Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

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Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Bryan Hansel » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:54 pm

The Darth Canoe is dyed and fiberglassed. I used Lee Valley dyes: 2 parts walnut, 1 part cherry. I coated it twice and crossed my fingers that it would be dark enough. I nailed it!

Many bugs died in making this canoe.

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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Glen Smith » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:47 pm

Hey Bryan, you will have to rename it the "stealth canoe".

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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Snowman » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:47 pm

Or how about the "really fast build canoe." I am happliy jealous that you can build it so quickly.

It is looking good. I can't wait to see the finished product!


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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Bryan Hansel » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:25 pm

Here's a better view of the color.

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A couple of problems:

1. Bugs!!!!! The bottom is pretty bad, so that's probably going to get painted black.
2. Bugs!!!!!
3. Moisture from dew turned the epoxy milky the night after I fiberglassed. Luckily, the sun turned it back to normal.

I don't think I'll do another build outside, which means this is the last boat until I get a shop again.

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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Jim Dodd » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:20 am

Bugs are definitely a curse !! Even in a garage.
What glue did you use on the strips ?
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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Bryan Hansel » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:25 am

I couldn't find any Elmer's in town, so whatever their competition was. I like Elmer's better, because it seemed to clean up better. I think you see some in the dye, but some of that is because I didn't use bead and cove and the dye has a hard time penetrating the cracks.

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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Jim Dodd » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:10 pm

Yeah! I've never had any luck with hiding "Yellow" glue. Early on I went to the dark Elmers, and Then to thier "Gel" glue, that worked great but I can't seem to find it anymore.

Hope to hear how much weight you save ! I built a 17ft. tandem with strips a little thicker than 1/4". It was ridged, but heavy !!

Keep us posted !

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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by no_dice » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:02 pm

Did you do this entire build outside? I really would like to order a Bear Mountain kit for my first build, but I'm in the same boat as you -- no indoor workspace that's big enough. If you're not going to do any more builds outside, what made you make that decision?

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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Bryan Hansel » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:17 pm

Bugs, rain, wind. It wasn't fun. If I were to do it again, I'd build a frame for a tarp building and do it inside that.

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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by no_dice » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:36 pm

So would a shelter like this be suitable for a build?

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4 ... ?locale=en

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Re: Canoe Fiberglassed and Dyed

Post by Bryan Hansel » Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:40 pm

Sure. That looks like it would work fine. You could tarp both ends when needed.

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