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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 01-07-2008, 03:41 PM   #11
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Resin will eat through the foam, thats why Scraps mentioned covering your foam mould with alluminum foil before you lay the fiberglass on.

Another tip: If you get pieces of foam you can use aerosol glue (3M makes some) you can get at a hardware or craft store.

You can use foam insulation - try lowes/home depot, or the green flower arrangement foam - try your local craft store

Expect your first try to be very frustrating and time consuming, but in the end its worth it.

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 01-17-2008, 10:55 AM   #12
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Dont let it bother ya if it does not come out right the 1st time. Its taken me 2 tries to get the tail shape I want & I'm still not happy with it. So back to the foam for the shape. Btw i simply coated the foam with a metal tape i found at home depot. Stuff is great. Though if your going for a really complex shape you will want to use painters tape so you call pull the fiber glass off the mold. Just my 2 cents!
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yeah for the last few days i have been planning the shape out in my head, i am going to go with the wood and mesh screen...i am scared i would mess up to bad with the foam...and maybe wrap that in some sort of tape...but i want to do it a piece at a time...the shape i am trying to do is a mix between 2 tails i have seen on this site and another...so i just came up with a drawing of it and cutting pieces from wood. i figure i make pieces instead of 1 giant piece. and just put it all together...considering this is my first time.
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Fiberglass isn't terrible to use if you do a bit of pre planning. The tough part is it's a material you have to work fast with. Basicly, you have to be thinking 3 steps ahead of yourself. Foam is a good idea for a mould. Preping it for the plug is the biggest part. You don't want your actual piece to stick to it. I've had good luck with wraping the plug in aluminum foil and spraying it with PAM cooking spray to act as a release agent. This is the cheap and dirty way of doing it.

The wood buck idea works to if you have a good idea of your shape. This is one of the better sites I've run across that deal with wood buck making

http://www.designbikes.de/Hoecker_e.htm

He actually filled the buck with foam but you could pick up a roll of modeling screen or a very flexible fine mesh screen from the hardware store and wrap the buck with that as well. The vacume process isn't nesseccary. Just try and get it as flat as possible when you're spreading your resin. worst case, you can always sand out bubbles and add another layer or patch and fill later.
Good link. Vacuum bagging was necessary for his project, for two reasons.
1. he was having glass bend around complex shapes.
2. He was using Carbon Fiber to make his part, where a perfect finish is wanted right out of the mold.

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