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I want to use fiberglass tape to seal the edges and seams in my plywood boat. Is it "self adhesive" or do I need to "paint" it with something? Saw a video on in-line but it just showed them rolling out the tape over the seam and then painting it with marine paint later... thanks, Tony

Asked on 02/24/2013 by tony breda

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Tony, The fiberglass will need to be wet out with epoxy. "tape" just refers to its rolled up nature. Look for a description of wetting out fiberglass to understand the details. sam

Answered on 02/26/2013 by SAM DUKET
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No it is not self adhesive. You need to use a fiberglass resin with it.

Answered on 02/26/2013 by ROBERT SNYDER


you need to coat bottom with fiberglass resin and then coat on top once placed. It is not self-adhesive.

Answered on 02/26/2013 by MICHAEL HEICHER


I'd recommend epoxying it in place before you paint. I recently use some of this tape to reinfore the turn of bilge on my sons' older fiberglass canoe with great satisfaction. I've also used the same process on the rather hard chine on a couple of plywood kit boats. But, keep it straight. The edges will show after you paint and you want them to be straight. Once you wet out the tape with epoxy you can straighten the edges with your applicator brush. Paul B

Answered on 02/27/2013 by PAUL SHAY


No, it is not self adhesive. You have to saturate it with fiberglass resin as you apply it. The inside edges of your boat will have to be radiused, usually with a filled resin. I am an epoxy resin guy, and use West System products, but there are other options. West offers a boat building manual that is free (WEST SYSTEM User Manual - 002-950, available from Jamestown). The outside edges of your boat will also have to be radiused before applying the tape. The tape is just the glass part of GRP (glass reinforced plastic) and is the structural part of the resulting "composite" glass/plastic material. After the tape (and resin) cure, you have to then fill and fair the rough surface and sand it smooth before painting. I strongly recommend that you get the West System manual and read up on what your doing. It sounds like you don't realize what your getting into. Lots of work with protective equipment, but also a lot of "fun" if you have the right mindset. Good luck!!

Answered on 02/27/2013 by JAMES MOORE


Tony, The fiberglass tape is not self-adhesive. It is simply a roll of fiberglass cloth, with the edges woven so they won't fray--making it tape. To apply to wood, you will need to saturate the tape in a resin like polyester or epoxy. For adhesion to plywood, epoxy would be the most effective. Good luck.

Answered on 02/26/2013 by AMES CONANT


Hi, It's not a tape, they call it tape for it shape. Fiberglass tape should be used with Epoxy. You can folow any epoxy system. What i would do in your case : Apply epoxy on the edges Apply the fiberglass, epoxy again. sand the epoxy apply a primer apply your boat paint. JL

Answered on 02/26/2013 by JEAN-LUC GERONIMI
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