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Re: Junk in Deck Laminate
Laminating rooms aint quite as sterile as operating rooms. We've found all kinds of contaminates in between layers of fiberglass. The most common is perspiration. Once, when peeling layers of gel coat and skimcoat (CSM) away from the structural layer (24 oz roving) we actually smelled that unmistakable odor of B.O.! Incredible, I know, but I looked into it and the boat was laminated in Florida in August. And the CSM/gel coat layer came away from the 24 oz roving without any great effort, so........
The funniest part about this is when potential buyers complain about seeing sunlight through the side of the hull. But after doing this for a long time I can tell you that when light doesn't pass through a laminate, something went wrong. Good and proper glass work is damn near clear. In fact, Monday morning, i'm returning a roll of 17.08 bi-ax because it doesn't laminate clear with epoxy, meaning it has a styrene soluble binder - no styrene in epoxy. WHOOPS!