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Old 6th October 2012, 11:49
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Default Protecting / Treating wooden bits?

I was looking at what Gary has done for Nike55 with the wooden bulk head bits and thinking about what I plan to do. I started wondering about how the wood should be protected. I have listed the basic needs I have below but the was wondering how to stop the wood deteriorating once it is in place.

1) I want to paint over the wood so it just looks like the rest of the body so want a smooth finish to it.

2) I need to stick it to the car so there will be bonding paste / sikafix where it touches the edges as glass fibre doesn't like 90 degree joins I have been told.

3) Some of the ply will be thin (6mm or 4mm) and may need one side coating with glass for extra strength and rigidity.

Options for protecting the wood.

a) Glass both sides of each piece of wood so that it is fully encased in glass fibre. Good protection but rough surface finish and cut edges still need protecting

b) Yacht varnish both sides. Good protection and smooth finish but will paint stick to it and will the bonding pastes fix to it?

c) Glass fibre resin only instead of yacht varnish. Not sure of the finish or whether this will work having never used the stuff before.

d) Glass fibre on the side that doesn't show, resin/yacht varnish on the side that does show. gives strength and the visible side remains smooth but do I use resin or varnish for the visible side?

e) Just paint straight on to the wood

My current best guess is D but help and advice from anyone is welcome.

This is for the engine bay and the boot, noth the interior (at the moment)

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