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Old 19 December 2008, 12:36   #1
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Glassing in console

After xmas I'm hoping to fit a single seat console. The only way it can be fitted in is to be glassed onto the deck.

Now I've never done this before and have done a search on here but with out much joy. So here's what I'm thinking of doing and please put me right on anything, PLEASE!!. Best add there is no way of screwing the console onto the deck.

Using some treated garden fence battens screwed down onto the deck. Screw the console onto the battens. Sand the hull and console where it's to be bonded. Buy some fibre glass mat (anyone any idea of what gsm to get? ) and apply with 2 inch covering the console and 2 inch covering the deck. Flowcoat over the top and then I can paint the whole deck with non slip paint.

That sound like it will be strong enough?
Few questions for those that have done it.
How many layers of matting do I need to apply for strength?
Am I right in thinking the flowcoat will seal it all in?
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Thats baisically the way I'd do it, but without the wooden pieces between the console and deck.
Is there a reason you can't screw straight down onto the deck?
The screws are only to hold it in place whilst the glass goes off so don't need to be that strong.
I'd also try to go around the inside as well as the outside.

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There's no lip at all on it, so no. The wood wouldn't be between the console and deck but in the inside of the console. But if you can think of another way mate that would be great.
I never thought of glassing the inside. At the moment there's no way to access the inside once the console is on the deck but I'm thinking of fitting a large access. Will be a fiddly thing to glass the inside but would be worth it.
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Definitely forget the wood and just glass it to the deck inside and out if possible. Make sure you clean and abrade the deck and console first, acetone is good for cleaning them and washing your tools after you have finished.
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What if it moves wail I'm glassing though Rick? Could see that being a right royal pain in the arse. Just got 5l acetone
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What if it moves wail I'm glassing though Rick? Could see that being a right royal pain in the arse. Just got 5l acetone
If you are worried about it moving just mix up a small amount of resin and cut about 6 small pieces of glass and tack it in position (just like you would use selotape to initially hold 2 pieces of card together). If possible put them on the inside of the console for neatness. When they have gone off the console wont move when you glass it in.
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Nice idea thanks
Do you have to have certain temperatures for fibre glassing? A the moment I'm stuck to doing it outside.
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Nice idea thanks
Do you have to have certain temperatures for fibre glassing? A the moment I'm stuck to doing it outside.
The ideal temperature is 18 -20 deg C and I believe that below about 15 deg C the resin will not cure correctly. If you have to do it outside I would make a tent over the console and warm the inside up with a fan heater / convection heater.
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Thanks again Richard, I think I'll look into trying to get it in doors to do it. How long does it take to go off?
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Would use 3-4 layers of CSM cloth first all round. wet it out well then get some woven cloth and undo the weaving so that you have the strands, lay them along the length of the joint then wet that out. will give you a nice curved joint similar to a fin on a surf board and will be quite strong. If you are trying to get a good corner with the Chop strand matt just stretch the mat to pull the fibers apart a little, when it is dry

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