How to Fiberglass a Pond


Part 1

Preparing the Materials

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    Purchase fiberglass cloth, resin, and flowcoat. You can buy the materials you need to fiberglass your pond from the hardware store or online. The typical fiberglass used for ponds is a 450g chopped strand mat. This fiberglass is durable enough to retain the water from a pond. Purchase an epoxy or polyester resin when you buy the fiberglass sheets. Flowcoat looks like paint and comes in a variety of colors. Adding a layer of flowcoat over the fiberglass is the finishing touch for your project and will make the walls of your pond shiny and smooth.[1]

    • It should cost around $5-$10 for 3 by 3 metres (9.8 by 9.8 ft) of fiberglass mat.
    • Polyester resin should cost around $20-$30 for 1 gallon (3.8 L) while epoxy resin can cost up to $100 for a gallon.
    • Flowcoat should cost between $5-$20 for 1 gallon (3.8 L).
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    Tape off areas that you don’t want to fiberglass. Use painter’s tape to tape off the areas around the lip of the pond. Apply the tape so that it wraps around the entirety of the pond’s perimeter.
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    Wear gloves when handling fiberglass. A thick pair of rubber gloves will stop the fiberglass from agitating your skin and will prevent you from damaging the fiberglass cloth.[2]
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    Wear a respirator when working on an indoor pond. If the pond is indoors, make sure that you’re working in a well-ventilated area and use a respirator. Wearing the proper gear will prevent you from inhaling the toxic fumes from the resin and particles from the fiberglass sheets.[3]
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    Measure the walls and floor of your pond. Measure the height of the pond’s walls. Then, take the width and length measurements of the pond’s floor. This will help you determine how much fiberglass cloth you need. The surface area of a wall or floor is the length multiplied by the width. Write down the measurement so that you know the dimensions of your pond.

    • If you need irregular or curved portions of the pond, use a tape measure and break the pond into separate 5 by 5 feet (1.5 by 1.5 m) parts. Once you get the surface area of all parts of your pool, add them together to get how much fiberglass cloth you need.
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    Measure the fiberglass cloth. Fiberglass cloth will usually come in a roll that you can purchase online or at a hardware store. Carefully roll out the fiberglass and measure it so that it’s 5–8 inches (13–20 cm) longer than the height of your walls. This additional slack will lay on the outer lip and the floor of the pond.[4]
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    Cut the fiberglass cloth with a rolling cutter or fiberglass scissors. Purchase a rolling cutter or fiberglass scissors at an art and crafts store or online. Cut out the sheets to your measurements.[5]

    • Rolling cutters cost anywhere from $15-$30 while fiberglass scissors cost $40+.
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    Mix your resin according to the instructions. Many epoxy resins will also come with a hardener that you must mix with the resin. Read the instructions on the package so that you know how to mix them properly.[6]

    • Continue to mix your resin as you work so that it doesn’t harden.
    • 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of resin is suitable for 2 square meters (6.5 sq. feet) of fiberglass cloth.
    • You can purchase the resin at hardware stores or online.

 

Source: wikihow. com


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