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Fiberglass Cloth

Fiberglass Cloth

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Woven E-glass fabrics are ideal for building epoxy-composite laminates and repairing fiberglass structures along with epoxy. May also be used with epoxy to provide an abrasion-resistant covering for wooden structures. When wet out with epoxy, the 4 and 6 oz fabrics become transparent, allowing a clear, natural wood finish. Perfect for stripper canoes. May be painted or varnished.

Designed for :

  • Durability
  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Impact Resistance
  • Skinning
Product Fabric Weight Single Layer Thickness*
740 Glass Fabric 4 oz .008″
742 Glass Fabric 6 oz .010″

*Average of multiple layers applied by hand lay-up

Laminate thickness dictates laminate stiffness. Matching the thickness of the laminate you’re repairing will generally result in similar stiffness to the part you are repairing.

Fabric Product Number Fabric Weight Per Yard* Mixed Epoxy Needed
740 Glass Fabric 4 oz 1.4 fl. oz.
742 Glass Fabric 6 oz 1.61 fl. oz.

*Includes 15% waste factor. More (or less) may be needed depending on the job and personal application technique. The epoxy is applied at room temperature, approximately 72° F.

Fiberglass repair tips

A typical fiberglass repair in cross-section

This diagram above illustrates how we recommend laminating a repair after the damaged fiberglass has been removed. It is critical that the scarf angle is set at a minimum ratio of 12:1 and that the patch thickness matches the original laminate. Matching the original thickness ensures that the stiffness will be the same as the surrounding area, reducing the chance of a crack around the repair area.

Creating a scarf angle on the original laminate helps in many ways. It provides a substantial amount of surface area for adhesion and acts as a transition zone so that the difference in properties of the new and original laminate are not concentrated at one point. We suggest a minimum 12:1 scarf ratio between the length of the scarf and the laminate thickness. This ratio applies to both skins when repairing a cored laminate.

—Excerpted from Common Errors in Fiberglass Repair by Jeff Wright, Epoxyworks 38

Beveling Fiberglass in a Transom Repair

The fiberglass thickness determines the bevel length, which is also the distance from the corner to the location of the cuts for removing the fiberglass skin. As mentioned, the cut line will be located to allow the outer edge of the bevel to end before the corner of the transom. The distance of the cut line (and the bevel) back from the corner is 12 times the fiberglass thickness.

A 12-to-1 bevel allows room for multiple layers of fiberglass fabric and epoxy across the cut line to restore strength to the fiberglass skin. If the fiberglass skin is 1/8″ thick, the width of the bevel will be at least 1 ½” long. If the fiberglass is ¼” thick, the cut line will need to be at least 3″ in from the edge of the perimeter to allow for a 3″ bevel. If the original fiberglass skin is reused, the same bevel will eventually be required on each side of the cut after the skin is rebonded to the new core.

Layout the cut line the required distance from the edge of the transom. Remember to measure from the end of the rounded corners where they blend into the flat transom surface.—Excerpted from Repairing Fiberglass Powerboat Transoms by Tom Pawlak, Epoxyworks.

Estimating Epoxy Amounts

This formula will help you when estimating the amount of mixed epoxy needed to wet out fiberglass cloth (assuming a resin-to-fiber ratio of 50:50) and apply three rolled epoxy coats to fill the weave of the cloth, i.e. “fill coats.” The formula includes a waste factor of approximately 15%; however, more (or less) may be needed depending on the job and personal application technique. The epoxy is applied at standard room temperature, approximately 72° F.

Gallons of mixed epoxy=A× [(Wf×0.00085)+0.0075]

A=Total area covered by fiberglass. Units are in square feet (ft2)
Wf =Total weight (W) per square yard of fiberglass (f) cloth used in laminate. Units are in ounces per square yard (oz/yd2), i.e. 6 oz fiberglass cloth weighs 6 oz/yd2.

Let’s use the Optimist pram as an example:


Bow: 322 in2 Transom : 507 in2 Side×2:3784 in2 Bottom:3444 in2 Total sq in: 8057 in2
  ÷ 144 Total outside sq ft: 56 ft2


  • The INSIDE is covered with 6 oz fabric and three fill coats. The bow box is covered with 6 oz fabric on one side only.
Bow: 322 in2 Bow box: 720 in2 Transom:507 in2 Side×2:3784 in2 Bottom:3444 in2
Total sq in: 8777 in2 ÷ 144 Total inside sq ft: 61 ft2
  • Outside calculation 56 ft2 [(12 oz/yd2 × 0.00085) + 0.0075] = 0.99 gal
  • Inside calculation61 ft2 [(6 oz/yd2 × 0.00085) + 0.0075] = 0.77 gal

Total 1.76 gal mixed epoxy

Note: a Group Size B 105 Epoxy resin and hardener makes 1.2 or 1.3 gal of mixed epoxy depending on which hardener. —From “Estimating Epoxy Amounts” by Bruce Niederer, Epoxyworks #18


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