Reshaping Fiberglass

  1. #1
    asok's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2002
    From
    Indiana
    Posts
    2,707

    Reshaping Fiberglass

    I am working on my new gauntlets and the top and botton are not lining up the way I would like. If I take a heat gun can I heat them enough to reshape them without hurting them?

    Thanks,
    Asok

  2. #2

    Re: Reshaping Fiberglass

    Some people have used heat guns with good results. I have used the Hot tap water to shape them and imediately submersed them in ice cold water to hold the shape.

    I had one that didn't want to keep it's shape and ended up doing the hot/cold water thing again with the part secured to a small coffee can with rubber bands for a week.
    Bend slowly and carefully. Fiberglass can be quite flexible but the gel coat usually isn't quite as forgiving. Stress cracks can result from over flexing.

    Hope that helps.

  3. #3
    Boba Swede's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 2004
    From
    Gothenburgh, Sweden
    Posts
    938

    Re: Reshaping Fiberglass

    I second that..

  4. #4
    asok's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2002
    From
    Indiana
    Posts
    2,707

    Re: Reshaping Fiberglass

    Thanks

  5. #5
    asok's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 2002
    From
    Indiana
    Posts
    2,707

    Re: Reshaping Fiberglass

    Well it worked. The top and bottom of my gauntlets now match. It did not take much heat and the gel coat did not crack.

  6. #6

    Re: Reshaping Fiberglass

    Cool.. Glad i could help.

Similar Threads

  1. Question: How to fiberglass?
    By tooclonecrazy in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Sep 7, 2008, 7:56 PM
  2. Reshaping fibreglass armour
    By Dougie Fett in forum Boba Fett Costume
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Jul 8, 2008, 9:50 AM
  3. Fiberglass
    By MandoMan in forum Prop Building Workshop
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: Sep 17, 2006, 1:28 AM
  4. Visor Reshaping
    By Pooper in forum Jango Fett Costume
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: Jun 25, 2005, 7:13 AM
  5. DP 95 Vinyl reshaping problems
    By Prymer13 in forum Boba Fett Helmet
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: Nov 15, 2004, 8:12 PM
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •