Originally Posted by svcambria
. . . But after having resin dripping on me, and fiberglass
drooping on me under the keel
, then trying to get the stuff off of me, I would still recommend epoxy
for any overhead work. Or hire it out.
cleans up with vinegar. And then you smell like a salad...
Quite true. Working with polyester and vinylester resins is difficult, messy and a royal pain in the ass. But it is the proper way to repair a boat made from polyester resin.
- - Normally I have to wear a total paper "moon suit" with booties and head hood
along with a OSHA Mine safety
Organics respirator and goggles. Styrene which is the "vehicle" that keeps polyester resins liquid is a literal brain cell dissolver. This is why FRG boat manufacturers are willing to spend multi-millions of dollars leasing the use of SCRIMP technology and its predecessor, vacuum bagging. Having to have workers all suited and masked in order to build a boat hull
- not to mention OSHA hassles - makes building boats in the USA financially impossible without the new technologies. With the SCRIMP system there are zero vapors and zero contact between the workers and the resins.
- - But for field repairs
of significance and the desire to have the job done correctly then the hassles of dealing with polyester resins is necessary. If you want a "quick and dirty" fix then epoxy is the way to go. But then I normally recommend that the owner sell the boat as quickly as possible and go buy a new one.