Fairing 101

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Fairing 101

Postby Northeast Quacker » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:16 pm

Getting ready finally to build a DH.i have 2 questions

1. What is fairing? My search and interpretation is smoothing out the rough spots and filling small gaps

2. What exactly do you use for fairing . Is there a compound on the market ?

Thanks guys
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Re: Fairing 101

Postby beekeeper » Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:05 am

Fairing is filling low spots with material and then sanding the excess off to create a "fair" surface. I have faired scarf joints in plywood to make the two pieces level and smooth (fair). After the paint is applied the joint is not noticeable. I used epoxy and wood flower (sanding dust from my sander).
Here is a link to a fairing filler that might work better (401 microlite). http://www.shopmaninc.com/westfillers.html
I have not used it myself. Some strip builders fair the whole hull for a very smooth finish.

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Re: Fairing 101

Postby NCSUDucker » Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:58 am

Exactly what bee said. I will add that I have used micro balloons for a few things. They create a filler that is awesome to sand but from what I have read they are not to be used below the water line.

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Re: Fairing 101

Postby trumblee24 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:36 am

Instead of using a wood flower and epoxy, would a wood compound (3M Wood Filler) work the same?
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Re: Fairing 101

Postby NCSUDucker » Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:14 pm

trumblee24 wrote:Instead of using a wood flower and epoxy, would a wood compound (3M Wood Filler) work the same?


I would not, off the shelf wood fillers are not truly waterproof. Epoxy mixed with wood floor is waterproof and stronger than the surrounding wood to boot.

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