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Old 01-13-2003, 10:45 AM   #15
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Hi Morgan;:wave

We did have hardware stores in town years ago just like drug stores. Both of them are gone. Store like K-mart, Walmart and Fleet farm came in and the little stores when out of business. This town is about 15 miles from home. Yes, the directions to our house did include after you leave the blacktop. In 2000 they put blacktop on the road past the house.

The internet is a great tool for those of us out in the boondocks. I have sent for a West Marine Catolog and checked prices. You also can get good advice from people all over the country.

I am looking forward to doing the fiberglass. I will be removing an old tv antenna and that will make at least 12 holes to fiberglass. I also think I will try to close two of the 14x14 vents.
Got to go, I try to work on the trailer 8 to 10 hours a week.:P

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Old 01-13-2003, 11:00 AM   #16
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Pictures

Pictures Pat ... we need pictures.

Keep us posted on your progress with pictures!
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Old 01-14-2003, 07:33 PM   #17
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I have pictures in the camera and in one of eight rolls of film sitting here on the desk. I will get them developed when I remember to take them with me when I go to town.

Charles, I will need a how to lesson in upload pictures.:red I have a scanner.

Thank you;:reye2
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Old 01-14-2003, 07:52 PM   #18
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number one. get them developed. :)
you might be able to get them on CD when you have them developed, then you wouldn't need to scan. but scaning is easy. raise the lid, put picture in face down, open scan or printer program. and scan. :) Charles can tell you better, probably.
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Old 01-14-2003, 10:34 PM   #19
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Please remember a few basics when working with damaged glass.

Temperature I have used West 207 down to 40 degrees F, but prefer to work at mid 50's to 70 degree for best cure results.

When working with cracked glass structure it is oftem best to stop drill the ends of the crack. This will relieve the fracture stop points and assist in preventing further migration of original fracture after you have done your best repair. Stop drilling is merely a hole drilled through the glass structure larger than the end of the fracture width at both ends of the crack, and then filled as you do your repair.

Keep you damaged fiberglass area clean and dry. Bonding agents do not like dirt, grease or loose fiber. Grind with agressive wheel or sand paper, then clean with acetone. Be very careful that any glass mat material and surface areas to be repaired are kept DRY. I store my glass cloth in open paper bags carried within an open top cardboard box. A humid day or heavy evening dew can ruin your material if it is stored in plastic bags given to you by the store, and it is very difficult to dry them effectively.

Patience, take your time and think of this as therapy. i pay myself the shrink's rate of $250.00 per each hour spent with glass and resins Where else can you form a smooth looking object with multiple rounded lines using transitionaly soft materials, watch the science of reactive agents at work, and then within minutes harness man's most wonderful creation "the power tool" to assist you iin the final steps of your artistic creation.

You have received good advice and consul from the postings to date. Isn't the support given by this community of glass lovers great. Fx.
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Old 01-14-2003, 11:55 PM   #20
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Good points Frank. Thank You.

I have repaired many fiberglass canoes. The worse had a hole the size of a basket ball after it fell off a car at 60 mph and hit a gaurd rail. The point you made, Frank, about preventing further migration of original fracture is critical.

To be honest, it was the hardest thing I had to do because it felt like I was making a bigger hole. On the canoe, I put a piece of formica pressed against the inside to hold the shape. When the canoe was finished it was truly amazing; strong and still light weight.
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Old 01-15-2003, 07:59 PM   #21
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Thomas and Janifer, your right the journey of a thousand mile begin with the first step. I'll get them developed. I like your fiberglass. It comes in yellow:jester :jester :jester

Frank, thank you, I didn't know about drilling the holes. Thank you for you advice.
How is your project coming? :) :)

Michael, I am glad your canoe was all right.:lol

Thank you all, for the advice, it is all so helpful.:r
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Old 01-15-2003, 09:04 PM   #22
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You like yellow, too? yeah!! did you here that Morgan? two for yellow. count 'um,
Thank you for bring out all this fiberglass repair stuff. I got some big holes to repair when I move my ref.
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Old 01-16-2003, 08:35 PM   #23
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Yes I like yellow. I like sunshine and :) ;) :lol :reye2 faces. You can find your camper in a campground. I have been to Scamp Camps and you have to remember your site number. Most have different tow vehicles.

I think it is great that people share their fiberglass experiences and knowledge with all of us. It is a big help.

Keep smiling:lol :reyes :reye2
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Old 01-20-2003, 04:39 PM   #24
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:wave :shg hi i m knew to all of this we just bought a 74 boler this summer going to fix her up next summer i was wondering if gel coat is clear or does it comes in colors.iguess i m gettin a few chuckles at this, thank you phyllis
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Old 01-20-2003, 04:51 PM   #25
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clear or not

good question, phyllis
I never even thought to ask. I need to know that too.
Congrats on your *new* Boler.
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:wave :shg hi i m knew to all of this we just bought a 74 boler this summer going to fix her up next summer i was wondering if gel coat is clear or does it comes in colors.iguess i m gettin a few chuckles at this, thank you phyllis
Hi Phyllis
Welcome to this forum.I have a big boler and even I can,t answere that. Super good question.I will also wait for the answere:wave
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Old 01-20-2003, 05:10 PM   #27
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Colors

Gel coat is applied and comes in colors.

You can get various color gel coat patch kits at your local boat store ... or online at web boat stores.

You can mix and blend the gel coat colors, to match, if need be.
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Gel Coat

Gel Coat is clear resin then pigment is added to make it any color. You can buy it with the basic colors added already. Only problem is there are so many shades of each color. You have to check the material purchased to see if it matches. If not you can add additional pigment to get a match.
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