I have used a second hand milking pump to vacuum a
35' hull. Cost a carton of beer. We currently use an old pump from
an air conditioning shop. Cost nothing. Works well.
$5,000 is very top of the market.
Once you know what you are doing, it is hard to
stuff the distribution. Liquid resin and glass behave very consistently
under vacuum. Other things you can stuff, but distribution is not one of
them. Always a good idea to practise on small stuff first. Even
better is to practise on some one else's job under expert supervision.
Which is why Derek runs the workshops. Would be great to see you there and
take you for a sail on a Harry.
Vinylester. I don't like the smell of the
stuff, but have no complaints about it's properties. We are doing some
adhesion tests, aimed at seeing if we can use epoxy for the secondary bonding to
keep the smell under control. Apparently there is very little smell with
the infusion. We may end up using polyester. There are no shortage
of very light, very old polyester boats still performing very well. The
very light cat I capsized in the North Atlantic was polyester/foam.
Resisted ramming by the ship that picked us up, two huge Irish stokers with fire
axes and a couple of thousand rounds of small arms fire. Finally succumbed
to 50 rounds from the AA gun. Tough stuff.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:34
Subject: [harryproa] RTM OR RESIN
I had a friend, surfboard shaper show me how he does resin infusion
make kiteboards. Pretty kool bypassing the the resin lay up by
is it cost effective for one off? The materials and
equipment for the set
up seemed kinda pricey even back then 4-5 years
ago 500.us for just one
pump. Not to mention the learning curve . Not
so bad when your only
dealing with a sheet 3- 4 feet by 16- 20 ''.
Pretty big hicup when you
screw up on a 30' x 4' panel. Not getting an
even distrubution of resin
top and bottom.
Was curious as to the refference of only waiting for 1
and a 1/2
hours for set up and your done. This is for polyester resin
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