Imagine sitting on a secluded beach with an ice cold beverage, listening to the waves crash on shore, and the birds chirping in the palm trees. Sounds relaxing? The summer months can be a perfect time for a vacation, but when working on a project, the heat can be a big problem. Here are some helpful tips on how to work with brushable gelcoat during the hot summer season.
- Cooling the gelcoat, by refrigerating the product to around 65 degrees, will give you up to 15 minutes of working time.
- Humidity can be another factor, so, make sure the mold and surrounding area is dry before applying your brushable gelcoat.
- Make small batches of gelcoat at a time and catalyze at 1 ½ % to avoid the material from getting hotter. When spraying the gelcoat, make sure you catalyze at 2 %. If you choose to use Duratec, please note, the product must be cool as well.
- If you seek to roll on the gelcoat, the product should be applied evenly at 14 mil thick.
- Do not apply gelcoat in direct sunlight.
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
The 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.
As 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.
In continuation with the lecture, appropriate consumables and equipment were noted in order to conduct proper vacuum bagging for infusion.
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
The University of FGCI will be hosting a free Infusion session on April 3rd & 5th, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The session will feature:
- Introduction to Infusion
- Sandwich Concept
- Infusion Theory
- Consumables & Equipment for Infusion
- Hands-on Infusion Demonstration
*Lunch will be provided
The location of the event will be held at the Ft. Lauderdale Training Center:
5553 Anglers Ave. Ste. 105 Ft. Lauderdale FL, 33312.
See you there!
This training brought to you by University of FGCI™ features Composites Consulting Group and the Diab line of coring material. Composites Consulting Group (CCG) is an independent Diab Group company providing specialty composite technology services while Diab offers a wide range of coring material to complete your job.