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28002Re: [Michalak] Re: Plywood checking on Brucesboat

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  • Martin Houston
    Jun 22, 2013
      Would say yes, sand it good & glass with epoxy resin & cloth.

      From: joe_mapango <ccurtis-keyword-sailing.6d3753@...>
      To: Michalak@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 3:51 PM
      Subject: [Michalak] Re: Plywood checking on Brucesboat

      There are vastly more knowledgeable persons on the list (but that never stopped me!)

      As far as I know, epoxy encapsulation only has never been claimed to stop checking especially on fur/larch ply. Additionally, Epoxy exposed to UV will degrade and self check within months, or even weeks.

      I really don't think you did anything wrong. I think you just had expectations of epoxy encapsulation that were not lined up with reality. Even on fancy marine ply, you can get checking without glass/epoxy.

      I hope this helps. Don't stop your build. The fact that you were able to even finish your bruceboat makes you a star homebuilder in my book!

      Chris Curtis
      S/V Romany

      --- In mailto:Michalak%40yahoogroups.com, owwin@... wrote:
      > In it's third season of use I noticed for the first time some minor checking on my Brucesboat floor panel. It's been stored upright on the trailer with the transom plug pulled. Some leaves did accumulate and probably held moisture on the floor panels, but with epoxy encapsulation I thought I'd be OK.
      > I used 5-ply 1/2 inch Auroco exterior plywood fully encapsulated in epoxy (but not glassed on the interior) with exposed expoxy coated with a quality porch latex paint.
      > The checking on painted epoxied areas has texture - I can feel the checking on the surface. Inside the motor box I coated with expoxy but didn't paint - no exposure to the sun, I can see the checking through the epoxy coat but I can't feel it on the surface.
      > I'm in the middle of an AF4 build now halted dead in its tracks until I get this sorted.
      > I know many builders get better life from their plywood without the expoxy encapsulation. My boat is more expensive, heavier and less durable!
      > I have 2 primary questions:
      > 1) What did I do wrong? Clearly epoxy encapsulation is not a cure-all for non-marine grade plywoood to be stored exposed to the elements.
      > 2) Can I repair this by sanding into the checked ply(s) and re-epoxying with glass?
      > Brian Nimmo

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