Hello everyone, were new to this and looking forward to getting some forming done soon now. Lots of interesting advice on here thats going to save us some time hopefully. Major learning curve for us coming from a traditional furniture making industry specialising in traditional Welsh country furniture.
Were now building bodykits for beach buggys and at the mold finishing stages now. The bodykits main purpose is to keep sand and water off the users but stuff like UV durability and impact resistance will play some part in design.
The bodykits will be made either from PP or HDPE or even possibly acrylic and formed by us in a vac form machine were hoping to build.
The male/positive molds are made from mdf, plywood and bodyfiller. Once we have our finished & sanded mold do we just leave it raw or coat it in a varnish or polyester resin or something similar to preserve it?
The size of the molds are 19" x 24" with a draw of 8" for the smallest and 36" x 48" x 10" for the biggest piece. They have quite a smooth rolling design with no sharp edges/corners so we're thinking we can go down the shop vac route rather than a vacuum tank system.
Many thanks, this is probably one of the first in many lines of questions, look forward to reading your thoughts.
Mondo & Jam