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Old 09-17-2016, 04:31 PM   #29
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Someone mentioned using epoxy. But at this point in time stick to using the resin type that came with the repair kit.

Epoxy is good but more expensive and once you commit to it then you can't go back to the other type of resin. It is one of those situations where you need to stick to materials that belong to specific product lines of resin, fillers and gel coat that are meant to work together flawlessly.

Just go to Dave White's thread You Can Repair Fiberglass and stick with his instructions and the materials he says to use. Ask about the temperature range you can use them in as that is important to pay attention to being so far north with cold weather coming on quickly. He may have specific advice on do it now or wait until spring because of the weather. He is good about hand holding with beginners and even does phone conversations and private message instructions
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Old 09-17-2016, 04:47 PM   #30
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Someone mentioned using epoxy. But at this point in time stick to using the resin type that came with the repair kit.

Epoxy is good but more expensive and once you commit to it then you can't go back to the other type of resin. It is one of those situations where you need to stick to materials that belong to specific product lines of resin, fillers and gel coat that are meant to work together flawlessly.

Just go to Dave White's thread You Can Repair Fiberglass and stick with his instructions and the materials he says to use. Ask about the temperature range you can use them in as that is important to pay attention to being so far north with cold weather coming on quickly. He may have specific advice on do it now or wait until spring because of the weather. He is good about hand holding with beginners and even does phone conversations and private message instructions
That sounds great. I've decided to put it off till spring as poor weather conditions, time constraints and the aforementioned condo restrictions are just too much to work around.

Anyone here have a recommendation of what to put on it for time being - fresh silicone, or shall I message Dave?
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Old 09-17-2016, 11:11 PM   #31
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I'm the last person on earth you'd want advising on this, but I'd say avoid silicone as it's very hard to remove later and nothing will stick if not perfectly removed. Best of luck!
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:17 PM   #32
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Fiberglass tip courtesy of KC

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I hated fiberglass when I first started working with it and it frustrated me, I don't enjoy working with sticky messy stuff to begin with. But then one of the professional repair people in my neighborhood taught me a trick I use often and that has made it much easier. Cover a board or other work surface with some plastic sheeting. A cut open thick plastic garbage bag will do just fine, tape it down so it does not move. Cut a piece of the cloth. Lay it on the board. Spread some resin on it. The cloth will turn from white to looking more translucent when there is enough resin on it. You don't want it to have so much that it is dripping off when you pick it up. Now drape it on the object you want to cover and smooth it down.
This is a fantastic tip. I am still working on the belly band of my Ventura. I have to admit that I was dragging my feet with this job, not looking
forward to it at all. I have done a lot of patching on my trailer but this was haunting me. I thought that KC's suggestion sounded like a good way to go but when I tried it today, I was thrilled.
It makes the job so much easier and more manageable. I had the strips of mat ready to go and did the whole band once in just a half hour with no bubbling or buckling. Thanks KC!
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:56 AM   #33
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I'm the last person on earth you'd want advising on this, but I'd say avoid silicone as it's very hard to remove later and nothing will stick if not perfectly removed. Best of luck!
I've messaged Dave and haven't gotten a response. Another rainy cool weekend. If not silicone, what would you suggest for a temporary fix? I had to reapply silicone a couple of days ago before the rain came. I found the original silicone easy to remove. I'll have to chip off the brittle cracked gel coat and sand down when I do the repair in the spring. I'm sure I'll get the silicone removed.

The trailer is going out to its winter home today, an hour away.

Fingers crossed there's no damage in the spring!
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At this point, whatever you've used is fine. But to answer your question, I tend to choose RV specific caulks (Dicor or Proflex) - easy to find online.

Best of luck on the repairs and I look forward to an update in the Spring.
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:49 PM   #35
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This is a fantastic tip. I am still working on the belly band of my Ventura. I have to admit that I was dragging my feet with this job, not looking
forward to it at all. I have done a lot of patching on my trailer but this was haunting me. I thought that KC's suggestion sounded like a good way to go but when I tried it today, I was thrilled.
It makes the job so much easier and more manageable. I had the strips of mat ready to go and did the whole band once in just a half hour with no bubbling or buckling. Thanks KC!
The real thanks are owed to the professional fiberglass boat repair guy in my neighborhood who took time out of his very busy day to advise me on the easy way to do a repair job. I am just passing it along because his advise was really useful I used it again this week for patching over the last damaged area in my trailer that was on the inside vertical corner of a wheel well. So easy and quick and next to no mess to clean up.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:13 PM   #36
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Ok, I'm back in business finally! Out at the acreage and have sanded down the bad spots. It looks to me that the fiberglass is good and it was just the gel coat cracking. I'll try to find a away again to post pics for advice. I have Fiberglass supplies and gel coat with me. I need opinions as to weather I should put a layer or two of Fiberglass before I do the gel coat.
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The first pic, post #22, shows a solid grey blob in the middle of the line up be sanded. It's very hard, not Fiberglass. I wonder if it's marine Tex?
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:31 PM   #42
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Looks like I'm typing jibberish! Post #22 is actually showing the hard, smooth blob (that I'm wondering if it could be marine Tex) at the top.

Do I need to sand more on this corner to expose more?
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