Using Fibreglass-Part 1

It stinks, it’s toxic, it uses a corrosive catalyst and it isn’t nice to use, but fibreglass is a workshop staple.

I have spent a fair bit of time behind a respirator patting down millions of pieces of fibreglass but this is the first time I have ever covered it in a blog. 

Naturally I figured video would be the best way of showing y’all so please mosey on down to the clip below and take a look at how this whiffy wonder will be a key player in making my Vampire come to life!

As always, I motor through a fair bit of stuff so I have put together a little companion reference download for those of you who want to look a bit closer at the whole fibreglassing thing.

To get it, just click here or the pic to the left.

Many people are curious to see how it works without having to endure the smell and this vid will take you through the process of creating a partition wall in clay, and using gel coat resin and then the laminated layers of glass fibre mat.

Some people call it GRP – it’s probably the correct title – but in a workshop here in the UK we almost always call it ‘fibreglassing’.  Sometimes ‘lamming’ (from laminating).  Anyhoo – please do check the video and if you like it, then please like it!

Comments and questions as always welcome pump fresh blood through the blog and keep me on my toes.

Thanks for stopping by!


All material, images and text © Stuart Bray 2012 unless otherwise stated

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5 Responses to Using Fibreglass-Part 1

  1. Elln says:

    I’ve used fiberglass and resin before and bought it from Home Depot. It’s messy and sets up fast so it ruins my brushes and doesn’t brush on smoothly. The fibers get everywhere. Can you recommend a brand and type of fiber and fiberglass cloth and catalyst or kit that is easier to control and less messy when cut? What respirator do you use? Thank you for the vids

  2. Rejikumar says:

    Your mould making video part1
    Was more useful me , thank you
    Sir. I expect more help in this field,

  3. martin worobec says:

    Where did you buy that large block of clay?

  4. Stuart Bray says:

    Hi Maria. Absolutely. Silicone is a great material precisely because if its great release properties so it should cone apart no problems. Just be sure to release the seam between the two haves to make sure the fibreglass doesn’t bond to itself.

  5. Maria Zulueta says:

    Hi Stuart,
    I have never done a polyester resin mould before. My model is I a rubber silicone mould that I applied directly a wooden truck. I would like to make a 2 part mould resin jacket to make it strong. Can I build a jacket resin with layers directly over the silicone rubber like in your video? Would it react different as the model id on silicone rubber instead plaster? Any tips? Thank you for your help.
    Best Regards,
    Maria Zulueta

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