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I am one week into building a Coho. I am in the process of glassing the butt joints together. The inside joints are done and I am working on the much more visible outside joints. In spite of my carefull glassing and covering the joints with acetone, I have a couple of seams where you can see the fiberglass tape. The problem appears only at the very edges of the seams. I am more worried about the appearnace rather than the structural integrity. Can I cut the edge of the tape with a razor? Can I sand down just that area? Do I have to re-do the entire joint?
If sanding is an option, how much can you sand before you sand through the first layer of plywood? I am using a ROB sander.
On a related note, I have noticed in several areas of the Pygmy manual where they say do not sand into the fiberglass tape. Will this cause a structural problem or an appearance problem?
Thank you in advance for your help in what will probably be the first of many questions.
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