Fillet Mix

Posted by Scot Copeland on Mar 17, 2005

For those of you into such things,... I love to build strong, super-light S&G kayaks, and give each element thought. (It's fun for me that way.) For filleting I like to use WEST's 410 special fairing compound. It's just about as light as air, but designed to wet out-unlike fillers like cabosil. I do add a bit of structural fibers, which might be some wood flour or 405- but just enough. This stuff is sooo light and easy to sand (although I avoid that by staying "green"). Since fillets are behind a layer of tape their purpose isn't structural in themselves: they're forming a core material, or shear layer. Get 'em light, and smooth as whipped peanut butter! Nice color too.