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ra4u2nv
06-27-2005, 06:20 PM
Hey guys need your help. I am going to try to make my first fiberglass enclosure this weekend, but I have a question. I went to a shop to buy everything and the guy asked me if I wanted the ffiberglass Cloth and fiberglass matt. The guys says the cloth is easier to work with and cleaner. What do you guys think
thanks
rick

ss3079
06-27-2005, 06:23 PM
I find the cloth easier to work with as well.

I alternate the layers ... cloth, matt, cloth, matt and so on and so forth.

skeptikal
06-27-2005, 06:23 PM
i dont think the cloth is as thick as mat. I could be wrong but that may be the only other difference

nosaj070
06-27-2005, 06:24 PM
Depending on what you are doing one may make it a bit easier. If you are free forming somewhat mat would be the better choice. I would get some of both.

BeanII
06-27-2005, 10:58 PM
I wouldn't alternate, I would do 5 or six layers of mat, then one layer of cloth. The cloth finishes smoother therefore making your bono work easier. Also the biggest pieces you can, I don't recommend the small strips.

Chevyaudio
06-29-2005, 12:02 PM
^Agree, Do a good 5-8 layers of matt and then a final layer of cloth,

ruckus
06-29-2005, 01:13 PM
I would use mat for boxes and cloth for dash pieces like they said cloth finishes smoother. but mat is easier to free form. Im actually using mat for my speaker pods and im gonna use cloth for my dashboard cover.

bigred78797
06-29-2005, 03:16 PM
MAT MAT MAT CLOTH MAT MAT CLOTH MAT CLOTH... Thats what i used for my enclosure... but im running high pressures so i wanted to make sure.. like they all said Cloth makes things easier to finish off however a single layer of cloth is much easier to bend than a single layer of mat in my experience but it won't break apart like that matting will when bent beyond it's limits... Of cours a sub enclosure shouldn't bend. But that's just what ive seen and i **** at fiberglassing.

AznRevlAzn
06-29-2005, 03:18 PM
i actually bought 4 square yards of Fleece this morning. IMO, the fleece is better, stretches, holds more resin. Fleece for life.

nametaken
06-30-2005, 02:51 AM
i actually bought 4 square yards of Fleece this morning. IMO, the fleece is better, stretches, holds more resin. Fleece for life.


The Fiberglass is the strength of the combination. the resin just holds it together. If your making a sub enclosure out of fleece and resin it wont hold up well under pressure.

BeanII
06-30-2005, 09:15 AM
The Fiberglass is the strength of the combination. the resin just holds it together. If your making a sub enclosure out of fleece and resin it wont hold up well under pressure.


:word:

mobileaudio219
06-30-2005, 10:58 AM
The Fiberglass is the strength of the combination. the resin just holds it together. If your making a sub enclosure out of fleece and resin it wont hold up well under pressure.

Well you would just use the fleece to make the general shape, then you would lay 5-6 layers of mat over that....

TPABlazer
06-30-2005, 11:39 AM
Well you would just use the fleece to make the general shape, then you would lay 5-6 layers of mat over that....

Yeah, thats common practice, but the other guy sounded like he was JUST using fleece

bigred78797
06-30-2005, 01:02 PM
I never use fleece or fabric... only LOADS and LOADS of masking tape :naughty:

Really i do.

RFmustang
07-01-2005, 09:19 PM
i think that cloth is much weaker but it is smoother, do a search and you 'll find many opinions on this. i had the same question a week ago and found out about this stuff thats biaxial matt/cloth. check it out

ss3079
07-01-2005, 09:40 PM
biaxial matt/cloth. check it out

x2 ... good stuff. Little bit more expensive at some stores, but it builds up quick and is strong.

ra4u2nv
07-01-2005, 09:54 PM
I went to a local wal-mart and purchased a fabric that is stretchy but the inside part of it is like fleece. I bought this instead of all fleece because it stretches a lot more. Will it work. It is king of like fleece wrapped with t-shirt fabric. What do you guys think? I hope it works. Good price @ clearance $1 a yard

ss3079
07-01-2005, 09:55 PM
So long as it absorbs the resin.

You'll find out in a hurry. Just make sure to soak it all the way through - it'll take quite a bit of resin.

ra4u2nv
07-01-2005, 09:58 PM
I just soak it in with the brush right

ss3079
07-01-2005, 10:00 PM
You bet ... saturate it.