Basic Techniques

Fairing

Fairing

Fairing refers to the filling of low areas and the shaping and smoothing of a surface to blend with the surrounding areas and appear “fair” to the eye and touch. After major structural assembly has been completed, final fairing can be easily accomplished with WEST SYSTEM epoxy and low-density fillers.

Step

1

Prepare the surface as you would for bonding (Surface Preparation).

Sand smooth any bumps or ridges on the surface and remove all dust from the area to be faired.

Step

2

Wet out porous surfaces with unthickened epoxy.

Step

3

Mix resin/hardener and 410 MicrolightTM filler to a peanut butter consistency. The thicker the mixture, the easier it will be to sand when cured.

Step

4

Trowel on the thickened epoxy mixture with a plastic spreader, working it into all voids and depressions. Smooth the mixture to the desired shape, leaving the mixture slightly higher than the surrounding area. Remove any excess thickened epoxy before it cures. If the voids you are filling are over 12.7mm deep, apply the mixture in several applications or use 206 Slow Hardener or 209 Extra Slow Hardener, depending on ambient temperature. Note: On vertical and overhead surfaces, allow the wet-out coat to gel before applying fairing compound. The fairing compound may sag or slide off the fresh wet-out coat. Apply the fairing compound while the wet-out is still tacky.

Step

5

Allow the final thickened epoxy application to cure thoroughly.

Step

6

Sand the fairing material to blend with surrounding contour. Begin with 50-grit sandpaper if you have a lot of fairing material to remove. Use 80-grit paper on the appropriate sanding block when you are close to the final contour. CAUTION! Don’t forget your dust mask. Remove the sanding dust and fill any remaining voids following the same procedure.

Step

7

Apply several coats of resin/hardener to the area with a disposable brush or roller after you are satisfied with the fairness. Allow the final coat to cure thoroughly before final sanding and finishing.

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