Product Spotlight: OEM Sandpaper

oem-sandpaperA product that we don’t often talk about here at FGCI is sandpaper. Sandpaper is used with nearly every job because you need to treat the surface before applying most resins, gelcoats and paints. You also use sandpaper to get any old resin, gelcoat and paint off of your surface before applying a new coating. So, with all this use, you need a product that is inexpensive, but most of all; reliable.

With that, we present OEM Sandpaper by FGCI. FGCI OEM Sandpaper is perfect for almost any job. It uses a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) backing and is offered in 5” and 6” sizes. They are sold in rolls of 100 and run anywhere from $14.75 a roll to $27.80 a roll. At that price, it’s convenient and easy to buy the many grits we offer for any job you have.

The best part about OEM sandpaper is the longevity. You know you have been there when you replace a sheet and start sanding only to see the brand new paper completely useless moments later. With OEM sandpaper, you will get a fantastic life from your paper at a minimal cost.

OEM Sandpaper is available in our stores in St. Petersburg and Ft. Lauderdale; online at and now on Amazon, too!

5 tips on how to battle the Florida heat


One of the biggest problems customers face in the dead of summer is the heat. Gelcoat and resin are very sensitive to heat. The hotter the work environment, the quicker the work time, and conversely, the cooler the work environment, the longer the work time, so with that being said, we have a few tips to beat the heat!

  1. Cool down the gelcoat or resin. By refrigerating the product, down to about 65 degrees, you can get up to 15 minutes of working time with the product. It’s not hours, but it’s way better than 2 or 3 minutes.
  2. Cool the mold down by having fans on the mold, especially the back-side, to get a bit more working time.
  3. Epoxies are very sensitive to temperature changes. By cooling down epoxy systems, they become thicker, but as they heat up, they become thinner and if you are laminating, especially vertically, then thinner is not your friend. By keeping the product the same temperature, you will get a consistent flow.
  4. If you are able to cool down your work area, be mindful of the humidity. Remember, humidity is not your friend, so make sure the mold and the surrounding area is nice and dry before spraying.
  5. Make small batches of gelcoat or resin at a time and catalyze at 1-1/2 percent on gelcoats and polyester resins (still 2% on Vinylesters) to avoid the material getting any hotter than it already is.



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Fiberglass Coatings Newsletter is Here!

Last week, we sent out our first newsletter to our e-mail subscribers. If you haven’t seen the e-mail, then you should subscribe! We have all kinds of fun and interesting bits of information, along with events and so much more. It’s very easy to subscribe. Now, it just got a bit easier; you can text us!

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Tech Tip: Storing Resin

resinStoring your resin is an important part of any job. The leftover resin isn’t something you can just discard, nor would you want to. We’ve got some tips on how to store your resin to make sure you have the most bang for your buck.

  • Keep resin in its original packaging. Those containers are approved for resin and do not get thinner overtime.
  • Do not keep mixed resin. If you add anything to it, you need to use it or lose it.
  • Keep out of the sun. Make sure your resin is stored in a cool, dark place. Our techs even suggest storing them in refrigerators (just not with food).
  • Write on the container when you purchased the resin.
  • Know the shelf lives of your products. A good rule of thumb is 3 months on Gelcoats and Polyesters, and 12 months on epoxies, provided your store them properly.
  • If the product is over its shelf life, it doesn’t necessarily mean its garbage. If it still looks ok, do a test piece to see how it sets up and go from there.
  • Do not store the product on concrete.

Now that you know how to store the product, get out there and make your project look amazing!