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Old Jul 25, 2002, 08:15 AM
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Question about glassing with WBPU... please help.

I put some glass cloth with WBPU on my project yesterday.
From what I've read and seen here, I thought the result would have been much more shiny/stronger than what I have...

I thought it would become as hard as plastic, or glass ! The foam is not realy harder than it was before the glass cloth was applied. What could explain that ? Not enough WBPU ?

I'm covering pink foam, using .75oz cloth with BEHR Water Based Polyurethan (High gloss).

Please if anyone can give me some advice, it would be very appreciated.

Fred
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Old Jul 25, 2002, 08:30 AM
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I think part of the problem is that the foam may absorb some of the WBPU, so you're not getting a silky smooth hard finish, but that's fine. You just want the glass to bond to the foam. I usually put on 2 or 3 coats of WBPU, to try to fill the weave as much as possible, w/o too many pin holes. It's not going to be puncture proof, or heavy ding proof, but it's does stiffen up the foam significantly and enough for flying. I seem to be getting a much harder and tougher finish on balsa than foam. It also takes some time for the WBPU to dry completely and harden.
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Old Jul 25, 2002, 08:34 AM
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I see... It's gonna be 24h since the first coat this afternoon, I will try and put a second one... As you said, I think it might have been absorbed by the foam.

Hey I see that you're in Hull... I'm traveling to Hull and Ottawa once a week for work, can you recommend a few good Hobby Shops in that area where they hold Electric stuff ?

Thanks for your help by the way !

Fred
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Old Jul 25, 2002, 10:20 AM
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Pierre, have you ever weighed the plane before and after you've applied the WBPU? I'm wondering how much weight it adds. Does the foam absorb more than the balsa?
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