Help With Rice Paper Graphic Ghosting On Chesapeake 17lt

First time boat builder, I have been working on two Chesapeake kayaks from plans for almost one year and am close to finishing them. Much apreciation for the wealth of information and inspiration on this forum.

I fiberglassed the deck of my 17lt this weekend and included two rice paper graphics underneath the fiberglass. The rice paper appeared to wet out perfectly, but in some lighting conditions becomes very noticeable. I followed the advice available on the forum for rice paper graphics. 

Both images were black and white and printed on a B&W laser printer, one was printed regularly and one I printed reversed.

I did a sample image and practiced on scrap okoume and the paper blended much better than on my smoothly sanded deck.

I trimmed away as much of the excess paper as I could and used a clean plastic squeegee to wet out each graphic.

The plywood is 4mm okoume from Harbor Sales in Maryland, the fiberglass cloth is 4 oz. cloth from US Composites, and the Epoxy is MAS from CLC.

I can live with the images on my boat, but, would like to do a better job on my wife's 16lt. 

Thanks,

Dave 


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RE: Help With Rice Paper Graphic Ghosting On Chesapeake 17lt

 

This might be as good as it gets. You're technique seems excellent.

I've fiddled with this quite a bit and my experience is that:

  • The brand/weight of rice paper makes a huge difference- they're not all created equal. Some are thicker, some have an uneven texture-  it can be hard to tell which are which just from online descriptions. I bought a few brands (sorry- the labels aren't in English so I can't offer recommendations) and resigned myself to wasting a few bucks on some unsuitable paper. In hindsight I wish I had called a specialty supplier to see if they had recommendations based on the application.
  • Maybe just a personal preference, but I found that adding a solid border was helpful in that it interrupted the transition from rice paper to no rice paper.

Interestingly, clarity seemed best to me at wetout. I think the visible weave of the fiberglass confused the eye a bit and distracted from the contrast. After filling the weave the difference in the wood covered and not covered by the rice paper seemed more noticable.

Here's a label I put on the kayak I made my daughter.

Good luck.

 

RE: Help With Rice Paper Graphic Ghosting On Chesapeake 17lt

Patrick North

RE: Help With Rice Paper Graphic Ghosting On Chesapeake 17lt

   Looks a tad milky, but fine. I think both look good. I may give this a try

RE: Help With Rice Paper Graphic Ghosting On Chesapeake 17lt

The ones on my WD12 went on perfectly and the paper was completely invisible, but after 7 1/2 years of sun, fun and weather changes it has turned into something like the first picture. So it may not be worth worrying about over the long run. The boat still floats just as well as it ever did.

Have fun,

Laszlo

 

 

RE: Help With Rice Paper Graphic Ghosting On Chesapeake 17lt

   Sort of a Good News/Bad News thing?

Good News: I'm doing it right

Bad News: I'm not going to get better results next time.

I guess in the grand scheme of things it's not so bad, in some lighting it's barely noticeable, and in complete darkness I can't see the difference at all.

 

Thanks

Dave 

RE: Help With Rice Paper Graphic Ghosting On Chesapeake 17lt

   where are some sources for the rice paper?

RE: Help With Rice Paper Graphic Ghosting On Chesapeake 17lt

   ddeaton, 

I purchased mine from Amazon.com, there were a few options, but without knowing much about the different types of rice paper my choice was was more of a guess.

Dave

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