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by 83glt
Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Removing Fiberglass - Cabinet Scraper?
Replies: 11
Views: 6183

Re: Removing Fiberglass - Cabinet Scraper?

Thanks Sedges, but as I indicated in the first post, I don't want to build another one. I don't have room for 2 canoes anyway. This is a light tripping and leisure canoe. It will never see white water of any significance. So I appreciate your concern, but for the use that it is bound to see I'm not ...
by 83glt
Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:30 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Removing Fiberglass - Cabinet Scraper?
Replies: 11
Views: 6183

Re: Removing Fiberglass - Cabinet Scraper?

4 hours to remove: Wow! That sounds promising. I'm sure it will take me longer as a novice and in wanting to be careful, etc. But I was worried this would take much longer.

Thanks again for the advice everyone. I'll report back in a few months when this is actually underway. Happy paddling!
by 83glt
Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Removing Fiberglass - Cabinet Scraper?
Replies: 11
Views: 6183

Re: Removing Fiberglass - Cabinet Scraper?

Thanks for the replies everyone. Yes, I have thought about painting it, but I feel that would be defeating the purpose of having built the cedar strip. The aesthetic potential of the stripping is what makes me want to avoid painting it if possible. For a first canoe I'm proud that I did a really goo...
by 83glt
Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Removing Fiberglass - Cabinet Scraper?
Replies: 11
Views: 6183

Removing Fiberglass - Cabinet Scraper?

In short the fiberglass job on my first canoe was lousy. It's blotchy, clouded, streaky, and just plain ugly - at least to me. Anyone who's a non-builder that sees it says it looks amazing, but I know how beautiful it could have looked had the fiberglassing been done right. Anyway, I'm not asking fo...
by 83glt
Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: UV protection
Replies: 5
Views: 1672

Re: UV protection

I'm curious, how would one remove a wax finish if needed? I can't see how sanding would be an option. Would a chemical stripper of some sort be required?
by 83glt
Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: how should I attach the seats?
Replies: 5
Views: 2181

Re: how should I attach the seats?

"Maybe even notching the cleats slightly for the seat frames." This is exactly how I installed the seats on my canoe. So far so good. I haven't had any structural problems and I've been using the canoe for about 5 years now. In fairness, it doesn't get used nearly as often as I'd like, and will it l...
by 83glt
Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: heat gun question
Replies: 2
Views: 984

Thanks for your reply Glen. I'm starting to think that the area in question is the result of a batch of poorly mixed epoxy as the rest of the inside was glassed at the same time and under the same conditions (i.e. humidity/temperature) and it turned out fine. At this point I think I'll save that ene...
by 83glt
Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:16 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: heat gun question
Replies: 2
Views: 984

heat gun question

Hi all, I thought I had read somewhere on the forum that a heat gun can be used to release humidity or air from cured epoxy or to clear up milky/white spots in the epoxy. Now I can't seem to find that post. Does anyone have any advice/input/experience on this topic? There is a fairly large area on t...
by 83glt
Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:35 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: sanding inside for varnishing
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

Thanks Glen. And I thought my epoxying was done! More practice for the next canoe I guess... I have read, however, that one coat of inside epoxy is an option. If one wanted to only have one epoxy coat on the inside, how would one go about doing that? Thanks again.

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by 83glt
Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:18 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: sanding inside for varnishing
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

sanding inside for varnishing

HI all, Just a quick question. I'm sanding the inside to prepare for varnishing. As I wanted to save weight and because my canoe will only see leisurely paddling on small lakes (no white water) I stopped after the wet-out coat on the inside (i.e. only one coat of epoxy). My hull has some undulation ...
by 83glt
Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:08 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Seat Mounting
Replies: 13
Views: 4637

Hi there, I've followed this thread and I guess my question is for the last poster who installed the seats 30 years ago by epoxying blocks to the sides of his canoe. Can you give instructions on how to install one's seats by this method, or at least direct me to somewhere that I can find such instru...
by 83glt
Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: Space between seat and hull
Replies: 7
Views: 1813

Is it possible to install seats without "hanging" them? I thought I had heard someone somewhere talking about epoxying the seats to the inner hull without using any metal fasteners. Is this possible, and what are the pros/cons vs. hanging seats as described in Canoecraft for example. I'm still a way...
by 83glt
Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: sanding/pre-coating inside
Replies: 10
Views: 2740

Thanks for the advice. I was thinking about using a roller and I'll probably give it a try. Juneau Dave, it's nice to see I'm not the only one with an "organized" workshop! I just have one question. If I heat the workshop to close to room temperature with a space heater, then turn it off to allow te...
by 83glt
Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:01 am
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: sanding/pre-coating inside
Replies: 10
Views: 2740

Thanks for the advice guys. I've just finished the initial sanding, so it's probably going to be a week or more until I can get to the fiberglassing... Enough time to consider my approach and weigh the options! Juneau Dave, you mentioned warming the hull. My workshop is basically a 18' x 15' toolshe...
by 83glt
Sun Oct 23, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: Builders' Forum
Topic: sanding/pre-coating inside
Replies: 10
Views: 2740

sanding/pre-coating inside

I was just curious if anyone out there pre-coats the inside of their boats w/ epoxy before glassing? If so, what have the results been and is there any reason not to pre-coat the inside? Also, how even does the inside surface have to be before glassing? Does the surface have to be perfectly level? I...