Balsa repair

I just finished the final layer(s) of glass work on my balsa core job (approx 50% of hull). Overall, not that difficult of a process thanks to the FS balsa repair guide. I plan to blog the experience in more detail but I thought I would offer my observations to the group: 1. Demo is pretty straightforward. Circular saw set to min cut (the glass is approx 1/8" thick) 2. Balsa is pretty easy to work with - a utility knife will cut it. 3. I don't think I used enough resin under the balsa and must have mixed it a bit to weak for the cool weather we had...definitely increase catalyst when below 75F. 4. Rollers were the most useful for the glass work. The squeegee seemed to make a mess of the fibers. 5. The top layers of glass consumed 3qts resin - I ended up needing more than I initially purchased. The 4 layers at the C/B take a lot of resin to wet out. Does anyone have any tips for the gel coat layer? I'm coating the entire balsa section of the hull. I plan to use a 4" cabinet roller and foam brush - but I may have a short nap 9" roller on standby if the process is too tedious.

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Alright.

Alright...a 4" roller is a joke for a gel coat job like this. Fortunately I realized that before even beginning. Get the 9"! I posted my experience. Good luck to all who try their hand at balsa work. It can be done: http://edgewaters.blogspot.com/2008/05/flying-scot-balsa-repair.html

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