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How I made my K2 Telephone Box
Author: Les Kenny; Editor: Maree Anderson
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Step 1.7. Fiberglass

For our first venture into fiberglassing we found it a very easy craft to master, or at least within the realms of our requirements.

We used an epoxy resin and some fiberglass cloth. It basically entailed brushing on a coat of epoxy resin, laying a fiberglass cloth over that, and then brushing another coat of epoxy resin over that.

Important! When doing this, ensure that appropriate clothing is worn along with good gloves and a suitable breathing mask.

epoxy resin being poured onto the work area This is our account of proceedings
The resin and hardener were mixed to the ratios stated on the bottles - different brands have different ratios. The amount used for the first coat was approximately 200ml (1/3 of a pint) including the hardener.
That lot was then poured on top of the dome and brushed all over. A bit like painting.

Note: Mixing the epoxy resin in a wider type container and having a quick pour, avoids a mass of catalysed resin exotherming (in plain English, getting very hot). Although with the little amount we used that wasn't really going to be a great problem.

epoxy resin being brushed over the work ares a cover sheet of fiberglass cloth over the first coat of epoxy resin

Once the epoxy resin was spread over the working surface, we lay a covering sheet of 100gm (3½ ounce) weave fiberglass cloth over the top of it.
Note: You can either lay the fiberglass cloth over the epoxy resin directly after application, or you can wait till the epoxy resin has dried to the touch - maybe three or four hours later. The latter makes it a little easier to spread the cloth, the former gets the job over and done with.

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