Glitterflake is commonly used to repair damaged bass boats or to give any project some extra shine. Choose from silver, gold, red, or blue Glitterflake, and add to a clear, high-gloss gel coat, like our #180, for a surface layer that grabs the light.
Glitterflake delivers best results when used as one of three layers: at its base, a layer of gel coat with pigment to conceal reinforcement below; a layer of Glitterflake mixed with clear marine gel coat; and, a protective layer of clear gel coat at the surface of your part. Apply layers in this order for boat repair, for example, and opposite when applied in-mold.
Glitterflake, also known as glitter or flake additive, is a decorative material that can be used to add sparkle and visual appeal to composite materials. Here is some information about using glitterflake in composites:
- Selection: Fibre Glast's glitterflake is specifically designed for use in composites and can withstand the curing and handling processes.
- Mixing: Glitterflake is typically added to the resin system during the mixing process. Follow the instructions for the recommended amount of glitterflake to be added. The exact amount may vary based on the desired level of sparkle and the size of the composite part.
- Homogeneous Distribution: To achieve an even distribution of glitterflake, it is important to mix it thoroughly into the resin. Use a mechanical mixer or stir the mixture vigorously to ensure the glitterflake is evenly dispersed. Pay attention to scraping the sides and bottom of the mixing container to incorporate all the glitterflake particles.
- Application: Apply the glitterflake-infused resin as you would normally apply the resin for your specific composite application. Follow the standard techniques and processes, such as hand layup, infusion, or casting, depending on your project requirements.
- Curing: The curing process for composites with glitterflake is the same as for regular composite materials. Follow the recommended curing temperature and time specified by the resin being used. The glitterflake should be able to withstand the curing process without losing its sparkle or degrading.
- Finishing: After the composite part has cured, it can be finished and polished to enhance the appearance of the glitterflake. Sanding, buffing, and polishing techniques can be used to achieve the desired level of shine and smoothness.
It is important to note that the use of glitterflake or glitter flake in composites is primarily for aesthetic purposes and does not significantly affect the mechanical properties or performance of the composite material.
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