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    Replacing part of the floor and thinking of using epoxy resin. This is my first dealing with fiberglass and one place here in Flint town suggested that to stay with polyester as it is easier to work with besides the cost diffrence.Seems to me that epoxy would be easier and better due to the pot life and longer set up time to work with.

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    They both have their pluses and minuses but the most important thing to remember is get the hardener for the temperature you are setting up in, it'll assure it cures correctly. PM offshore_ginger. He'll set you on the right path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScotW View Post
    Replacing part of the floor and thinking of using epoxy resin. This is my first dealing with fiberglass and one place here in Flint town suggested that to stay with polyester as it is easier to work with besides the cost diffrence.Seems to me that epoxy would be easier and better due to the pot life and longer set up time to work with.

    Getting epoxy and polyester to be have together can be an issue. Personally I repair a poly boat with poly or vinyl if the customer will foot the bill. Epoxy if your starting a project from scratch and wish or need to be high tec and feel all warm and fuzzy, but for the average lake plug do it in poly and save the money for beer and gas, or something to keep the old lady from bitching.

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    Gallon can from Home Depot will be fine for what you are doing.
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    Default glass resin

    i use west systems little pricy but works well

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    My ONLY experience has been repairing my jet ski. I was told I had to use epoxy due to what they make them out of originally. So I personally have EXTREMELY limited knowledge. I did get West Systems 105 resin for what I did. But...Offshore Ginger helped out and has a ton of knowledge about the various products.

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    Going towards epoxy a large part has to the low fumes and able to make adhesive from the resin. Can get resin at a fair price on the internet. Sorry Lynn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScotW View Post
    Going towards epoxy a large part has to the low fumes and able to make adhesive from the resin. Can get resin at a fair price on the internet. Sorry Lynn.
    You can go epoxy ,BUT next time you cannot do any repairs on the area with anything except epoxy no poly no nothing except epoxy
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    Yes i understand that. I also like that it will bond to almost anything if you are not sure as to what others used on previous repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScotW View Post
    Yes i understand that. I also like that it will bond to almost anything if you are not sure as to what others used on previous repairs.
    ok just so you are aware Jeez its april do this crap in december wtf?

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    I have a attached garage to work in and heat during the coldest months. This way for the resin to cure it will take less to heat the garage. Hope to be on the water by June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScotW View Post
    Sorry Lynn.

    Hey whatever!

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    What I read was that with fiberglass resin you have at best 60% of the original strength with a repair where epoxy gives 85%.
    Epoxy costs more but dries real smooth and shiny.
    West system has the pump cans that dispense out the proper ratios and that makes it easy.

    Same as Ken said once you start using epoxy you have to stick with it for any future repairs over epoxy.

    If it's an area that doesn't need max strength I would just use fiberglass resin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unchained View Post
    What I read was that with fiberglass resin you have at best 60% of the original strength with a repair.
    Don't tell my 100 mph Viper I recored 10 years ago with poly AND foam core/composite stringers/floor that all the experts said won't work and will fall apart. Let alone the 20+ others I have done.

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