An Intro to Liquid Urethane Foam

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Our Liquid Urethane Foam is a two-component Isocyanate/Polyol base, with a pour-in-place system. The urethane apparatus is available in 3 separate density formulations by weight per cubic foot, which is displayed below:

  1.  2 quarts of 2 lb. foam will cover 2 cubic ft.
  2.  2 quarts of 4 lb. foam will cover 1 cubic ft.
  3.  2 quarts of 8 lb. foam will cover 1/2 cubic ft.

*Note: The 2 lb. foam expands the most whereas the 4 lb. & 8 lb. foam expands less.

One can discover the different categories for the use of liquid urethane foam:

  • Marine floatation
  • Art
  • Sculpting
  • Taxidermy
  • Prototyping
  • Mold Making
  • Decorative and Architecture
  • Millwork Pieces

When working with the foam, you will find: it’s resistance to mildew, mold, and solvent. The product also has impeccable durability attributable to it’s fantastic comprehensive strength. WOW! There is certainly a plethora of different purposes for Liquid Urethane Foam, and in addition to that; FGCI receives a number of questions concerning whether or not resin can be applied on top of the foam… We would like to mention that certain types of foam possess different temperature variations which can affect the application process, thus the system must be mixed correctly. If one were to mix in an excess amount of activator, the foam will become soft and spongy.   For more information on how to apply resin to foam, click here: Can I Apply Resin to Foam

Directions for General Small Quantity Use:foam

Step 1: Mix equal parts Base and Activator (1:1 by volume) or mix by weight (approx. 112 parts A-Side: Base to approx. 100 parts of B-Side: Activator).

Step 2: Mixing and metering equipment must accommodate the 1:1 by volume mix ratio.

Step 3: Mix thoroughly using a stir stick or a mechanical mixer. Please refer to Typical Reaction Profiles of Liquid Foam Chart for mix times.

Step 4: Pour immediately after mixing.

Step 5: Allow cooling between pouring.

*Directions may vary by application. For technical support and assistance with critical applications or large pours, please feel free to contact Customer Service at 1-800-272-7890.

 

The Basic Guide to Sandpaper Grit

When a project calls for sanding, one must confirm the correct materials are being used. Reason being is due to the different sizing, backing and grit of the sandpaper. But, how can we identify what type of sandpaper is best? Subjected to the work needed for your project, grit size will come into play. Thus, we must make note that sandpaper is measured by its grit size while others are measured by both the grit and grade of the backing. When buying your sandpaper, check the item to confirm it states the pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) or the grit and size number. This will help when deciding which one is best for the project at hand.

 

123493-smlSandpaper Grit Sizing: If you are looking to remove a previous material such as gelcoat; begin sanding your surface with a 150 grit or lower. A low grit number determines the coarseness of the sandpaper which will give you the ability to remove materials and coatings. Sandpaper with a grit number in the 200’s and higher would be great for finishes such as buffing, polishing or the  removal of small scratches. A high grit number is equivalent to how small the grains are which will allow you to smooth the surface.

 

 

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Sandpaper Weight Grade: One may see grade letters ranging from A-E which represents the durability of the sandpaper, where E is the strongest. For example, (based on the figure above) the red Mirka Royal 40 grit disc would be ranked as the most durable, next the Mirka Bulldog 120 grit Gold, followed by the gray Mirka Bulldog 400 grit Gold .

 

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Here is a great tip!

If you are looking to conduct a wet or dry sanding, the  sandpaper coating must be waterproof. An abrasive that is waterproof will last you longer with end results you’re aiming for in a wet/dry process.

Product Spotlight: TACO MARINE

Here, at FiberGlass Coatings, Inc.,  you will find many items in stock. From epoxies, gelcoats, to resins, fiberglass, abrasives, and curing agents just to name a few. And now, we would like to introduce you to our new edition to the FiberGlass Coatings, Inc. inventory… TACO MARINE! FGCI is pleased to say we are a one stop shop for your marine needs.

To purchase your TACO Marine products, please visit our Ft. Lauderdale location ( 5553 Anglers Ave Ste. 105 Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33312).

Hours of operation:

Monday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

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Now That’s an Infusion!

At Fiberglass Coatings, Inc. we are thrilled to have brought our infusion seminar to the community, with an end result of the event being positively welcomed.

“We were there yesterday. Definitely recommend.” – @Nia_Auto_Design via Instagram

“Thank you guys for the invite. Was a great experience and got some insight on a few details to things better on the work.” – @mrcarbonfibermiami via Instagram

 

4_3_18ufgci3The University of FGCI partnered with Composites Consulting Group (CCG) and Diab to introduce the fundamentals of infusion. To begin the seminar, the definition of infusion; a specific technique that uses vacuum pressure to pervade or direct resin into laminate, was discussed.

 

4_3_18ufgci10As we highlighted key points in the infusion theory, we visited the sandwich concept; which consist of two layers, a top and bottom with a thick core. This learning material soon tied in with Darcy’s Law in correlation to the 5 variables of control fill time.

 

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In continuation with the lecture, appropriate consumables and equipment were noted in order to conduct proper vacuum bagging for infusion.

 

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In closing, with help from the University of FGCI, attendees performed a hands-on infusion demonstration where each individual was guided to establish the best method of resin infusion.

 

FiberGlass Coatings, Inc. would like to thank everyone who were in attendance. The seminar was an experience that everyone will be able to gain and implement on their next D.I.Y or professional work.

 

 

To view photos from the seminar, click here: https://business.facebook.com/pg/FiberglassCoatings/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2005223812825511

Let’s Take a Look at Our Infusion Seminar.

 

Earlier today, the University of FGCI, CCG and Diab hosted a seminar on infusion at the Ft. Lauderdale Training Center (5553 Anglers Ave Ste. 105 Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33312). The event was from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM where eager attendees learned the introduction to infusion, sandwich concept, infusion theory, consumables and the equipment. In closing out our seminar with a hands-on infusion demonstration, each person learned how to drive resin into laminate by using the vacuum pressure method.

If you were unable to attend today’s free infusion seminar, FiberGlass Coatings, Inc. will host another session this Thursday, April 5th, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM at the Ft. Lauderdale Training Center. Lunch will be provided. We are excited to meet all of you there!

Would you like to view the entire photo album? Click here: https://business.facebook.com/pg/FiberglassCoatings/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2005223812825511