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Member spacespace
Joined: May 01, 2005
Posted: June 27, 2006 at 2:04 PM / IP Logged  
Hello, I have been reading these forums for alittle bit and I am just about to get into glassing for both my sub boxes and I would like to try to do some body panels (bumpers, etc.). I have all the tools I believe, but I am just wondering to exactly which products should I use and for what? It seems like eproxy resins are tougher and better, correct? So I should use this resin for both panels and sub boxes? Should I use anything different for dash and kick panels? Should I be doing something different with sub boxes and dash stuff compared to body panels (would body panels ie. hood bumber, flares, be built stronger?) How many layers should I use, what mat? Mekp hardener I have already. Exactly what is rage gold for? I also read that EB general purpose resin (or the premium) is the best to use. What is the difference between that and premium polyester layup resin? I have all the videos, but it does not seem too clear on exactly, which products seem to work best. I would rather spend the extra money and get the better stuff. Thanks alot, really appreciate it if you could even answer 1 question or point me to the answer, thanks!
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Copper spacespace
Joined: June 22, 2006
Location: United States
Posted: June 27, 2006 at 2:32 PM / IP Logged  

wow, thats alot of questions.  I'll get to the ones i can answer.  Rage gold is a body filler.  Its one of the best you can buy.  Its easier to work with.  As for what resin type to use, i know that most people use a regular polyester resin on sub boxes and interior peices.  I'm not sure what to use for parts like bumpers.  And i'm not sure of the difference between regular and premium.  I'll have to let someone else answer those.  But for interior peices regular polyester resin will work fine. 

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Joined: October 24, 2003
Location: California, United States
Posted: June 27, 2006 at 4:16 PM / IP Logged  

Damn, no kidding, that is a cluster of questions.

Well, for one, refer to "number of glass layers xplained" at the top of this forum, as far as strength is concerned.

When you fabricate a hood for a car, it is really done in two layers.  There is the bottom layer, more of a frame to support the top layer.  It can be made out of composite material as well.  Then the top layer which will be what most consider, the actual hood... which Is what will be seen and/or painted.

If you are going to make your own hood.  I would examine some carbon fiber hooda first to kind of visualize where to go with it.  Chances are you are doing it to have a lite hood.  Carbon Fiber may be the best to go with since you can use less and still have superior strength, but it cost more than fibreglass strand or mat.

I might also mention, a lot of shops who manufacture hoods, use the VIP, or vacuum infusion process. The vacuum infusion process uses vacuum pressure to drive resin into a laminate. Materials are laid dry into the mold and the vacuum is applied before resin is introduced. Once a complete vacuum is achieved, resin is "pulled" into the laminate via carefully placed tubing.

Instead of gathering a mass of information about many different techniques all at once.  Ask for information on one particular project or problem at a time.

Otherwise, to respond to all of that, the forum would look like one big condensed "Manual" or book.

We are here to help you, though that was a lot to take in, heheheWhat to use? -- posted image.

I do have a question, you say you have "all the videos."  Which videos did you get, and from where?

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