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Old 05-06-2013
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

Looking good Squid!

I kinda agree that a wood sole would look better but it looks like it is already too late for that option now that the plywood is already glassed in.

I doubt that it would be worth the effort to mold in a non skid pattern but I do think it is worthwhile making a mold to keep the surface flat and avoid a lot of sanding later. I recently used some roof flashing backed by 3/4" plywood for an area I filled with epoxy. This left the area basically flat and smooth with only a void or two left to fill later.

I did hear from someone who was in the boat building business that some of the builders have used formica to make molds, so it might be possible to imprint a texture to your epoxy work. He cautioned me that with formica the builders do use a mold release agent (wax) though. I used bare flashing metal and it released from the hardened epoxy very nicely.
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