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Open & Closed Mold Processes: IN MOLD APPLICATION

Tips & Techniques

Play with different backing colors to change color tones and appearance of the veil.

Apply one layer of clear gel coat to a properly prepared mold surface. The thickness of the gel coat should be approximately 20 mils. Once the gel coat is cured, apply another layer of gelcoat, 15 to 20 mils will suffice. Now your ready to apply the Stealth Veil.  Many manufacturers use rubber squeegees to rub out any air trapped under the veil and the mold surface.  Once the veil in place, wrinkles removed use a detail roller starting in the center of the part moving to the edge of the mold and remove any wrinkles or large air bubbles that may be trapped under the surface of the veil.

Some manufactures using the open mold process once the veil has been applied in the second layer of gelcoat will immediately chop or hand lay their fiberglass behind the veil and then begin rolling out any air.  This does remove a step, but you must make sure all wrinkles have been removed. 

Here is a complete video from start to finish.  

Lastly, assuming your letting the veil cure to tack. You can then proceed with your CSM layers as usual. *NOTE Pigmenting this resin to a cream color or light beige will help maintain the exact color of your veil pattern. Play with different backing colors to change color tones and appearance of the veil.

Stealth Veil is very responsive and has a high degree of elasticity that conforms to most shapes. You can be aggressive with Stealth Veils without worrying about pattern bleed or tearing like other veils. In cases where the mold has difficult shapes or radii, slits or darts may be used.

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