Our Marina Bond fiberglass products are the highest quality on the market today. We carry a wide variety of products for your home, electrical, industrial, marine, and automotive projects. We carry many sizes and quanities in each of our products that we sell. Special orders may be taken upon request.
White Fiberglass Supply Inc. has been in business since 1995, formerly known as F.R. White with our experience serving the Rochester, New York area for nearly 40 years. Our trademarked Fiberglass Products, "Marina Bond" are one of the most superior in the industry today. We carry everything from Hardeners, Epoxy, Colorin, Gel-Coats, PVA, Cloth, Mat and Woven Rovin, Mill Fibers, Chopped Fibers and Cab-O-Sil.
Fiberglass Uses & Applications
Fiberglass is an immensely versatile material which combines its light weight with an inherent strength to provide a weather resistant finish, with a variety of surface textures.
Fiberglass can be used for many Industrial jobs from tanks to chemical storage.
Fiberglass can be used for auto repair as well as custom autobody work, kit cars and restoration projects.
Fiberglass can be used in building and repairing Surf boards, boats and other marine vehicles.
AUTOMOTIVE: For those who love automobiles, the 1953 model Chevrolet Corvette was the first production car to have a fibreglass body. As a body material, GRP has never succeeded against metal for large production volumes. (yet...) However, fiberglass has a big presence in the replacement body parts, custom and kit auto markets. Tooling costs are relatively low as compared with metal press assemblies, and ideally suit smaller markets.
MARINE: Since that first dinghy in 1942, this is an area where fibreglass is supreme. Its properties are ideally suited to boat building. Although there were problems with water absorption, modern resins are more resilient, and the compoites continue to dominate the marine industry. In fact, without GRP, boat ownership would never have reached the levels it has today, as other construction methods are simply too expensive for volume production and not amenable to automation.
HOME: Almost every home has GRP somewhere, whether in a bathtub or a shower tray. Other applications include furniture, and spa tubs. GRP is also widely used for circuit board manufacture (PCB's) – there is probably one within six feet of you now. TVs, radios, computers, cellphones – GRP holds our electronic world together.
INDUSTRIAL: Storage tanks can be made of fiberglass with capacities up to about 300 tonnes. The smaller tanks can be made with chopped strand mat cast over a thermoplastic inner tank which acts as a preform during construction. Much more reliable tanks are made using woven mat or filament wound fibre with the fibre orientation at right angles to the hoop stress imposed in the side wall by the contents. They tend to be used for chemical storage because the plastic liner (often polypropylene) is resistant to a wide range of strong chemicals. Fiberglass tanks are also used for septic tanks.
PRODUCTS: The manufacturing process for glass fibers suitable for reinforcement uses large furnaces to gradually melt the silica sand, limestone, kaolin clay, fluorspar, colemanite, dolomite and other minerals to liquid form. Then it is extruded through bushings, which are bundles of very small orifices (typically 5–25 micrometres in diameter for E-Glass, 9 micrometres for S-Glass). These filaments are then sized (coated) with a chemical solution. The individual filaments are now bundled together in large numbers to provide a roving. The diameter of the filaments, as well as the number of filaments in the roving determine its weight. This is typically expressed in yield-yards per pound (how many yards of fiber in one pound of material, thus a smaller number means a heavier roving, example of standard yields are 225yield, 450yield, 675yield) or in tex-grams per km (how many grams 1 km of roving weighs, this is inverted from yield, thus a smaller number means a lighter roving, examples of standard tex are 750tex, 1100tex, 2200tex).
MATERIALS: Unlike glass fibers used for insulation, for the final structure to be strong, the fiber's surfaces must be almost entirely free of defects, as this permits the fibers to reach gigapascal tensile strengths. If a bulk piece of glass were to be defect free, then it would be equally as strong as glass fibers; however, it is generally impractical to produce bulk material in a defect-free state outside of laboratory conditions.
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