• Fiberglass & Composite Manufacturing

    Fiberglass & Composites

    High-Quality Fiberglass & Composites Production

    Painted Rhino manufactures fiberglass products for various applications and industries. We can produce and supply fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) parts using open mold or closed mold injection processes. We can also accommodate FRP parts that need assembly in or outside of the mold, with or without additional materials. Learn more about our molding processes below.

    Our Fiberglass Manufacturing Processes

    Chopper Gun Applications

    Chopper guns automatically chop and deposit gun roving strands into a pre-resin mold. Fiberglass rovings are attached to the back of the gun in one continuous piece. Chopper guns cover more surface, making it suitable for producing custom parts in low to medium quantities. Chopper guns are also lightweight, easy to use, and are an economical option for parts like boat hulls, swimming pools, storage tanks, and more. Common material types used in this process include E-glass, Kevlar, and carbon rovings. Mold materials include fiberglass, steel, wood, and other materials.

    The spray-up process involves the following steps. Gel coats and barrier coats are applied and cured. Once this hardens, the fiber resin mixture is added onto the mold. The spray gun then chops the rovings into short pieces at predetermined lengths. After the material is sprayed, brushes or rollers remove trapped air to ensure a smooth product. The materials are cured, left to cool, and finished with trimming to remove excess fiberglass.

    Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding

    (VARTM) or Vacuum Injected Molding (VIM) is a closed mold process used in producing large scale fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) parts. Materials used in this process in addition to standard E glass include high performance fibers like carbon fiber (for high end parts) and low viscosity resins. The mold is covered by a vacuum bag (or for higher production a B side mold) and the vacuum helps with the flow of resin infused into the fiber layup. After infusion, the vacuum’s low pressure reinforces the resin and removes air from the preform. Aside from aerospace-grade parts, VARTM is also used to produce a variety of parts for wind energy, transportation, and infrastructure to name a few.

    Hand Lay-Up Fiberglass

    This process is similar to spray up but the fiber reinforcements are placed by hand instead of automatically. Gel coat is still applied (either by spraying or brushing) and the laminate will be cut to desired size. The fiber reinforcement is then wet out using polyester, vinylester, or epoxy resin. A roller or squeegee helps work the wet fiber into the mold. The hand lay-up process is ideal for low cost tooling, low volumes, and high quality products.

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    The Painted Rhino Difference.

    20+ Years Experience

    20+ Years Experience

    Our team knows manufacturing inside and out with our decades of experience.

    Client-First Approach

    Client-First Approach

    We work with you to meet your specific needs and put your goals first.

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    Troubleshooting Experts

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    Innovative and Fast

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    Serving Multiple Industries

    Serving Multiple Industries

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    Family-Owned Dedication

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