Fiberglass cloth vs. fiberglass mat

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Phishtech
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Fiberglass cloth vs. fiberglass mat

Post by Phishtech » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:30 am

I now have 2 people foaming at the mouth to help me build my first boat, the Laker. One is my boss whom I introduced to kayaking, and a work partner who used to work in a boat repair shop. While showing them the plans I have and telling them what I entend to do with them, the last one suggested I use mat, instead of cloth to do the seams in the interior. I keep wondering if he's correct to tell me that the mat is stronger than the cloth. To me, random fibers with no weave can't be stronger than woven cloth. Any suggestions here to help me decide?

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Re: Fiberglass cloth vs. fiberglass mat

Post by Oldsparkey » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:55 am

Chopped mat is the filler or center glass in most cases while the weave ( cloth) is the finish or outside cloth. The weave (cloth) is a lot stronger and better for us to use since we normally only use one layer.

Look at it this way , when you purchase a complete kit from a designer they furnish the woven cloth to use on the boat , not the chopped mat.

If you do not get the glass from them they recommend the woven cloth for use and not the chopped mat

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Re: Fiberglass cloth vs. fiberglass mat

Post by tx river rat » Tue Jul 20, 2010 9:50 am

Phish
My first boat ,I used some mat, It weighed 80 lbs when I finished,it will soak up twice as much resin,
Dont use it on this kind of build.
Ron

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Re: Fiberglass cloth vs. fiberglass mat

Post by Phishtech » Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:56 am

O.K., I'll only use the cloth on my boats. Thanks for the input. Phishtech

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