I got a new carbide blade Scraper
I had used a paint scraper to smooth out epoxy drips and uneven area but the scrapers needed sharpening every few minutes. The fumed silica thickener is very hard on edged tools and quickly dulled the edge.
I tried to get around that by preparing the 4 old scrapers that I had. This would buy me a bit of time but the frequent sharpening wears out the blades quite quickly.
I read about someone using the carbide scraper, in the Wooden Boat Forum and though I would try it. I got Mr. Amazon to send me one and gave it a go. There were a few to choose from I chose a narrower blade 2 inches, because I planned to use it in small spaces and thought it would be easier. I don't think the brand matters very much as long as the blades are good.
I also chose the one that did not have a handle to allow it to get in smaller spaces. As it turns out there is a hole to allow a handle to be added.
Here is a link to the one I bought on Amazon. Warner 803 Carbide 100X 2-Inch Scraper with Double Edge Blade
Now I wonder how I ever did without it.
In particular I have found it to be the best way to remove hardened epoxy drips. It leaves a nice even surface. It's also a star when it comes to evening out a filled screw hole or other bump. It also gets into narrower spots than my trusty random orbital sander.
The scraper also proved itself when it came to get rid of the fringe of epoxy/fiberglass when the glass has a bit of a furry seam. Since I cut my own fiberglass tape it does not have the nice edge and it takes some work to clean up the edges. The scraper is very good for this.
I used it in a particularly gnarly area in the cuddy area of the Scamp. I had finished adding epoxy just as the lot was beginning to thicken and it had not flowed very well. Sanding managed to smooth the surface but not flatten it. I did in half an hour with the scraper what I had not been able to do in 2 of sanding.
The scraper does not gum up the same way as sandpaper so it can be used just before the epoxy is rock hard. That's useful for me because the shop is not warm and overnight is sometimes not enough to completely set the epoxy.
I think sharpening the blades will be challenging but not impossible. Mr. Amazon sent me an extra package of blades. I'm hoping this will last me a lifetime.
The scraper itself is made in the US but the lovely carbide blades are German.
There is a hole in the scraper that will allow a handle to be bolted on. I will try using a drawer pull. This should make the scraper easier to handle and facilitate putting pressure on the blade.
I try to be accurate and check my information, but mistakes happen. email me if you find mistakes, I'll fix them and we'll all benefit: Christine
This information is for general knowledge. It's not intended to replace plans or proper instructions. If you are not comfortable using tools get help. This article is my own opinion. Be safe and have fun.