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Old 05-17-2006, 05:30 PM   #1
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OK, this may be a dumb question, but with all these modifications, like closet shelves, front and back shelves and such, are you all drilling in to the fiberglass to fix these shelves in place?

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Old 05-18-2006, 12:02 AM   #2
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Daisy, I haven't posted anything on my shelves, but I put some in the closet in my 13' Burro and I drilled two holes on each side of the closed for each shelf. I used very small bolts to attach shelf supports inside the closet for each shelf. I put a little dot of white paint on each bolt head to help hide them.

I also considered a strong glue, but went witht he little bolts instead.

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Old 05-18-2006, 08:00 AM   #3
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I don't mind drilling into interior fiberglass for mounting and hanging. But I don't like drilling through the outer skin.

What I do is glass in a piece of wood on the flat areas. I just use the regular fiberglass cloth, but instead of mixing up the two-part resin, I have had good luck with polyurethane glue (Gorilla Glue is the heavily advertised brand, but others work just as well).

I just cut the fiberglass so it overlaps the size of the wood by about an inch. Then I lightly saturate the glass with glue and stick it over the wood and smooth it onto the fiberglass around the wood.

This works good for patching holes also. Patch on the inside. When the glue is set up, Bondo can be used on the outside to fill the depression.

For the curved parts, I use 3/8 inch rubber air compressor hose. I cut it to length, rough it up with a bench grinder and glass it in. It takes wood screws just fine.

If you do this, wear thin gloves. The polyurethane will stain your skin dark brown. It won't wash off. It has to wear off. Takes a couple of weeks.
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Old 05-18-2006, 08:51 AM   #4
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How about these?
http://www.geocities.com/bolerama/trilliumcloset.html
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Old 05-18-2006, 01:14 PM   #5
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Great link - thanks! Looks really easy!

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Old 05-19-2006, 08:31 AM   #6
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OK, this may be a dumb question, but with all these modifications, like closet shelves, front and back shelves and such, are you all drilling in to the fiberglass to fix these shelves in place?

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Hey, Daisy, there's no such thing as a dumb question here! Everything is up for discussion and the collective wisdom of this group is just amazing!

Ask away!

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Old 05-19-2006, 09:20 AM   #7
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Right. No such thing as a dumb question.

I also have a question about fiberglass.

I recently removed a modification done to the TV shelf by the previous owner. He had drilled into the fiberglass above the shelf to insert two lengths of 3/8" threaded rod. I removed those and now I have the two very small holes where the threaded rod was attached. Is there any way to patch those holes? Can you buy some kind of fiberglass mix to fill them in? If so, is there any way to match the white fiberglass? Or an approximation, at any rate?
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Old 05-19-2006, 09:32 AM   #8
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Consider using Evercoat Formula 27. I think it's great, strong stuff for patching, used in the fiberglass boat business, but the really good news is that it is near white in color. Here's a link.

http://www.boatersworld.com/webapp/wcs/sto...ULA+27&x=33&y=7
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