This morning I went out to the farm and was able to put the first layer of fiberglass down on the side deck.
Here is where we left off:
Today I took a close up of the bevel to show the cut line and how the fiberglass gently slopes upwards to the gel coat:
I began by cutting the fiberglass to the exact size I needed to fill in the bevel:
Once I had everything cut to size I carefully laid each strip to the side in the opposite order that I would need them. I then mixed up two batches of epoxy – 1 thickened with 404 high density and one un-thickened. I wet out the surface of the exposed fiberglass on the deck, then put the thickened epoxy down and spread it around with a brush. Next I placed the fiberglass down and worked it into the epoxy with a metal roller to make sure it was totally wet out. I then wet out the exposed fiberglass with un-thickened epoxy and used the roller again to make sure all the fibers were laid down well.
And here is the finished product with a preview of my cramped work space:
It doesn’t look much different than where we started from but it is now 100% watertight and a great deal stronger!! I’ll sand all this down and apply the smaller layers that build up the recess in a second sitting. For the upcoming small strips of fiberglass I will use 406 to thicken the epoxy before finally fairing everything with 407.