1. TLobe00's Avatar
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    Jan 10, 2012, 10:07 AM - Fiberglass and it's woes #1

    I have been finishing my Asok CC fiberglass Jango helmet and had a couple questions about fiberglass.

    1. I have been getting tiny fibers while working with the helmet. What are the best ways to remove these from the skin?

    2. Is there a way to "seal" the fiberglass? It seems to have been mixed with the resin hardener, but I think the fibers are coming from the edges where I have trimmed.

    3. If I leave it the way it is, will I be getting fibers all in my hair whilest wearing this lovely bad boy of a helmet?

    Thanks for your response(s)
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  3. Jan 10, 2012, 12:34 PM - Re: Fiberglass and it's woes #2

    Are you 100% sure its fiberglass? I dont recall ASOK making fiberglass buckets. Just cold cast.

    That said, if indeed it is fiberglass, if its done correctly the fiber should be saturated with the polyester resin and you should not have actuall fiberglass fibers at all. If you do have that you can get fiberglass resin and brush it on anywhere they are exposed. A finished helmet shouldnt have any fibers coming off it.
  4. TLobe00's Avatar
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    Jan 10, 2012, 1:00 PM - Re: Fiberglass and it's woes #3

    Yes, it is indeed fiberglass... I have the two fiberglass CC Jangos he did

    The fibers aren't exposed inside the helmet (as near as I can tell), they have been saturated in resin... the problem I think I am encountering is where I cut the visor, flashing, and keyholes out... whenever I work with the helmet I seem to get fibers in my hands (I believe from handling the bottom where the flashing was cut off)

    I just wasn't sure if there was a way to seal the bottom and "exposed" areas that I cut.
  5. stormtrooperguy's Avatar
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    Jan 10, 2012, 1:48 PM - Re: Fiberglass and it's woes #4

    Are you just talking about fiberglass splinters? That's a byproduct of cutting things out... it releases tiny shards of glass that leave itchy irritation.

    I generally avoid fiberglass stuff if I can help it, but when I have used it, I've just washed it really well when I'm done cutting and made sure to seal everything up inside and out with a good coat of paint.
  6. Stormrider's Avatar
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    Jan 10, 2012, 1:52 PM - Re: Fiberglass and it's woes #5

    after you sand, wash and use some masking tape wrapped around your hands and dab everything. itll get any pieces that were partially embedded out.
  7. Member Since
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    Jan 10, 2012, 9:35 PM - #6

    Here is a hint. Use latex gloves or coat your hands in talc when working with it to keep it from getting in your skin. As far as the fibers already in your skin don't wash with warm water as that will open your pores letting it go in deeper. Use cold water and soap. It will go away in a day or 2.
  8. Jan 10, 2012, 9:44 PM - Re: Fiberglass and it's woes #7

    all good advice!
  9. TLobe00's Avatar
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    Jan 10, 2012, 10:18 PM - Re: Fiberglass and it's woes #8

    I tried using the masking tape method (duct tape instead)... it seems to have worked pretty good... albeit I lost some arm hair too, lol.

    I will try using some hardening resin slightly around the rim of the helmet (bottom part) and see if that takes care of it... I obviously don't want to glob it on there since the helmet is already painted and ready to go

    Thanks everyone for the advice

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