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“AZBOBCAT” Zebra very cool, how are the fumes from the materials you are working with? I tried a couple things in the garage with just some fiberglass and resin, wife won’t let me ever do it again. LOL house smelled just from doing it in garage.


There’s no fumes from any of the materials I work with.

The polyester MEK resins most commonly used for fiberglass are particularly nasty. I wouldn’t use those inside. I learnt that lesson the same way as you. My wife was so mad at me. I tried it in an apartment in Manhattan when she was out…. It took weeks to get the taste out of my lungs. 

The epoxy resins used for carbon fiber have no perceivable smell. You can use epoxy laminating resins for fiberglass too btw and you get better results without the smell. Just don’t use epoxy with with fiberglass strand mat as it won’t work without the MEK to activate it. 

If you stick to epoxy products (resins, putties and pastes) and urethane (plastics and foams), you should be fine working inside in most cases. The ones that give off fumes have clear warnings. Most are wife friendly. Silicone is also ok to use inside.