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Old 11-16-2015, 04:47 PM   #15
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West system epoxy is expensive and not necessary. I'd stay with polyester resin and glass mat. These are available at most car repair places.

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I just had some fiberglass work done on my trailer. If you're really concerned about playing with fiberglass go to a boat repair shop. I don't play with fiberglass because I don't have the safety equipment needed.
Byron, what safety equipment is needed?
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Old 11-16-2015, 04:56 PM   #16
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Well...for repairs, he already got the epoxy fiberglass...and that's what he used in shop class oh, so many decades ago...it doesn't have the cute little pumps, though. I'm beyond caring if the supplies are "cute."


Safety equipment...he already has: rubber/latex gloves, industrial respirator with fiberglass/bleach/etc. cartridges, goggles, long sleeves, and a "healthy" fear of the chemicals-- And there's the rub, his fear has been too healthy, all the way to, apparently, pathological. I think all your advice here has helped a lot....


He said he WILL begin with the bondo-hair tomorrow, he said he's done a lot of bondo (2-part) before, and feels comfortable with it. So that'd be good!


31 holes to go.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:27 PM   #17
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A few years back (about 411 BCE) a guy by the name of Aristophanes described a proven solution to the kind of problem you are having when he wrote the play Lysistrada.


Google the title and show your other half Ms. Lysistrada's solution to her problem. I am sure he will get the hint and will get with the program in short order.


If it can stop a war, it can certainly get the fiberglass work started..... LOL
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:19 PM   #18
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Dave (D.White) has written a terrific thread just for YOU. Check it out: You Can Repair Fiberglass


Lots of great pics too!
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:18 AM   #19
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Kai, my Dad told me over 50 years ago something that has served me well ever sense. "Don't be afraid to try it, there is always someone that can fix it". I've had to call in the cavalry a couple times but after watching them I found that I had the same idea but just wasn't sure. Cost me a few bucks but I just added it to my list of "Lifes learning experiences". Learning to finish drywall or concrete is a hands on thing....a book or video can give you the basics but only hands on and doing it will gain you the knack of a good finish. FG is the same, it's pretty easy, can be a bit messy, a little smelly and can make you itch some but it sure isn't rocket science. Tell your hubby to get to it already....it won't fix itself .
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Old 11-17-2015, 06:02 AM   #20
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No disrespect intended...This problem might be a fear of failure rather than a fear of fiberglass!
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:32 AM   #21
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Kai in Seattle, are you sure you're not talking about MY husband who is also in Seattle? We went through an identical scenario this past summer. All supplies and more purchased but just sitting, no repairs started. I finally started getting quotes from the multitude of boat shops in the area. Talk about budget busters! I set a deadline for the work since I planned to take a solo 2000 mile roadtrip to CA.....if he didn't get it done by then I would shell out the $$$$ to have the boat guys do it. That finally kicked him into action. So here's a tip - get him started on a cosmetically easy spot. For us it was the wheel well. Mostly hidden, it didn't need to be perfect. That did the trick. Once he got started he found it wasn't as hard as expected. He finished the repairs on time.
BTW, we found a great fiberglas guy over in Port Orchard, retired, works from his home, a 40 year Corvette hobbyist who does lovely work at a fraction of the price of boat guys. We had him do some more challenging spots like re sculpting the fin that runs along the side of our Burro. Let me know if you want his contact info.
Maybe we should set up a fiberglassing party in Seattle...once the weather improves.
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sheeesh! woman....

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Old 11-17-2015, 02:36 PM   #23
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D. White (Dave) on this site has written a clear and comprehensive description on fiberglass repair. If you follow his advice you'll have a sound repair and do it safely.
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Donna, Hi, Ashland Ed (from Oregon, yaay, I'm an Oregonian once upon...) D. White's thread of 12 pages is very helpful. Read all the way through, Paul read it, too, especially good tips for us on using panels for the biggest holes--good photos. Thanks for the referral.


The idea of safety is first in our minds, that was part of the problem. It helped a lot to hear so many people saying it's OK, it's OK, use normal safety precautions and you don't really need a full-on Haz-Mat suit or spacesuit. The fiberglass filter cartridges for his industrial respirator are good enough...etc.


That all helped.


Also, Bob Miller, Lysistrata, a classic example! LOL Were we a BIT younger, might work even better than the stomach route...as it is, six of one, half-dozen, etc.


Francois, hilarious, we loved it.


Marcia, yes, a good idea, really, when the rain and wind abates! Maybe we Seattleites can get together for a fiberglassing party one day!


Linda, yes, fear of failure is part of it, the suggestions you can always sand/grind it out again and it's already bad, you can hardly make it a lot worse was all very helpful!


Borrego Dave, thanks! It won't fix itself! Good saying!


Dave Tilston--Dave W, he got some generic resin and hardener at a local boatyard, and it turns out to be epoxy. He also got Bondo-Hair fiberglass Bondo.


Everyone else from the previous page--THANK YOU, TOO!
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In spite of the rain and wind today (if this trailer shell's a rockin,' Paul won't be out there a caulkin...' Paul went out after lunch and filled SIX holes!


YAAY!


TWENTY-FIVE HOLES TO GO!
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In spite of the rain and wind today (if this trailer shell's a rockin,' Paul won't be out there a caulkin...' Paul went out after lunch and filled SIX holes!


YAAY!


TWENTY-FIVE HOLES TO GO!

So what did he have to say about it??? Easy peasy???
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:23 PM   #28
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Anyone have any tips about mixing and laying down fiberglass that could help my husband get over what we've realized is a "fear of fiberglassing?"


We didn't know he was afraid of the chemicals until he'd bought all the products he's likely to need, has gloves, long sleeves, goggles, and new filters for an industrial respirator, but came home with even bigger and more expensive filters and even then--delayed. Delayed? Simply didn't get started.

He has yet to try patching even the tiniest spot of fiberglassing, and we have at least 31 holes, large and small, to get filled before we can proceed to other things...

Anyone else afraid of fiberglassing? He's watched at least 11 tutorials online about it, including ones referenced here, and keeps saying, "Oh, OK, NOW I see!" but he just won't start.

Any help? Words of encouragement?

Would shaming or a whip help? I've tried bribes, but the man is iron-clad integrity-filled; that $20 I was waving at him didn't cut any ice at all!

Thanks!

(In his defense, I admit he finally taped over the biggest, lowest holes so the mice don't get in. But that's not "quite" the right thing.)
Wow, I wish we lived close together and I would come over and help him get started!
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