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Old 03-27-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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Preferred method to cover floats

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I'm building a set of floats. They are wood, with foam cores. In regards to covering - I understand you can use Monokote, or cover the wood with resin (autobody resin). I'm leaning towards the resin, given the fact I think Monokote just does not stick like it used to. Any other ideas?
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Old 03-27-2006, 07:12 PM   #2
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Hi Colin:
I would definately go with the cloth and resin. If there are any gaps in the wood where resin could get in DON'T use polyester, it will eat the foam. Use epoxy resin.
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I'd use an epoxy finishing resin - it's much less viscous than regular epoxy. I use the Pacer "Z poxy" - it takes about a half hour to set up. If you want to make sure you go easy on it, cut the resin with pure isopropyl alcohol (from the drug store - don't use the 70% stuff). Use a foam brush to put it on, then toss the brush. If you really want to bullet proof them, throw on some 1/2 oz/yd˛ FG cloth.

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If they are foam core I would just use Mono-cote or better yet Ultra cote. Fiberglass and resin is a lot of work to obtain a nice finish and if they are foam core you really don't need to worry too much about leaks. You could ultra-cote right over the foam. I just finished a set of FG EDO type floats and it was a lot of work. I just hope they don't leak. I would hate to have to retrieve the plane using my SCUBA gear.
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