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    what do you all use to cut fiberglass when getting ready to glass the board. I have only glassed 3 boards but I have ever been able to get a clean line with anything I have used.
    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    I never had problems using a sharp scissor. My scissor is a one taylors are using for cutting cloth, and it can be sharpened. Even heavier fabric has been cut without any severe problems. Of course sometimes you need to recut a strand...
    The best surfer is the one with the biggest smile on his face...

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    • #3
      Thanks. I will pick some up.

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      • #4
        Using tape as your cut line eliminates the need to cut a clean line with scissors.....I’m not a pro glasser but after about twenty woodies I’m sticking with a cut lap to tape......
        Randy http://clearwoodpaddleboards.com/
        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuW...E0CzWCHvzwiVJQ

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        • #5
          Randy,
          I remember talking about this with you before, but it was a while back. Do you tape right where you will cut and use that as your line, or do you tape farther down so it holds the glass in place.
          Thanks

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          • #6
            I cut right at the tape line and also pull the glass around the "corner" of the rail, both top and bottom. This give a good double glass job where it often "counts"...I use strategically placed tape to hold the cloth in position if I'm pulling it into as wrap that goes very far under...this just saves messing with it while you're working the big picture part of the process....
            Randy http://clearwoodpaddleboards.com/
            https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuW...E0CzWCHvzwiVJQ

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            • #7
              So you end up with two layers on the sides of the board? Do you apply the epoxy with the tape still on? Sorry for all the questions.

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              • #8
                Yes, two layers and glass while the tape is still there. When the epoxy is toffee hard then cut along the tape line and pull the tape off.

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                • #9
                  No worries on the questions...it's what WBF is all about....:-)......so, yes, you end up with two layers of glass on the rails. The tape stays in place until the epoxy is in place on/in the cloth. The tape line gives you a clean line to cut to...many use a utility knife or razor blade to make this cut....I often sacrifice a wood chizel since it's easier to get the cut angle right.... it's hard to get the angle right with a knife blade and it can be a royal PITA if you wait too long....epoxy and glass are hard as to cut when cured. I clean up the cut line up with a small carbide detail scraper rather than sandpaper...the scraper is way more efficient and eliminates sanding dust.
                  Randy http://clearwoodpaddleboards.com/
                  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuW...E0CzWCHvzwiVJQ

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                  • #10
                    Glasses the bottom last night. Definitely the cleanest I've done so far.
                    Thanks again

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