Glassing disaster

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I started glassing board #7 today in my garage. Air temp. was approx. 72 degrees and clear blue skies. Everything started out great until it came time to tuck the laps. it seemed the UV resin I was using was starting to set up. The laps would not stick and the resin seemed thick and dry, if that makes any sense. I didn’t panic but kept working on the laps. I started mid board just like always working my way out to the tips but as soon as I got to the tip the middle would be sagging down!! @##&^$!!! Now I’m starting to sweat. I tried a little more resin but that didn’t work. Now, mind you, I’m in my garage completely out of the sun thinking this is not going to happen. But no matter what I did the laps would not stick. Not only that but now I’m seeing bubbles all along the rail line that I can’t smooth out, not to mention funky lumps. Now I’m ready to take a chain saw to the whole thing and maybe to myself thinking “after all the time spent shaping and airbrushing…” Instead I just peeled the glass off. In the back of my mind Mr. Logic was saying “That resin was 9 months old numb-nuts.” I had no major problems with the 6 boards I did previously and was thinking this one would be even better. Man, was I wrong!!! Now I know the Master Glassers out there are shaking their heads saying to themselves "what a dumb s…t!!! But I need your help to figure out what rookie mistakes I made and what to do next time. Also what should I do with the shaped blank now that it has a little bit of resin on the bottom and rails? This was going to be my last poly lam. I was going use up the resin I had and use RR Epoxy on the next ones. Is it possible to lam this board now with epoxy after this poly disaster??? HELP! Thanks in advance for any help, criticism, threats, etc.


UV poly most likely won’t kick unless there is an initiator of some sort. I’ve seen similar happen with: (a) fresh flourescent bulbs, (b) having the lights closer than before, or (c) a distant window with the lower winter sun at just the right angle to bounce UV rays off the floor and kick the underside of the board early.

The container of UV resin could have been exposed with the lid off just long enough to set up the reaction, then with just a little bit of artificial light, the reaction jumps to completion. ARRRRrrrgh!!!

Q: do you have many “chunks” of resin still on the blank. If you get rid of these, then you still have a good chance at success with the new shape…

Hope that may explain and prevent future incidents. How do I know about the above problems? Well, let’s just say it can happen to the best of them, so you shouldn’t feel so bad. Heck, you learned from it.

Thanks for the input PlusOneShaper. After much thought I have decided to relam with fresh resin and hope for the best.

this is why i am sticking with good old mkep. by the way which is stronger a lot of cat and a quick gel or a litlle less and a little longer kick timre