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Boat Yard Fiberglass Resin

A general purpose economy finish resin. Has excellent wettability and good strength. Must be used with fiberglass fabrics to ensure proper cure. Can be tinted with Evercoat Coloring Agents, but may not yield an exact color match. This resin can be used on most wood, fiberglass and some metal. Liquid hardener is included.

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Polyester Resin is a liquid which when the catalyst is added, will cure to a solid. It has been specially formulated to cure at room temperature. The hardener, usually MEKP (Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide) is added to begin the curing process. When polyester resin "cures", it goes through a polymerization process. This process brings it from a liquid state to a solid state. The "polymerization" involved is the connecting of molecules in a grid pattern, which is permanent and results in the resin going from liquid to solid (hard). The MEKP hardener begins this process. Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing the correct proportions of resin to hardener. Factors that will affect the hardening time and working time are temperature, thickness of the application, quantities of resin mixed per batch and humidity.

Hardeners for polyester resin, often referred to as catalyst, come in small plastic tubes or bottles with graduated measurements marked on them. Hardeners are measured in drops or fractions of teaspoons for most lay-up or repair jobs. Consult manufacturer’s instructions. Do not over-catalyze or under-catalyze -- you may ruin the resin and have to start again. This will only cause further problems.

Polyester resins have a limited shelf life of one year. Therefore, be sure to purchase fresh resin and try to use it within six months from the time you purchased it. Never return mixed polyester resin, (that which has been catalyzed), to the container of unmixed resin. Discard the unused mixed or catalyzed resin.

There are two general types of polyester resin used for repair. Laminating or Bonding resin which cure to a tacky surface and Fiberglass or Marine Finish resin which cures to a non-tacky surface.

Laminating resin (Evercoat # 100560, 100561) is used for initial coats on wood or for multiple applications with fiberglass cloth or mat. This resin is air-inhibited which means it will cure to a tacky finish and does not require sanding between coats. This is desirable in laminating because the layers adhere to each other better. This product should not be used as a final coat unless measures are taken to seal out the air during the curing process.

Marine and Fiberglass resin (Evercoat # 100553, 100552, 100554, 100517, 100518, 105499, 105498, 105500, and 105501) is non air-inhibited or waxed resin. It is for the final coat. This resin cures with a hard non-tacky surface. When the catalyzed resin is applied as a final coat to the laminate coats of resin, the wax rises to the top, sealing off the air and allows the resin to cure to a hard finish, which can then be sanded, painted or gel coated.

NOTE: Cannot be used with aluminum, redwood and/or close-grained woods like oak or cedar. Do not use with Styrofoam.


Preparing The Surface

Remove all grease, wax, dirt, and other foreign material from repair area. Use a paint stripper or sand off any paint. Wipe area clean with acetone or non-residual solvent.

If repairing a hole, cut or grind away all loose or damaged material. Sand several inches beyond repair area and taper edge of hole. Tape a wax paper covered piece of cardboard to the backside of the hole to be repaired. Cut Sea-Glass cloth or mat to overlap repair area by at least 2". If multiple layers of mat or cloth are going to be used, make each layer slightly larger than the last. NOTE: BOAT YARD, BOATER’S CHOICE and HARDWARE RESIN MUST BE USED WITH FIBERGLASS CLOTH, MAT or TAPE. PREMIUM MARINE RESIN CAN BE USED ON ITS OWN.

If covering a surface make sure the surface is clean, dry and sanded. Remove any paint and wipe area with acetone to remove any contaminants. Cut Sea-Glass cloth or mat slightly larger than area to be covered.

Mixing The Material

Add hardener to resin just before using and stir for one minute. Never mix more than a quart at a time as it starts setting up in about 17 minutes and should not be used after it starts to gel (harden).

Mix resin and hardener using the chart below:

Required Hardener per Amount of Resin

Per Fl. Oz. of Resin

Per Quart of Resin

Per Gallon of Resin

12 drops of hardener

11 cc. of hardener

40 cc. of hardener


Application should only be made on a perfectly dry surface. When applying laminating resin over wood, the first coat may soak in. Apply a second coat and wait until it gets sticky before laying Sea-Glass mat or cloth.

Using a paint brush or plastic spreader, apply resin/hardener mixture to the Sea-Glass mat or cloth. Work the resin into the fiberglass until the white fibers disappear. Additional layers of mat or cloth can be applied before the mixture gels. Cured surface must be sanded before re-coating or painting.

After the Resin Has Cured (Hardened) Once the repair has hardened (at least 6 hours) sand down excess resin (120 grit) and any protruding fibers and apply a light coat of marine resin with hardener or use Evercoat® Formula 27 All Purpose Filler (#100570, 100571, and 100572). Sand final surface with 180 grit before applying paints or gel coat. For large jobs, Evercoat® Marine Laminating Resin (#100560, 100561) should be used for initial coats. Laminating Resin remains tacky when cured, which will hold the cloth or mat in place and does not require sanding between coats. Notes: Fiberglass cloth, mat, or tape must be used with polyester resin. • Use only enough resin to completely wet out the cloth or mat. Excess resin that has “puddled” on top of the cloth or mat will eventually crack. • For fiberglassing over redwood, cedar, oak or other oily or close grained woods, Evercoat® Everfix Epoxy (#100642, 100643, or 100644) or Everstar®Epoxy Resin System (#100620, 100621, 100623, and 100624) will provide the best adhesion. • Never return resin mixed with hardener back into the can. • Use Evercoat®Acetone to clean brushes, tools and equipment before resin gels. • If desired, use Evercoat® Coloring Agents to tint the resin. Tinting may not yield the exact color match. Coloring Agents should be added prior to catalyzation at a maximum of 1 oz. per quart. • Excessive brushing or applying in direct sunlight can cause resin to cure tacky.
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