Teardrop Class Under Way

Our first-ever two-week class building the CLC Teardrop Camper is under way and streaming live on our Shopcam: www.clcboats.com/shopcam/shopcamlive.html

Shopcam, Monday morning 6-12-17

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RE: Teardrop Class Under Way

   How many are they building this class? I see the BOSS is leading the build. 

RE: Teardrop Class Under Way

   Just woundering how you are going to teach your students how to apply the fiberglass cloth? Same as your boats, like everyone else does, apply cloth, sand fill-, sand fill-, sand fill ? You have more area surfaces to glass than most of your boats. Sure would be nice to see someone do it right and avoid all the sanding and filling in the weave of your cloths, sand- fill like three times seames like too much for one layer of cloth to survive without sanding through to wood. Someone should have enough experiance in the proper application of composites to use PEEL-PLY ? Since you don't offer any PEEL-PLY advice or list it in your store, your wasteing money-time-and destroying the only layer of cloth you just put down. I know after 40 years of composites using Peel-ply, you will see a dramatic improvment of your composite lay-ups. It should allways be said, "why did you forget to use Peel-ply, you bone head", you just screwed up my project. If someone did all that sanding and filling on my project, he will not get paid for his work, and as Trump would say---"YOUR FIRED.

RE: Teardrop Class Under Way

Settle down. We use peel-ply all the time.

Here's the shop-tip on our site:

Peel Ply for Smooth Fiberglass Surfaces

And here's where we sell it on our site:

West System Release Fabric (Peel Ply)

It's true, in a professional shop setting, there's no excuse for not using peel ply as much as possible.

For beginners and amateurs, there are lots of reasons why it's not the first thing you do. For one thing, it's $16/yard and not reusuable. The time-savings tends to pay off in professional shops but less so for the folks at home.

Also, it's tricky to use if you're just starting out.

And finally, it only works on flat or conical surfaces, not on compound curves, so it really only works for parts that you pre-'glass on the bench top. There are boats in our catalog where that makes sense, and those builders are directed to use peel-ply.

The Teardrop Camper is not one of them. Pre-'glassing the panels would make them too stiff to form up that shape.

RE: Teardrop Class Under Way

In addition to all the things that John said, for compound surfaces you can always use paper towels. They're small enough and flexible enough to follow the compound curves. They don't leave the matte surface that peel ply does, but they do blot any excess resin leaving a clean weave that is ready to be filled or to have the next layer of the layup applied without excessive puddles of resin between layers of glass.

Only leave the paper towels on long enough to blot the resin. As soon as it stops blotting (usually under a minute) remove the paper and tip the surface with a dry foam brush to get rid if the bubbles.



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