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Old 01-09-2003, 08:46 AM   #1
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Hi; :wave

I have been visiting here since Oct. I have learn alot. Thank you. Here is what pushed me to post.

In November, I found a poor, sad, 1976 Scamp. I wanted a Winter project to learn new things. So, be careful what you wish for you might get it.

I am looking for information on fiberglass repair. I have serched forums and checked Amazon for books. I need basic information and where to get supplies.

I have looked at Mike, Don, and Frank's work and say WOW.

thank you;
Pat G
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Old 01-09-2003, 08:55 AM   #2
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Fiberglass repair

Pat;

You can get the supplies that you need at any marine supply. Just think of you trailer as a fiberglass boat. The library has good books on boat building and repair. I built a 32 foot fiberglass sailboat years ago and got all my information from the library.

Good luck
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Old 01-09-2003, 08:55 AM   #3
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Fiberglass and Gel Coat Repair

Pat,

For starters, check out this website. They also have a great section for gel coat repair.

http://home.earthlink.net/~shymu/Contents.html
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Old 01-09-2003, 08:56 AM   #4
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Oh, and by the way

Welcome! How rude of me.....:o
I should have done that first. ;)
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Old 01-09-2003, 03:30 PM   #5
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Hi again;:wave

Ron the library is a good idea. I don't know if our library has books on fiberglass I will check. Thank you.

Suz, I checked out the web address. That will give me a place to start. Thank you.

I think this little lady was a looker in her day. Now her outside has been painted with a brush. Her cabinets are yellow. There is a big hole in the back. I think the spare was pushed in, then a hole was cut to even it out. There are also five vents that were added.
She needs help.:reye2

Thank you again your angels:angel :angel
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Old 01-09-2003, 04:02 PM   #6
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Supplies

For supplies, you might try West Marine for starters.

http://www.westmarine.com

At least you can get an idea whats out there.
Sometimes just a nudge in the right direction helps. Hope this does.

NOTE: I'm having a little trouble linking to the exact page I want. If you open the main page by clicking on the link above, then type is ''fiberglass repair'' in the search box. The first section with give you three choices, directly below that it will say 'show all fifteen.' Click on that and you'll see bunches of stuff.
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Old 01-09-2003, 04:18 PM   #7
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The outside of my Boler had also been painted with a brush. Getting off all the old paint was pretty hopeless - which was one of the big reasons I didn't bother trying to do any sort of 'proper' repair to the glass and gelcoat.

Since I knew I would be painting the outside (with Rustoleum - it was cheap and thick which did a nice job of covering a multitudes of minor flaws in the surface), I wasn't too concerned with just how perfect the repairs were. I covered the holes from the backside with a sheet of fiberglass, then built up from the front with glass, resin and finally body putty. Not exactly the most elegant of solutions - but it works and was easily within my range of talents and affordability.

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Old 01-09-2003, 06:09 PM   #8
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Make sure there is plenty of ventilation in the work area. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Read all the labels and cautions on all containers before you begin.

If you have broken or cracked areas, remove any stress on the area. This may require the removal of something attached to the area. Then try to brace and support the area so it is as close as possible to normal.

After the above is completed the repair can begin. Now you can apply some small patches on the inside of the surface to hold it in place. Place small 2 to 4 inch patches all around the area. These patches are nothing but fiberglass cloth saturated with resin. Allow them to cure over night. Keep the are well ventilated while curing.

You should now be able to remove the braces that were used to hold the area in the correct shape. Nothing should move when the bracing is removed, unless it was in a bind. If it's not the correct shape your patches can be cut out and you must start over again.

If everything looks good place another layer of fiberglass over all of the cracks from the inside. There is a product called Marine Tex that is good for repairs. It's similar to body putty but much stronger. I have used it quite a bit. Use this product to fill all of the cracks from the outside. After it has cured it can be sanded, but it is very hard so keep it level with the surface. It's easer to add more than to sand this product down. This product will look almost like the original finish when completed.

Repeat the procedure for each area needing repaired.

To repair a small screw hole use the marine tex only.
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Old 01-10-2003, 10:24 PM   #9
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Hi;:wave

Suz, I checked out West Marine and that with the information I got yesterday is a good start. I hope to start fiberglassing in February.

Mike, did your Boler have the little buttons or plastic covers on the outside? My '76 has none. My range of talents is very narrow, so thanks for the advice.

Ron, thank you for the advice. Things are starting to get clearer. I think I will make a list of what needs to be fiberglassed get my supplies and wait for the time to be right. Good ventiation in a garage in Northern Wisconsin in January and February, I don't think so. It has wood heat.

Thank you, it is so amazing to have people from around the country help you in short order.:ola

thank you again;:)
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Pat G,

Those little buttons or covers are called screw covers and are available at any hardware store.

There are two pieces: the screw (or rivet) goes through one piece like a plastic washer with a rim, the other piece snaps onto the rim to cover the screw (rivet). Use clear silicone to keep moisture out.
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My '72 Boler didn't have a single cover. I suspect it just wasn't done then. Course - it means you want to pay special attention to sealing up not only around the rivet but also the little hole in the middle that's left.

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Body shops and boat dealers

In case you aren't the do-it-yourself types ... don't overlook the fact that almost every town has a good "glass" man at a local body shop or boat dealer.

Fiberglass is an extremely economical "fix" at many of these shops ... particularly at a boat dealer during a "slow" period.

There are no expensive, back-ordered or obsolete parts to order ... just mix up some "mud" and get to work.
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Hi all;:wave

Morgan, you have a hardware store where you live. I am impressed. A full set of snap caps for a 13ft. Scamp 75 lg. and 20 sm. from Scamp is about $9.50. That is only the snap caps. A set of rivet, acorn nut, snap cap washer, and snap cap is .50 each from Scamp. I was told my someone, that the caps are used on plastic fences.

Mike, I was wondering when they started buting the snap caps on the little trailers. I have replaced all the snap caps on our 16 ft. There are screws instead of rivets on the 13 ft. I know I will be replacing the screws with rivets.

Charles, The reason I got the 13 ft. was to learn more about the trailer. Every time I work on the trailer I learn something new. So far, I have taken out the dinette, Taken out a tile floor, taken out a subfloor that was added and was rotten, taken out the front sofa, and sanded and painted part of the frame. I have more taking apart to do before I start putting it back together. The fiberglassing is that point where thing start going back together. I am looking forward to that point.:hap2

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Hi all;:wave

Morgan, you have a hardware store where you live. I am impressed. A full set of snap caps for a 13ft. Scamp 75 lg. and 20 sm. from Scamp is about $9.50. That is only the snap caps. A set of rivet, acorn nut, snap cap washer, and snap cap is .50 each from Scamp. I was told my someone, that the caps are used on plastic fences.
Pat,

I didn't know you were [b]that far in Northern WI :o No hardware stores, eh?

Actually, the prices from Scamp sound pretty good. I doubt I could get them cheaper at Ace Hardware. One advantage in buying the rivets from Scamp is that you know you're getting the right size. :thumb
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