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

University of FGCI Seminar

29066405_1978419235505969_7696436555249876992_nThe 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!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-session-on-infusion-hosted-by-the-university-of-fgci-tickets-44404964444

 

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.

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We are delivering to the Bay Area Daily!

100_2082At Fiberglass Coatings, we try to provide the best products at the best price, along with the best knowledge for all your fiberglass and resin projects. Now, we are making it even easier with several spots in the state of Florida having daily deliveries, so it’s even quicker and easier to get the products you need when you need them!

Are you in the Tampa Bay area? What about the Miami area? If you are, you can get our products delivered to you daily! You need to make sure you place your order by 3pm the day before and you will be all set! There is only a $10 handling charge, which makes getting our products cheaper and easier than ever!

If you have any questions or want to find out if you are eligible for daily deliveries, give us a call at 1-800-272-7890 today!

How to Apply Gelcoat – The End-all Guide

Gelcoat PhotoProperly applying gelcoat is the key to a good finish. Many of our customers are hesitant to use it, thinking it’s too complicated or they think they can’t end up with a good finish. So, we are here to provide a step-by-step guide on how to properly apply gelcoat. As with all our products, if you have any questions, we are here to help!

First thing you want to do is look at the surface you want to apply gelcoat to. If the surface is already covered with gelcoat, or if the surface is a fiberglass, or polyester resin, then applying gelcoat will be a snap. If the surface is paint, then the paint would have to be removed before applying the gelcoat.

gelcoat-sandingSo, you’ve decided the surface is gelcoat, so it’s time to begin. You want to sand the surface to create a mechanical bond with the gelcoat. Start by sanding the surface with 150 grit or lower sandpaper. Our technicians recommend using Dyekum Steel Blue to be very thorough. Steel Blue is a dye you wipe on. Once you don’t see the blue dye anymore, you know you have properly sanded everything. You can also use a pencil, but it’s harder to see and won’t guarantee complete coverage.

Next, you want to clean the surface. We recommend using Acetone, as it doesn’t leave a residue and evaporates quickly. Once the surface is clean, you want to get going pretty quickly; if the surface sits for any extended amount of time, you will want to re-clean the surface. Dust and dirt particles are your enemy here, so be thorough on the cleaning.

We are ready to gelcoat! First, decide if you need one or two coats of gelcoat. It will take a minimum of two coats of gelcoat if you are changing colors. If this is going over a patch, we recommend 2 coats at least, to get a nice, uniform surface. Otherwise, one coat will do.

Gelcoat needs to be applied relatively thin. We recommend 18 mils mil-gauge-2thick, to properly cure. 18 mils is approximately the thickness of a matchbook cover. If you aren’t sure how thick, pick up a mil gauge. It’s a quick, easy way to see the thickness of your gelcoat.

Gelcoat requires Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide or MEK-P to activate the hardening process. The amount is very small. We recommend 1-1/4% to 1-1/2% by volume, which means 13-15cc’s per quart. Darker colors require a bit more catalyst for the same reaction, so you can catalyze up to 2%. Refer to the catalyst chart on the side of the can, or you can find one HERE.

Be sure to have a plan of attack for applying your gelcoat. Once you mix it, you have about 15 minutes to apply the gelcoat before it starts to get hard or “gel.” The actual working time depends on your amount of catalyst and how hot your working conditions are. Anything below 60 degrees, and your gelcoat will not cure, but as you get warmer and warmer, your working time decreases rapidly. At 70 degrees, you get your 15 minutes, but at 90 degrees, you only have about 5 minutes. If you need more working time, be sure to sit the can in some cool water, or even some ice to cool it down to 60 degrees give you a bit more time.

Brushable gelFor applying your gelcoat, you can either roll the gelcoat on, like paint, or you can spray it on. We also sell a Brushable Gelcoat that can be applied with a brush. If you decide to roll on the gelcoat, be sure to use a solvent-resistant 1/8” or ¼” nap. Be sure not to use foam rollers, as they tend to leave bubbles. If you brush it on, be sure to use a solvent resistant brush. Your first coat will simply consist of the gelcoat and the MEK-P catalyst. Once applied, you want to wait about an hour and a half, for the gelcoat to set. It won’t be completely cured by then, but it should be hard and tacky.

Your second coat will consist of the same amount of Catalyst, but if you are doing one more coat, your next coat will include Sanding Aid, or ‘wax.’ You will mix in 1 oz per quart to the gelcoat, which will seal the surface from oxygen, causing the gelcoat to dry tack-free. If you roll or brush your seconding coating, be sure to go the opposite direction from the previous coat, allowing a uniform coating.

If you are using our standard Exterior gelcoat, you will be ready to sand and buff your freshly gelcoated surface. If you are using our brushable gelcoat, you will want to let it sit overnight to ensure it’s completely cured. To start sanding, begin with 320 grit sandpaper and sand the surface completely. From then on, start going up to 400, then 600, and finally 800 grit sandpaper.

At this point, you can use an 800 grit compound to compound the gelcoat. You want to use a buffer that turns at 1600-3000 RPM’s. The car polishers will not work, as they spin too slowly, so you want to check the spin speed. It’s best to do a 4’ by 4’ area and go from there. Every 10’ or so, you will want to clean your pad with a spur or with some air to ensure pieces don’t scratch your surface.

If you want a beautiful, glossy shine, use a machine glaze and then two coats of wax, and you will have a beautiful finish that any professional would be envious of.