Fillers are added to resins and gel coats for specific flow characteristics and to extend volume.
AEROSIL: Aerated silica particles used to thicken resin for glue applications and to prevent sagging on vertical surfaces. It will not reduce tensile strength. It is light and fluffy, but difficult to mix.
CHOPPED FIBERS: Fiberglass strands ½” long for strengthening a resin mix or add to putty. It makes a coarse mixture that will trap air bubbles if not properly applied.
|FLCF-LB||1/2" Chopped Fiberglass||1 LB<||SHOP|
|1/2" Chopped Fiberglass||5 LB||SHOP|
|1/2" Chopped Fiberglass||30 LB||SHOP|
DECK DUST: A fine acrylic powder used to make a non-skid surface on windsurfers and possibly boat decks. Because of the small particle size, the liquid medium must be a thinned paint or finish resin.
|FLDD-LB_01||Non-Skid Deck Dust||1 LB||SHOP|
|Non-Skid Deck Dust||5 LB||SHOP|
|Non-Skid Deck Dust||50 LB||SHOP|
GLASS BUBBLES: Lightweight glass microspheres for high build rough faring and filling operations. Easier to control gel time and sand than body filler, but will leave a porous surface that must be primered. In very thick (5”) lay-ups, it disperses heat well to reduce cracking and shrinkage. It is superior in strength and workability to body filler, especially when mixed with epoxy resin systems.
|FLGB-K25_01LB||Glass Bubbles||1 LB||SHOP|
|Glass Bubbles||5 LB||SHOP|
|FLGB-K25_80LB||Glass Bubbles||80 LB||SHOP|
MICROBALLOONS (brown plastic microspheres): A lightweight thickener for fairing. It is similar to Q-cel, except it is easier to sand and is more expensive. It will not prevent sagging, and it also reduces tensile strength. Both this and Q-cel can be mixed with aerosil or thiksil to prevent sagging.
|FLMB-02||Brown Microballoons||Quart (4 oz)||SHOP|
|FLMB-LB_01||Brown Microballoons||1 LB||SHOP|
|FLMB-LB_08||Brown Microballoons||8 LB||SHOP|
|FLMB-LB_30||Brown Microballoons||26.5 LB||SHOP|
MICROCELL: Very light easy sanding fairing material.
|FLMC-LB02||Microcell||Quart (2 oz)||SHOP|
MILLED FIBERS: Finely chopped fiberglass fibers that mix with resin to form a jelly-like paste with maximum strength. It does not lay on smoothly and is difficult to sand.
|FLMF-1_32||Milled Fibers||1 LB||SHOP|
|FLMF-LB50||Milled Fibers||50 LB||SHOP|
Q-CEL (quartz microspheres): A low cost lightweight white resin thickener for fairing and filling compounds. It is a little more difficult to sand than microballoons as quartz is a hard material, and it will not prevent resin sagging on vertical surfaces and should not be used for glue as it reduces tensile strength. It is commonly used for patching surfboards because of its light weight.
|FLQC-02||Q-Cel||Quart (4 oz)||SHOP|
THIKSIL: Silica particles similar to aerosil except that they are heavier and easier to mix. Both aerosil and thiksil are solid particles that soak up resin and are therefore heavy. It helps reduce sagging on a vertical surface and is easy to mix.
|FLTS-02||Thiksil||Quart (4 oz)||SHOP|
*Prices subject to change without notice.
Various Fiberglass Hawaii Fillers may be combined for different purposes, such as adding aerosil to microballoons to prevent sagging on vertical surfaces. These fillers may be used with both polyester and epoxy resins