Exterior finish for the woody teardrop
For the exterior finish of the teardrop I stained the wood with Minwax Pecan. We chose this color after staining several scrap pieces of wood with various colors. The birch and pine took stains differently and it was the best match we could come up with. I can’t seem to find the photo from this step…
Next I draped 6oz e-weave fiberglass cloth over the trailer. I used painters tape to hold up the side pieces in place until I got the epoxy on. The epoxy and the fiberglass that i’m using is from US Composites. I’m using their 635 Thin Epoxy with their 2:1 Slow Hardener. Their 2:1 slow is the only one they have that doesn’t blush. It can be found here on their site http://www.uscomposites.com/epoxy.html the fiberglass I’m using can be found here http://www.uscomposites.com/cloth.html
I used a squeegee on the roof and a 6″ foam roller on the sides. On the first coat I used a brush for the sides, but found that cumbersome and slow. Below is what the trailer looked like after that first coat. In total we will have 4 coats of epoxy. This was required to completely fill the fiberglass weave.
After the final coat of epoxy dries I will be using a Spar Urethane over it. The epoxy is not UV stable and needs a protection coat that the urethane will provide.