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Have a project that I want to do soon. Need some help finding the best places to buy glass, resin and core.

Places I have looked so far: US Composites, Fiberglass Florida, Merritt Supply and Jamestown Distributors.

Thanks for any help!
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Used Jamestown for Malibu rebuild, highly satisfied with price, quality of “Total Boat”, and shipping!
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Close proximity to your location will help save on shipping. The stuff ain't light. I used Merton's fiberglass and he helped me out. Most distributors are not manufacturing the product. They buy a drum of resin or gel coat and dispense it into smaller containers to sell at a profit. Ask them who their suppliers are and what is the country of origin for the fiberglass products. I bought from a local company here and the Chinese 1708 fabric was crap. Tows were missing and the stitching would come loose when the glass wet out. It was a nightmare. Better off paying a little extra for quality materials.
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I am in Eastern NC
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Originally Posted by NCBrewWater View Post
I am in Eastern NC
Comp one, Paxton Paxton and Bluewater Supply are the three wholesalers in this area that run trucks regularly. They each have different minimums and somewhat different inventory so it's worth calling all three.
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Eastern Burlap in Norfolk,VA. Wide selection of fabrics, resins, and coring material, plus excellent staff to help with any questions. I have purchased materials from them for over 30 years.
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Originally Posted by bills106 View Post
Comp one, Paxton Paxton and Bluewater Supply are the three wholesalers in this area that run trucks regularly. They each have different minimums and somewhat different inventory so it's worth calling all three.
Bills,

What are good priced alternatives to west system epoxy? I know I have seen a thread around here discussing this but cannot find it.
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I built a coffin box with stuff from US Composites and was happy with their stuff and service. I think I went through about 9 gallons of resin.
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Originally Posted by NCBrewWater View Post
Bills,

What are good priced alternatives to west system epoxy? I know I have seen a thread around here discussing this but cannot find it.
Raka resin. Good product. Very cheap.

Also Marinepoxy. Bateau2.com or boatbuilders central.com
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Talk to the boys at Barbour's in Beaufort. They cater to the trade and pricing is always good. Good chance they have what you are looking for in stock or can get it next day. 252-728-2136
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us composit that's all you need to know
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ebond epoxy best priced epoxy by far..used on my rebuild
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https://www.fgci.com/products
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Originally Posted by NCBrewWater View Post
Bills,

What are good priced alternatives to west system epoxy? I know I have seen a thread around here discussing this but cannot find it.
There are some slightly cheaper epoxies out there but I dont see the logic in possibly compromising the single most important material in fiberglass construction, the one that holds it all together.

If cost savings is the main concern (and the job permits it) vinylester and polyester resins are orders of magnitude cheaper. Virtually all builders i know of around here are using either WEST or CPD (Endurance Technologies who now also owns MAS) products in their builds.
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Originally Posted by RingerSwivels View Post
ebond epoxy best priced epoxy by far..used on my rebuild
I’ll second Ebond, I’ve been using for a couple of years and it is great stuff. If you get it through Merritt it’s about $38 for a full gallon of resin, and $32 for a full gallon of hardener. It’s a 2:1 mix, so you can end up with a total of 2 gallons for a little over $100.
You may end up paying more due to shipping if no one stocks it up there.
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Eastern Burlap in Norfolk,VA. Wide selection of fabrics, resins, and coring material, plus excellent staff to help with any questions. I have purchased materials from them for over 30 years.
X2. Eastern Burlap probably saved me thousands on my rebuild. Should not be too far of a hike for you.

Order and ship simple stuff from Jamestown/ebay and amazon. Get a 1 year premium Jamestown account for free shipping and it will pay for itself in maybe 3-4 orders. Order stuff online that aint worth the trip to norfolk
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Originally Posted by NCBrewWater View Post
Have a project that I want to do soon. Need some help finding the best places to buy glass, resin and core.

Places I have looked so far: US Composites, Fiberglass Florida, Merritt Supply and Jamestown Distributors.

Thanks for any help!
Ive used US composites and they are great but there is a lot to be gained by dealing with a local shop if you need advice they are usually very helpful.
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Seconds to mertons fiberglass in springfield Massachusetts. He is very knowledgeable. Good luck.
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Second FGCI. They treat us right and very easy to deal with.
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Depends where you live. I buy all mine from Fiber Glass Coatings. They are local to me and have good prices for me as I am a commercial account.
Plus I know the family that owns it.

https://www.fgci.com/products

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