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Forum topic by SpottedGum posted 04-10-2018 10:25 AM 513 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SpottedGum

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04-10-2018 10:25 AM

I recently built a WRC cedar kayak. During construction every now and then I would wet the kayak timber down with a wet cloth to admire the colouring. But when I epoxied/fiberglass the kayak the timber colour darkened considerably.

As I want to build another kayak does anyone know how to prevent the darkening of the timber during the fiberglass stage – like a pre coat product or similar


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Aj2

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 01:47 PM

To prevent darkening don’t put epoxy on it. :^)

-- Aj

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 02:20 PM

What epoxy did you use? If you are using West Systems, the 207 hardener is going to cure the clearest. Some sort of UV topcoat may be needed as well to protect the color. Around here the West Sytems distributors are very knowledgable. I would check with them in your area. I don’t know a lot about other marine grade epoxies other than they exist.

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#3 posted 04-10-2018 04:10 PM

Wow, that’s weird. Usually the wood darkens with epoxy the same as with water. Was the epoxy noticeably dark, possibly due to age? Were there any additives? @RobHannon is spot on with 207 being the clearest epoxy you’ll be able to find.

One thing you might consider is some sort of sanding sealer on the cedar prior to epoxy, but I would definitely ask on a cedar strip forum to make sure that doesn’t interfere with the bonding of the epoxy. For me, I’d be more concerned about making it waterproof than a darker color. A lot of woods will get darker with age anyway.

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#4 posted 04-12-2018 05:40 AM

Mine darkened somewhat, but mostly the colors just just stood out loud and clear. We used MAS and West Systems epoxy; seemed the same clarity to us. I think more darkening happened with the spar varnish than the epoxy, but I have no test pieces to verify that.

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#5 posted 04-12-2018 11:40 AM

Spotted – can you post some photos of your sample boards
as well as what other products you are using ??
it is hard to envision your issues just from the descriptions.

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 05:13 AM

If you want the epoxy to adhere, I wouldn’t put any kind of sealer on it. AJ may have been facetious when he suggested not using epoxy, but then you can’t fiberglass it. And no, don’t even think about polyester resin. It has crappy adhesion to wood, and will soon delaminate.

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