Hey, I'm wondering how much it costs to get fiberglass and resin typically, and what all do I need(excluding little stuff like the paint, foil, tape, brushes and paint mixers, got that around the house)? Just want to make sure, I'm considering trying to fiberglass some kick panels, but don't have a huge amount of $$$ right now.
it varies a lot. over the net it'll cost ya a lot because you have to pay a hazardous materials charge for shipment. I get mine pretty cheap locally but I've got some connections around here to get stuff pretty much at cost.
I heard on one site you can get the stuff around $20 bucks, but that seems really cheap. In most hardware stores, you think it'll be under $75?
I believe you can get it at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc., and a quart with hardener is under $20 bucks. Can't remember though. Depends a lot on how big the project you're doing it and how thick you want to make the panels, a quart may not be enough. You can go to a marina or boat supply shop and get a gallon with hardener much cheaper.
I dont know how much you need, but me and my brother rebuilt our crabbing boat and had to do alot of fiber-glassing and we got 5 gallon jugs for almost 100 dollars but you will prolly not need that much. We got it from a boat manufacturer out here.
yeah I was buying mine in gallon buckets. I forgot to mention that.. then you need hardener, and in my case, I use gel-coat for coloring additive, too. you'll also want materials for things like shaping the base layer for the glass and such.. MDF to cut things like rings for subs etc.
Yeah when I worked at Sound Advice one of the guys made a round fiberglass enclosure for a Kicker 10" Competition. He used a beach ball as a mold, hehe.
It looked pretty retarded but he used the thing to demo the Kickers with anyway.
I've done a bit of fiberglass work on boats and such(built a two man hovercraft) and its fairly straightforward if not messy work. If you do a lot of power sanding in between coats wear a mask(or at least hold your breath like I do) and make sure you wash your clothes BY THEMSELVES if you get covered with the dust unless bein itchy all day at work/school is your idea of fun.
yeah wear a mask, we had to do alot of sanding on old fiber glass and the dust got in my nose and throat and I got sick, like soar throat and stuff. It really sucked. And it really itches your skin. Ahh, brings back memories.