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Re: Fairing Compounds, what do "you" use?

West's 407 is the same stuff as what I used, except I used a generic brand that was a tenth of the cost. I got a gallon of it for $11 as opposed to $34 for a litre of 407.

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Fairing your keel on Christmas eve - a new definition of hard core.
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Re: Fairing Compounds, what do "you" use?

Well, it was a nice day and race season starts January 6th.

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Re: Fairing Compounds, what do "you" use?

I just used West System epoxy with some 407 filler to do some fixing on a tiller. Working on re-varnishing it too. I like how this filler worked out on this project.
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Re: Fairing Compounds, what do "you" use?

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On the advice of an old boatyard owner, I use talc as a thickener for epoxy to make fairing goop. Balloons makes nice sanding but it stays so runny that it's hard to work overhead or vertically.

Talc/epoxy can be thickened as stiff as you need and it sands better than anything I've ever used. I find there's no need to worry about the talc being hygroscopic as there is so much resin in the mix plus the top coats that any theoretical absorbency isn't a factor.

It's dirt cheap too if you get it from an industrial supplier. I paid $20 for a cement bag of the stuff 10 years ago - I still have lots.
thats what we have been using down here in el salvador...great cheap stuff and is nice to fair....we are using this method outside and to fair the insides of the cabin tops where they meet the deck as they had loose strand oem glass work

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Re: Fairing Compounds, what do "you" use?

After two days my sample in the carport had finally kicked off so I let it sit one more day and went back down to the boat.
Like I had expected it had sagged quite badly. So after "much" sanding I mixed up some more.
With SJ34's advice of a 2:1 mix in mind I added much more filler than the first time. Not quite a 2:1 but close. It looked like pie dough as opposed to my first attempt, thick icing.
I have worked with epoxy quite a bit over the years and during first attempt I had "epoxy" in mind and tried to keep the epoxy, well epoxy looking.
Big mistake.
After a huge amount of sanding I mixed up my new brew at about 1 part epoxy to 1.75 parts filling compound. It went on like drywall filler and stayed put, no sagging. Perfect!
All I have left to do is sand the old paint a bit and put on some new bottom paint . Then wait for the boat yard employees to return from their Christmas break so they can put the old tub back in the chuck.
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