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So my friend just got a new 2011 Jetta and we are starting the build on this car that is only a few weeks old. :clapping:

So in the trunk behind both wheel wells is a space big enough to put an amp on each side so I want to fiberglass a rack in on each side.

The way I was going to do it (or how I fiberglassed in the past) was the cover everything with painters tape, make a mold, and then build off that.

So here is where I need some more experienced minds. How do I keep all the fiberglass and resin from just sliding down to the bottom since it is a semi-vertical surface? Do I let the resin sit and get tacky first?

Any help would be great

Thanks guys,

Dan

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One question, do you plan on foiling on top of the tape? if so then you can do this, apply a light coat of resin on top of the foil, apply the fiberglass mat (not chopped mat, it's just too messy) once it sticks, apply a coat or 2 on the mat (ensuring it is wet thru), then move to the next area. lay about 2-3 layers let dry then remove. the resin is gonna drip no matter what just work from the top to the bottom and let gravity help you out along the way. I hope that answered your question.

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Thanks everyone for replying so fast! Chris do I need to use foil? In the past I only used tape and the resin never penetrated.

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This is why they make lay up resin.

You can spray glue the mat to the tape, then do a first "cold" coat. Let dry, then work as normal.

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This is why they make lay up resin.

You can spray glue the mat to the tape, then do a first "cold" coat. Let dry, then work as normal.

Whoa whoa. So glue the mat on with contact spray or something?

And sorry but what is a cold coat?

Noobie here.

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Yes Spray glue FTW!

You could spray contact cement thru a gun but not really called for...just use this

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This is why they make lay up resin.

You can spray glue the mat to the tape, then do a first "cold" coat. Let dry, then work as normal.

You don't have to, we do at my shop. I have done it that way for years. But as ray has stated you can you use a spray adhesive, spray a light coat, lay your mat and it will stick just the same. When working in other people car, I have done it this way. My method is as follows but please use what works best for you...

Tape off my area

Apply a light coat of spray adhesive to the tape

Apply my foil in strips to the area going to to be glassed (overlapping them or laying them side by side as close as possible for no gaps)

Apply a few coats of wax ( so that the foil peels off easy)

Then I start by either sticking my mat to the foil by using small amounts of resin, then laying the mat on top to stick, or using the spray adhesive make the mat sick then working from top to bottom.

depending on how large the area and how "hot" you mix your resin I can normally get a good area one with one quart size container. But Ray's method work just as well also..

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I know everyone has their own methods for what works for them and thats great. I have use foil 2 times and in the end, I wondered why I used the foil.

Why do YOU use the foil?

My method is like this..... tape the area up vertically overlapping the areas you want your edge to end. Then tape the same area horizontally.

Then wax it a few times.

Apply a thin coat of resin and then add mat. 1.5oz chopped mat is all I recommend.

I suggest 3 - 4 layers of 1.5oz before you pull the mold and then add some after that. If you use less weight mat (box store mat packs are .75oz) then more layers will be needed IMO.

Use a fiberglass roller to push the resin into the mat and get out all the bubbles.

Oh yeah, besure to protect all the surrounding areas with drop cloths/plastic. Resin likes to wander around when you least expect it.

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