I’m having a problem with my rails now…
This is a kiteboard I’m making, and my layup was H80 bottom, EPS core, H80 top and on the sides I just made up some epoxy and hollowglass microspheres. Now, my vacuum didn’t pull hard enough (piece of crap venturi vacuum, getting a thomas soon maybe) So the microspheres didn’t really do their job in spreading out (maybe I didn’t use enough?) So the rails just kept popped up with air inbetween. I just mixed up some more mush, deciding I’m going to just use this as the rails and not wrap them at all. Well, the mush was hard as hell to work with (Microspheres, cabosil, very fine carbon fiber and very fine eglass) so I take it this should be fine, but I ended up clamping some parts of the rails too just so it’d spread better too.
Looks like I didn’t mix enough and I couldn’t clamp enough either… So now I’m moving onto plan C… just going to handshape the rails (lots of sanding :() then I’m going to just wrap them I guess… what a pain this whole process was.
On my next board I’m just going to have to find somewhere to get some premade ABS rails so I can lay it up easier.
Now I smell of epoxy (did this in a non ventilated area and no respirator YIKES!), am kinda aggrivated, and have to go to sleep…
Oh well, this’ll all turn out fine… it’ll be fixed tomorrow, early.
Here are some pics before the rail process just to hold some people over incase they’re really interested.
EDIT: Can anyone guess how old I am to be doing this?