Fairing refers to the filling and shaping of low areas so
they blend with the surrounding surfaces and appear "fair" to the eye and touch.
After major structural assembly has been completed, final fairing can be easily
accomplished with West System epoxy and low-density fillers.
1. Prepare the surface as you would for
bonding. Sand smooth any bumps or ridges on the surface and remove all dust from the area
to be faired.
2. Wet out porous surfaces with unthickened epoxy (Figure 21).
3. Mix resin/hardener and 407 Low-Density or 410 Microlight(TM) filler to a peanut butter
consistency. The thicker the mixture, the easier it will be to sand when cured.
4. Trowel on the thickened epoxy mixture with a plastic squeegee, working it into all
voids and depressions. Smooth the mixture to the desired shape, leaving the mixture
slightly higher than the surrounding area (Figure 22). Remove any excess thickened epoxy
before it cures. If the voids you are filling are over 1/2" deep, apply the mixture
in several applications or use 206 Slow Hardener or 209 Tropical Hardener, depending on
Note: On vertical and overhead surfaces, allow the wet-out coat to gel before applying
fairing compound. The fairing compound may sag or slide off the fresh wet-out coat. Apply
the fairing compound while the wet-out is still in the gel stage.
5. Allow the final thickened epoxy application to cure
6. Sand the fairing material to blend with the surrounding contour (Figure 23). Begin with
50-grit sandpaper if you have a lot of fairing material to remove. Use 80-grit paper on
the appropriate sanding block when you are close to the final contour. CAUTION! Don't
forget your dust mask. Remove the sanding dust and fill any remaining voids following the
7. Apply several coats of resin/hardener to the area with a disposable brush or roller
after you are satisfied with the fairness. Allow the final coat to cure thoroughly before
final sanding and finishing.