Fiberglass repair - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-29-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
Member
 
kbingel's Avatar
 
Name: Karen
Trailer: 2008 17' Oliver Elite
Michigan
Posts: 71
Registry
Fiberglass repair

Hi, my used Oliver has two cracks on the bottom that are two-three inches long. Since it is living now in the great north, where rain and snow is a way of life, I am wondering how to patch them. Anyone have experience with this? I saw a bondo kit for fiberglass on Amazon. Might not be pretty but? I don't think either crack will be allowing water in but I am thinking cold and wet might make them worse. Ideas?


Sent from my iPad using Fiberglass RV
__________________

__________________
2008 17' Oliver legacy
kbingel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
David Tilston's Avatar
 
Name: Dave W
Trailer: Trillium 4500 - 1977, 1978 (2), 1300 - 1977, 1973, and a 1972
Alberta
Posts: 5,314
Registry
Pictures would help. Are these cracks visible? If not your job is fairly easy.

Grind the sides of each crack to paper thin where the crack is to full thickness at 2" from the crack. Then saturate some fibreglass mat on a board that is covered with poly, (so it doesn't stick to the board) push it up against the crack. Wait for it to set, (about an hour) then pull the boar, and poly off. Repeat as necessary to get the proper thickness. Sand smooth, then paint.

This thread is very helpful:
You Can Repair Fiberglass
__________________

__________________
David Tilston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
rdickens's Avatar
 
Name: Ray
Trailer: 2017 Scamp 16 Deluxe
Missouri
Posts: 504
I wonder if this might be an application for that "Homemade Prepreg" that I mentioned in that thread?

"For repairs in recessed areas, tight corners, and/or overhead repairs, the section on Homemade PrePreg (in a plastic bag of all things ) might be of some interest?
http://bcove.me/s6bztad7 "

I think that using fiberglass mat inside the heavy duty freezer bag should work as well as a couple of layers of bi-directional (bid) fiberglass cloth (weave) and it could/should be a lot less messy to saturate your mat and apply the patch without getting the resin all over yourself? (I haven't actually worked with mat instead of bid cloth, so ... YMMV.
If you use this method with mat, maybe you could let me/us know how it works out?)

It's just a thought.

Good luck!

Ray
__________________
rdickens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 09:21 PM   #4
Commercial Member
 
Robert Johans's Avatar
 
Name: Robert
Trailer: Nest Caravans
Oregon
Posts: 822
Registry
Home-made pre-preg... Cool!


Sent from my iPad using Fiberglass RV
__________________
Robert Johans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2014, 04:12 PM   #5
Member
 
kbingel's Avatar
 
Name: Karen
Trailer: 2008 17' Oliver Elite
Michigan
Posts: 71
Registry
David, I will try and get some pictures up soon.we are in the middle of moving, have to winterized for the first time as new owners real soon, and I am wondering if I can leave the cracks till next year or will winter do more damage? It will be left outside with a cover only....but shouldn't get wet ...ideas? As soon as we are at the house we are moving from, I'll get out there and take pictures. Thanks. Karen


Sent from my iPad using Fiberglass RV
__________________
2008 17' Oliver legacy
kbingel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2014, 05:46 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
David Tilston's Avatar
 
Name: Dave W
Trailer: Trillium 4500 - 1977, 1978 (2), 1300 - 1977, 1973, and a 1972
Alberta
Posts: 5,314
Registry
Cracks in fibreglass are typically not going to get worse due to cold. Fibreglass flexes.
__________________
David Tilston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2014, 05:51 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Steve Outlaw's Avatar
 
Trailer: Oliver Legacy Elite II
Mississippi
Posts: 502
Registry
Karen,

Stick some duct tape over the cracks until spring. Where are the cracks? Are they near one another? Have you called Robert about them?
__________________
Steve and Tali - Dogs: Reacher and Lucy and our beloved Storm and Maggie (waiting at the Rainbow Bridge)
2008 Outlaw Oliver Legacy Elite & 2014 Outlaw Oliver Legacy Elite II
2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4
Steve Outlaw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2014, 10:11 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
David Tilston's Avatar
 
Name: Dave W
Trailer: Trillium 4500 - 1977, 1978 (2), 1300 - 1977, 1973, and a 1972
Alberta
Posts: 5,314
Registry
Duct tape leaves a concrete like residue. Maybe use packing tape, or wide electrical tape.
__________________
David Tilston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2014, 11:15 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Name: Carl
Trailer: 1994 Scamp 16
Arkansas
Posts: 240
Quote:
Originally Posted by rdickens View Post
I wonder if this might be an application for that "Homemade Prepreg" that I mentioned in that thread?

"For repairs in recessed areas, tight corners, and/or overhead repairs, the section on Homemade PrePreg (in a plastic bag of all things ) might be of some interest?
http://bcove.me/s6bztad7 "

I think that using fiberglass mat inside the heavy duty freezer bag should work as well as a couple of layers of bi-directional (bid) fiberglass cloth (weave) and it could/should be a lot less messy to saturate your mat and apply the patch without getting the resin all over yourself? (I haven't actually worked with mat instead of bid cloth, so ... YMMV.
If you use this method with mat, maybe you could let me/us know how it works out?)


It's just a thought.

Good luck!

Ray
Ray,
Thanks for the link! It was very helpful! I never knew that doing fiberglass could be so easy! He sure makes it look easy.
__________________
Carl

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else! Yogi Berra
Nut501 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2014, 11:49 AM   #10
Member
 
kbingel's Avatar
 
Name: Karen
Trailer: 2008 17' Oliver Elite
Michigan
Posts: 71
Registry
Talking

Steve, the cracks are in two different places. One is actually in the battery section along the back side wall. A couple inches long and the other one is in the front along the bottome edge between the door and the propane tanks. It is also 2 inches or so long. I think we will use the duck tape as when you repair it you have to sand it down anyways. Good idea. Today we are learning how to winterize since snow is forecasted tomorrow. Ha ha.
__________________
2008 17' Oliver legacy
kbingel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2014, 12:22 PM   #11
Moderator
 
Name: RogerDat
Trailer: 77 Scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 3,080
Liquid electrical tape seals well and is easy to remove. Might be something to brush on before tape.
__________________
RogerDat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2014, 04:55 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Name: Nancy
Trailer: Spree
Colorado
Posts: 3
Gelcoat or Fiberglass?

Can anyone tell me the difference between gel coat and Filon? We have a 2012 Spree with smooth sides. We managed to put a gouge in the front rounded cap and after reading this thread thought we might try to repair it ourselves. KZ industries is sending me the paint match but then I started reading about gel coat and got really confused. Do I do a fiberglass type repair and paint it or use a gel coat approach? Thanks for any feedback
__________________
Nancy Sa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 09:18 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Name: Carl
Trailer: 1994 Scamp 16
Arkansas
Posts: 240
I have a question about painting a fiberglass camper with Rubberized Roofing coating? Has anyone ever painted a fiberglass camper with this product? How did it turn out? Does it last for a long time? Does anyone have any other suggestions for painting a fiberglass camper?
Thanks,
__________________
Carl

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else! Yogi Berra
Nut501 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 09:29 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
David Tilston's Avatar
 
Name: Dave W
Trailer: Trillium 4500 - 1977, 1978 (2), 1300 - 1977, 1973, and a 1972
Alberta
Posts: 5,314
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nancy Sa View Post
Can anyone tell me the difference between gel coat and Filon? We have a 2012 Spree with smooth sides. We managed to put a gouge in the front rounded cap and after reading this thread thought we might try to repair it ourselves. KZ industries is sending me the paint match but then I started reading about gel coat and got really confused. Do I do a fiberglass type repair and paint it or use a gel coat approach? Thanks for any feedback
I believe that Filon, which is used on the front window rock guard on Trillium trailers, is fibreglass in a Nylon resin, as opposed to a polyester resin. I suspect that repairing Filon might best be done with epoxy.
__________________

__________________
David Tilston is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"How To:" fiberglass repair video Mary Lynn K. Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 3 06-20-2009 07:15 PM
unusual Fiberglass repair Perry Mac Donald Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 7 03-21-2009 11:37 AM
Fiberglass Repair & Clear Coating mariemmoore Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 15 11-04-2008 04:17 AM
Fiberglass repair Questions Kenny H Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 9 09-04-2008 11:20 AM
Fiberglass Repair Lisa H. Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 3 07-30-2008 12:38 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.