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Ok so my cockpit floor doubles as the engine cover. Because it gets the most traffic on the boat, and probably because it flexes quite a bit, the paint looked particularly bad. Because of this, and the convinience of bringing it home, I decided to take it back for refinishing.
At the same time, I thought"why not add a layer of glass. I had some leftover 3m fiberglass cloth from home depot, and I thought the panel could benefit from additional stregth. The original construction was pretty poor - the cored section was off center and had a large inexplicable hole cut out of it, as if they had mis-cut when installing the inspection plate, or used scrap wood.
So I sanded down underside of the panel to remove the grey paint(?) and prepped with acitone, painted on epoxy, and laid down the cloth and painted on another layer of epoxy.
Ok so the result is interesting. I'm not sure what I expected but the result isn't exactly like fiberglass I'm used too. It basically feels exactly like what it is - a layer of glass cloth glued to the surface. Every slight wrinkle in the cloth is visible and places where the resin was especially thick look exactly like that - like small pools of water.
So at this point what should I do? It seems like sanding would cut the layers of glass that I just laid down, painting would be fine but I don't really see the point in painting the underside of the engine panel.
Note that this was mostly an experiment, not strictly necessary, and it's on the underside of the panel which isn't visible unless it's removed.
So did I just do a bad job applying the glass, or are there typically finishing steps that I should do now?
Last edited by asdf38; 05-29-2013 at 05:47 PM.