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How do you apply gel coat? I've seen videos of it being painted on. Does it self level so there are no brush streaks?

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Re: Gel Coat


not in my experience - then again products like that don't necessarily come in uniform consistencies
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Re: Gel Coat


In my experience, some gel coats self-level, some don't. I can't recall brand names as I have worked with a lot more epoxy. You would probably find yourself doing some sanding anyway as a few air bubbles can form and pop during the cure. Making certain that you don't work beyond the working time will also help with brush marks and air bubbles.
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Re: Gel Coat


Thanks for the info. I thought all masks had the fiberglass or Kevlar layers, then a white gold coat was applied, thus having a white mask.

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nope.
Usually (meaning, NOT ALWAYS) gelcoat is used in a negative mold, or on a plug as the FIRST step in the process. Once it is close to being fully cured, fiberglass and resin are applied on top of the gelcoat.

Of course there are always exceptions, but the above is the rule.

You should refer to boat-building videos on Youtube to help your understanding.

Also, gelcoat will add weight to whatever you are building. Masks need to be as light as possible. PLUS - gelcoat does not like to be drilled and sanded, it tends to crack and fray so it is far from ideal for anything that will require modification to its surface.
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That clears that up. I can't recall the last time I had ever used one. Apparently, I must have huffed a few fumes because now I do recall gel coat being painted onto the mould or plug. I always thought gel coat was used mainly on car body parts and motorcycle body parts and not so much on masques.

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Thanks Montrealer, great info. I'm just a guy who likes to Frankenstein my own equipment, Ben doing is since the early 70's. I love tinkering with stuff,. Now I want to play around with making a few masks for my game room. Nothing fancy or game ready, just a few Higgins or Harrison types. Something to hang on my wall. I can build a mold of my head, face, clay it up to get the desired shape, I just can't get the layup right, it's a sticky mess. I respect that this is an art and a tightly guarded secret on how it's done, I just wish there were a video or two to watch the process from A to B. I'm such a vintage gear geek I could spend hours watching it done. I just respect it and love the he'll out of mask making.

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