How To: Vacuum bagging made simple with WEST SYSTEM epoxy
In this 8-page article on Sailing Today, our very own David Johnson shows that laminating using vacuum bagging is well within the reach of the reasonably skilled DIY’er.
Starting with a second-hand laminated wooden centreboard from a Fireball dinghy, David uses the vacuum bagging process to create a strong rudder blade for a Swift 18.
He uses a range of WEST SYSTEM® products including WEST SYSTEM G/5® five-minute epoxy for attaching a temporary softwood extension, WEST SYSTEM 207 Special Coating Hardener® for rolling onto a foil and WEST SYSTEM Six10® Thickened Epoxy Adhesive for sheathing a foil. Not to mention the Vacuum Bagging Starter Kit, of course!
Follow the creation of the laminated rudder blade from preparing the workspace to applying the final finish here: Vacuum bagging | Sailing Today.