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    Nov 27, 2005, 4:04 PM - Reshaping Fiberglass #1

    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
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    Nov 27, 2005, 5:26 PM - Re: Reshaping Fiberglass #2

    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.
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    Nov 28, 2005, 2:54 PM - Re: Reshaping Fiberglass #3

    I second that..
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    Nov 28, 2005, 6:48 PM - Re: Reshaping Fiberglass #4

    Thanks
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    Dec 3, 2005, 5:19 PM - Re: Reshaping Fiberglass #5

    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.
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    Dec 3, 2005, 6:09 PM - Re: Reshaping Fiberglass #6

    Cool.. Glad i could help.

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