Thanks to all that responded. I never even thought about how slick the HDPE material is. My bad......
11-11-2009 07:11 PM
There arelots of ways to ensure that your cockpit repair is strong , looks good and will last. [Starboard is not part of that recipe,by the way] Epoxy resin should be considered and I would strongly recommend Coosa foam as the core.Especially in a large panel, inherent stiffness in the core is a bonus. I first used this product many years ago and now use it almost exclusively in core replacement and small parts fabrication,and know many other repairers who do the same. Check it out, you'll be happy with the results.
11-11-2009 02:16 PM
That is a good link that was posted for replacing the core in a cockpit sole. But he definitely did it the hard way. You're much better to do it from the top. Good results are very hard to get from below, access is terrible, and you're working over your head. By working from the top it's an easier, faster job with very probably better results. Try this link. Sole Wars IV: A New Core
11-11-2009 07:21 AM
I'd point out that marine plywood has the worst characteristics of any core material and is the heaviest of them all. Foam or end-grain balsa also have the benefit of being the easiest to work with.
11-10-2009 10:28 PM
Originally Posted by dbruce85
In case you haven't seen the site, it will be a good place to start.