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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Need a special Gelcoat color?

fgci color chart copyWhen talking gelcoat, the most important aspect is the color. Everyone has their preference, and Fiberglass Coatings has a wide range of stock colors you can find on a daily basis. Did you know that we can match gelcoat for you, though? That’s right, we can take a sample you provide and make a gelcoat that will perfectly match your needs.

We have many customers who need to fix a blemish in the side of a boat, or even a pool. They need the gelcoat to match exactly. With gelcoat, it can fade in the sun and fun of Florida, so getting a factory color is not always an option. It may not match exactly and make a blemish stand out even worse. This is why we use a photospectrometer to match the gelcoat to a perfect match for you.

One of the more amazing products we carry is a brushable Gelcoat. This gelcoat is designed to be an easy way to re-apply gelcoat for fixing blemishes. When you order your colormatch, we can make a standard exterior gelcoat, or a brushable gelcoat. Be sure to check with your rep about what you need!

There are a few different ways to get us the color you need. The easiest way is to send us a sample, like a hatch or chip of gelcoat to match. You can mail it to

Fiberglass Coatings

4301 34th St. N.

St. Petersburg, FL 33714

You can also bring the sample in to one of our two showrooms in Florida. Now, if you don’t have the ability to send us a sample, I generally recommend going to a store that has color samples and picking out the closest one to send to us and have us match that.

If you just can’t find what you want, we also sell the neutral gelcoat and pigment jars to tint your own gelcoat! Let us know how we can help!

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If you haven’t read our end-all guide on how to apply the gelcoat, be sure to check it out HERE.

FGCI Product Spotlight: EMC2 Genius Bucket Paint Kit w/ Video

 

At Fiberglass Coatings, we try to make projects as easy as we can, from our excellent technicians who can walk you through your job step by step, to our new website, filled with useful information, to the products themselves. One of our latest products is a perfect example of including everything you need to make your job easy, and the results outstanding. Today, we are looking at The Genius Bucket by EMC2 Paint.

The Genius Bucket is available in several different colors.

When you first open your Genius Bucket, you will notice it is PACKED with goodies; everything you need to do your project. With this bucket you get so much more than just the paint, you get:

  • 2 quarts of Quantum Base
  • 1 quart of Brushing Activator
  • 1 Quart of Brushing Reducergenius bucket
  • 1 quart of Surface prep cleaner
  • 1 Instructions
  • 4 6” Roller Covers
  • 1 Roller frame
  • 1 roller pan
  • 2 foam brushes
  • 4 large latex gloves
  • 2 paint strainers
  • 2 stir sticks
  • 2 scour pads
  • 2 mixing cups
  • 4 general purpose rags
  • 4 lint-free wiping rags
  • 1 pre-taped masking paper film

It’s great for rolling or brushing your paint onto your surface. As the video above states, you want to make sure you use proper safety equipment, including the gloves (included) and a dust or painting mask for the fumes (not included) and also some safety glasses.

You want to make sure you take your time and follow the surface prep instructions properly. Surface prep can make or break your project as the surface needs to be scoured and cleaned prior to applying the paint.

The next step is mixing your paint. You are looking at a 2:1:1 mixture of Base, Activator, and Reducer. Be sure to measure carefully and stir for a full 5 minutes before applying. After waiting until the paint is tacky, you can apply your second coat, for best results.

From that point, you are all set! Your project will look outstanding! And all from a Bucket! I guess that’s why they call it Genius.

If you want to see an example of this paint in action, check out our Project Boat.

 

FGCI Product Spotlight: Tuff Coat

ftl-demo-boat-5Every once in awhile, we get really excited about a product or product line we bring in. To say we were giddy with our latest product line would be an understatement. With that, let’s talk about Tuff Coat!

So, you may be wondering ‘what is Tuff Coat?’ Tuff Coat is a rubberized non-skid coating you can apply to many different surfaces from concrete to fiberglass, even aluminum. Instead of the other non-skids that wear off quickly, or are really hard on your feet, this product is extremely durable, and the rubber makes walking on it very easy.

Now that you are thinking that it sounds like fun, it’s time to talk about the application. Applying Tuff Coat is actually very easy!

 

Step 1: Surface prep. You will want to scrub your surface with soap and water to remove and dirt and grease. The folks at Tuff Coat say the product is only as good as the surface it adheres to, so make sure it’s cleaned. If you are applying to concrete, use a concrete cleaner like ZEP or Simple Green. Make sure you don’t use a solvent, as that can leave a residue.

Step 2: Primer Application. Tuff Coat offers two kinds of primers. The first is the CP-10, which is a 1:1 epoxy primer. This is mixed in equal volumes with a drill mixer and mixed for 2-3 minutes. It is recommended you roll it on with a 3/8″ nap roller or paint brush. You have a pot time of 90 minutes, so make sure you only make what you can spread. This product will be ready to go in 6 to 48 hours, depending on how hot it is and how humid it is.

The other primer is the MP-10 Water based Metal Primer. This is good for any metal application and is a single-stage mix. Again, you will want to stir with a drill mixer and apply the same way. This product is ready to go in 1-4 hours depending on the temperature and humidity.

Step 3: Apply your Tuff Coat. Once you choose which color you want (they have quite a few) it’s time to apply the Tuff Coat. You need to mix with a drill mixer in a bucket, slowly moving down from the top. You may need to mix several times to keep the rubber suspended in the material. When it’s time to apply the product, apply with a Tuff Coat specific roller (it’s the only way to properly distribute the rubber coating) and apply with 2-3 coats, applying at right angles with each coat to ensure a proper covering. The product can also be sprayed with certain sprayers for larger applications.

It’s that easy! Below we have some pictures of a demo boat we did, and I also included a great how-to video that shows how it’s done. And with all of our products, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us, Facebook us, send us a Tweet, or give us a call at 1-800-272-7890 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

 

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New Product Spotlight: FGCI Mil Gauge

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We talk a lot about gelcoat on this blog. We have stated on multiple occasions that gelcoat has to be applied with a certain thickness, generally 15-20 mils thick. How do you know exactly how thick your gelcoat coverage is? The answer is that you use a mil gauge, also known as a wet laminate gauge.

A mil gauge is a simple piece that you place on to your sprayed surface when the gelcoat is wet. When you pull it up, you look to see which teeth have gelcoat on them. You look at the highest number that has coating on it and it will give you a mil thickness; simple, right?

We have a new batch of mil gauges that are now online through Amazon and Ebay and available on our website, www.FGCI.com or in our showrooms. Pick yours up today.

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