I dilly-dallied for nearly 2 years before tackling the finishing steps of the vertical pieces because I had never worked with fiberglass before and I was afraid to start. After sanding the engine cooling shroud, I realized that I had crossed a barrier and so went way back to the empennage to do a little catch up work. (BTW, I’m still not looking forward to learning how to work wet fiberglass by myself.) A few hours with my belt sander made fast work of sanding off the excess fiberglass and getting things close to final. I also (re)learned to put sheets over my project to keep the dust down some!
When I got my tutorage from Rick, he was pretty even minded about the scotchbrite wheel vs a belt sander, but I’ve developed a distinct preference for the wheel, at least until now. Now, I prefer the wheel for aluminum, but the sander is very very versatile with sanding/shaping fiberglass!
V-stabilizer and Rudder Fairings