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Old 11-16-2015, 01:04 PM   #1
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Fear of Fiberglaassing

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.)
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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Bust out that flapper wheel on a grinder and start the prep work yourself. This was my first fiberglass work - a tree had fallen into my trillium before i bought it.

wear long sleeves when grinding, buy cheap brushes for the resin work, the rest is really covered in the how to's , its not that tough.





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Old 11-16-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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With the tremclad rec white - its about a 10 foot job, most people would never notice it now that the trailer is cleaned up - some day i'll get around to shaving the belly band and painting the whole exterior, but its in really good shape, so i'm just living with it for now.
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WOW! HUGE hole, GREAT looking job, beautiful at the end!


You know, it's funny I never thought of starting it myself. Good idea.
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #5
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Best way to motivate a man is through his stomach. Go out and circle 3 holes that need fixing and tell him when they are done you will fix him XXX for dinner. (fill in whatever he likes best)

Fiberglass work isn't hard or even challenging. Its already screwed up so you can only make it better. If you don't like how it comes out you get out the grinder and remove it. It takes 10 seconds to remove any mistakes that you don't like. Its not like your fixing a boat where everything you do is structural and if it leaks your boat sinks and you drown.

My gal will work with me on this stuff. It makes the work much more fun. If you can frost a cake you can do fiberglass work.

Once you get the holes filled its the smoothing out that's allot tougher. Even though if you screw it up you just add more.

So much information online there is no reason to be hesitant to jump in and get it done.

The only thing I caution is flammability of the chemicals and solvents.
don't mix more than what you need and keep the stuff away from flame and high heat source. The more ventilation you have the better.
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Just how big are the holes. Small holes can be filled with body puddly (Bondo or JB Weld)

Debit did a most excellent job on his large hole. Looks professional.
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Just how big are the holes. Small holes can be filled with body puddly (Bondo or JB Weld)

Debit did a most excellent job on his large hole. Looks professional.
Darwin's right, smaller things can be filled with a fiberglass reinforced filler, such as this:

Bondo Bondo-Hair Long Strand Fiberglass Reinforced Body Filler quart 762
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Offer for baked goods upcoming; circled several of the smallest floor holes. Planning to take down his grinder thing and see if I can hook it to the air compressor...that alone ought to get him "involved," touching his tool!


Wait, that sounded wrong, somehow.


Well, we'll see what happens next! Thanks!


Oh, he came home and showed me he HAS a can of the Bondo Hair for fiberglass, (good to know it's the right stuff...) it's brand new, he just bought it. He's saying things I'm not sure I understand, like "Then Help Frenzies About" or "When Hell Freezes Over..." but then again, there's those baked goods on offer...


I think he just likes buying the products. And there's still the grinder waiting to be hooked up...that ought to get him going!



Oh--most of the holes are quite small...one is quite big, like 24 x 37, but we have an old fiberglass panel to "mostly " fill it, so it's not as bad as it looks.




PS. He went for the whole-grain breakfast biscuits, and says, "Maybe tomorrow!" Will update.
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Tell him you contacted a boat fiberglass repairman and he will B out next week to start work. If that don't get him off the couch then co tact a boat fiberglass repairman and invite him over.
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Old 11-16-2015, 03:22 PM   #10
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Get some scrape and practice. It is a bit of an art form and while many can do an acceptable job right form the start, having some practice under your belt will not only build confidence but help in producing a better finish.
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LOL! If he doesn't get going tomorrow, I'll tell him that!


8)




And..right, some of the circled holes barely go through the shell and will be under the floor plywood (some day!), so how they come out isn't very important...they'd be great trial spots. I'll double circle them.


He seems to realize the time is arriving when the dreaded fiberglass must be faced. 31 holes to go.
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Old 11-16-2015, 03:53 PM   #12
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Lee here, Twin Falls Idaho. You are blessed in Seattle to have several wooden boatbuilding functions . Suggest husband sign on to visit or participate in the fiberglassing section of a build. In the alternative I bet there are a few, or a bunch, of forum members in Seattle who would be willing to give husband a short "how to " clinic . I built a small teardrop trailer and the big hang up for me was visualizing how to accomplish the desired project. I imagine there are several videos on this forum of fiberglass repairs ( I don't know exactly where they are but maybe other forum members can help ). If not on this forum other sites, West Epoxy Systems, comes to mind may provide such videos. If your husband is like me seeing how to do it can open the door to getting it done. Lee
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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.
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Thanks, yes, the West Epoxy systems videos are quite good...




That's an idea, to go to a boatyard (we do have one or two around here) and let him get his feet wet, so to speak.


He has "all" the safety equipment; I'm waiting for him to bring home a full haz-mat suit or a moon-walking spacesuit...


He used to do fiberglassing when he was in shop in high school! That's what baffles me...and he swears he WANTS to do this! If he'd been at all reluctant to start with, we wouldn't even have looked at an egg!


Maybe it was the presence of the shop teacher that lent him confidence. Good idea to ask around for a person-to-person tutorial. OR, maybe if he just starts with the two-part bondo-hair...it's a paste, so shouldn't feel so lively, maybe.


I'll suggest all these things to him.


Thanks! 31 holes to go.
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