Well guys as you know I attempted to laminate my own body tubes, it dident go so well it stuck to the PVC pipe, so I will attempt it again after talking to scoop for advice as he is the ( Yoda and I am the apprentice ) ... So once again I will keep everyone posted.
I ain't no Yoda!.....thanks all the same......that honor should really go to PK.....Now there is a man who knows his way around a PVC mandrel and fibreglass cloth!
Patience young Padawan!
The trick for players trying this most interesting step is preparation
Amourall is your friend!
A generous application to the mandrel is required, let it dry then give the whole thing a wipe with light cloth (oh yeah...it helps if your mandrel doesn't have any scratches or scars on it too).
Greaseproof paper is hard to applying by yourself
The tick here is to get a nice even overlap (spiral) that is no more than about 10 - 15mm wide .....OK maybe 20mm...but that's it max!
4 hands are better than 2......a friend is a useful tool in the making of composite tubes.
Take note of the direction you wrap the paper!.....Everything!....And I do mean everything must continue in the same direction....critical....no if's or but's!
Don't try to take the tube off too early, a green tube will bunch and get stuck....if you need to twist, it must be twisted in the same direction as the wrap, or the greaseproof paper will "unwind" and bind on the mandrel.
Generally, a light tap on the ground will loosen the tube from the mandrel.
The best form of release is no release at all!
I would suggest perfecting your laminating skills by adding layers of glass to a cardboard mandrel (ie reinforcing BT) before stepping up to the complete composite stuff......but hey PVC tube and FG cloth are reasonably cheap....have a go....it just may work first time.....and you will have some fun in the process!
Don't give up Diesel!