point?? If you want to build a doghouse, or fix a toilet, then by all means go to the Home Desperate. If you'd like to fix your boat then listen to the advise given by those who are trying to help you. They have always pointed me in the right direction and my projects are working out great. Use quality products and the proper process developed for marine use. I have used polyester resin and also epoxy resin with great success. (I like West System Products, but they are pricey) You can get what you need online or at any good Marine supply store. Now lets see some pic of your shit and start listening to these experts. And if all else fails, try Lowes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbylisa View Post
    So I can,t get the right stuff at Home Depot??????
    If I were you I would PM Offshore Ginger and ask him what you should use and where he would recomend you purchase it. Sometimes all the acronyms and brand names are confusing. He is very helpfull and knowledgable. To get quality products you have to spend some money but it's better than having to do it again later. Good Luck

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    Thank,s for all the info I am headed in the right direction now, called west systems talked to there tec so thanks agian, bobby

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    Another happy customer, Ya west is the best. and buy the pumps makes dispensing easy and gets the right ratio every time.

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    Just one last bit of advise. I do like the West System products and when used properly will give great results, you will be pleased. However, once you use a true epoxy you are married to it, at least in that area. Polyester and/or vinylester resin will not adhere to a cured epoxy. So any additional repairs or future repairs will need to be done in epoxy as well. Just so you are aware.

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