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Old 20-02-2016, 15:43   #16
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Re: Chopped stand matt & epoxy

Originally Posted by chinaweibo View Post
Chopped strand mat is a non-woven reinforced material. It is manufactured by spreading continuous filament roving of 50mm in length, distributed it at random uniformly held together with powder or emulsion binder.
I'm pretty sure this ridiculously obtuse first post, made on a 10 year old forum, is courtesy of a spam bot.

But if anyone happens to be freaking out about csm and epoxy, csm is held together for ease in handing and cutting by a styrene soluble binder. This binder dissolves with polyester resins which typically contain styrene and so the wet out and shape conforming gets a lot easier. I recall reading on a few glass suppliers sites (mertons etc) that as long as you take the extra time with epoxy to get a thorough wet-out, you wont have any problem. Optionally you can put a splash of styrene in your epoxy brew.

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