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Old 09-10-2014, 01:48 PM   #15
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There is always "peanut butter" chopped FG strands (1/4 inch) mixed with silica dust and resin. That mix gets pretty thick and the chopped strand gives it strength without using mat or cloth.

I used just the silica dust and resin over mat but I would think mixing in the chopped FG strands would work well to provide strength for a small patch such as yours. Good that you can get some advice right from a manufacturer. Look forward to hearing what they respond with.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:17 PM   #16
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here's the stuff...Tiger Hair (course) Kitty Hair (fine)...
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:43 PM   #17
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Tiger Hair, what an auspicious name. It sounds tough! I like it. Thanks, Floyd.

If I use Tiger Hair, would it be appropriate to follow up with some Hair of the Dog?

It's been a full day, no word back yet from Mr. Mickle.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:02 PM   #18
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I would fill the hole with dirt and tape over it with duct tape before I will ever call the people at Snoozy for anything.
I'm very sorry to hear that. When I faced a similar situation with the belly band leaking on my new trailer I went to a boat supply place (West Marine). After several questions the kid couldn't answer, he summoned help. A very knowledgeable gentlemen gave me excellent advice and my repair has been a success so far. Worth a shot. Then again, do they have boat places in Oklahoma?

FWIW I currently have a ding (looks like someone took the claw end of a hammer to it) in the fender of my Forester. A body shop will be happy to fix it for $500+. I bought a small can of Bondo and the closest match Duplciolor paint I could find, $20. Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you. Good luck, Raz
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:33 PM   #19
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:57 PM   #20
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There is boating in OK and there are at least 3 FG repair places in the metro area. But I'm looking for a DIY fix anyway.

I was probably too hasty in saying I'd never call Snoozy. My feelings center on one person in particular there, and I guess he's not in charge any more. If they come through with some helpful advice, it will be nice.
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:35 AM   #21
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[ Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you. Good luck, Raz[/QUOTE]

Good comment Raz.....the bear has eaten me too, dang it
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:51 PM   #22
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Mike, I agree with Melanie. When I was visiting Snoozy factory two months ago I never saw Alan and only dealt with Richard whom I thought was very customer oriented and approachable. I asked him about Alan, and other than avoiding talking about him, sorta led me to believe he was the man in charge now. He's who I've been contacting ever since.
FYI: I am an old burned out surfer from the 70's and have repaired many dings in boards. I've poured solid resin in many 1/2" d x 2" w holes, waited until it cured and buffed it down smooth. Worked good enough back then to keep the core foam from sucking in water. Just my two cents.

That is a nasty smack though. Bet you felt sick.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:21 PM   #23
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My Lil Hauley (Snoozy shell) contacted my old SUV while I was backing into the driveway. The SUV suffered a small hole in the side of the taillight.

This was a 2 or 3 mph impact. I thought, surely the Hauley will just have some rub marks at most.

Wrong!

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This trailer is a lot more fragile than I thought. the outer skin and sandwiched cured resin both crumbled into tiny pieces. I thought fiberglass contained glass fibers? I don't see them.

Now I have to come up with a DIY fix of some sort. Not sure what to do. Thinking about Bondo.

Bondo makes a product called BONDO-GLASS.
It's made for fiberglass boats, truck cabs and fenders and also will fill holes in rusted out metal.

I have used it several times on different Eggs I've rehabbed.
It works well and will fill holes up to 1/2 inch deep.
It would be just the thing for your damaged corner.
Just mix the hardener with enough BONDO to fill the hole, level it off as close as you can to the body and when it hardens sand it down and your done.
A final wet sanding will give you as smooth a finish as the adjoining fiberglass.

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Old 09-13-2014, 03:23 PM   #24
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Mike - have you settled on how to repair? And have you heard from Richard Mickle?
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Old 09-14-2014, 03:48 PM   #25
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Richard did write back and said he was having his fiberglass guy, Carl Cannon, get in touch with me. Carl wrote on Friday and said this:
Sorry to hear about your issue. Fiberglass repairs are not very difficult. Walmart or a local parts store should have a marine fiberglass repair kit. You will have to grind the area in the hole it self and on edge of area, the cracks will have to be ground into and teed off. Clean area with acetone and follow directions on repair kit. The repair didn't look very deep so you should be able to get away with using the marine bondo filler. The color is the trick. I can send some gelcoat to match but you will need to spray that on with a small sprayer or air brush.
I wrote him back and asked for more info about "grind into and tee off" the cracks, which I didn't understand. He replied a bit later that evening (but I was at the River Valley Egg Rally, so I just read it today).
With a dremel grind into the crack to open it up to get to the bottom of the crack to where the fiberglass is not cracked.Tee off means at the end of the crack cut horizontal. To end the crack where in the future the crack doesn't spread.
The folks there have been very responsive and Carl is getting back to me on Monday about the cost of the gelcoat. I would not have thought much about doing the "tee off" to stop further cracking, so it's good that I asked.

By the way, I was thinking that the part I was seeing inside the cratered area was the relatively thin inner surface of the fiberglass sandwich. But BAMA was telling me at the rally that these trailers are something like 3/4" thick, so the crater being less than 1/4" (probably closer to 1/8") deep means it really is more or less a surface wound, relatively speaking.
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The color is the trick. I can send some gelcoat to match but you will need to spray that on with a small sprayer or air brush.[/I]

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Mike we had a fellow who works for a local bathroom and shower supply company who came to one of our trailer meets and gave us a lesson in doing small fiberglass repairs. He had an assortment of colour tubes for mixing and matching. What he told us was that most companies that do installs of bathtubs and showers have someone on staff that is very good at doing small repairs to them & they are very good at doing the colour match. Apparently fairly common during a build process for a brand new tube or shower or hot tube to be damaged by the tile guys or glass guys or plumbers. Said the general contractor often calls them back in to do minor repairs prior to the home being sold. You may want to check around to see if there is such a company near you who would help with the colour match.
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I don't have a sprayer or air brush, so I'm not sure what I will do in that regard. But if the gelcoat stuff from Snoozy is reasonable I will probably buy it anyway and then figure out a way to apply it. If they want too much money for it, though, finding a local bath/shower place might be just the thing... assuming their stuff has decent UV resistance (because tubs and showers don't get much sunlight). Heck, for that matter, glossy paint might work in a pinch.
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FWIW....what Id do...

it looks like all you did is damage the gelcoat....gelcoat is very brittle (the cracks you mention close to the actual hole)...it's only there to level/smooth the FG mat underneath...

I'd go to a boat/plastics shop and buy a gelcoat repair kit..... tape off the area you are going to work on, including the crack, chip away any loose material and clean well....mix up the product (dead simple) and fill in the "bruise" as smooth as possible....then hand sand it smooth

apart from the appearance your repair is now complete and you could use the trailer as is forever...

now for the appearance, matching the color will be hard to impossible unless you happen to own a body shop.....I'd take my time and look for and find a sticker/stripe or maybe some reflective tape....and apply it to BOTH rear corners of the trailer.....like it was like that from the beginning
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