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Old 04-23-2015, 07:01 AM   #1
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Where would one find a fiberglass body panel comparable to the fiberglass shell already in place? I want it to have similar strength to the surrounding fiberglass. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:37 AM   #2
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home depot ! they call it industrial bathroom panels .
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:07 AM   #3
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Both Lowes and Home Depot carry fiberglass inexpensive sheets but the kind they stock has a knobbly texture that may not be right for your project. Check out Plastic Sheet, Rod & Tube - Custom Fabrication - Fast Shipping | ePlastics®. They have a very wide selection of styles and thicknesses.
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Thanks! I will look into it.
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FRP, (fiber reinforced panels) that are available at home depot are not as thick as a fibreglass trailer would be. They are also not UV resistant. That is, they will weather in the sun.
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Maybe if you tell us what you have and what you are trying to do you will get a better answer. It sounds like you want something with which to repair a body shell.
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Where would one find a fiberglass body panel comparable to the fiberglass shell already in place? I want it to have similar strength to the surrounding fiberglass. Thanks in advance!
I'd check the local 'dump' where ours has rejected abandoned or damaged boats, available for salvage.
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Yes Bob. Trying to repair the exterior fiberglass camper shell.
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What area are you trying to repair? How about posting some pics.
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Old 04-23-2015, 02:27 PM   #11
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Sometimes you can use thin blue foam to hand lay up fiberglass on.
You can tape the foam to the back side and feather the edge on the existing part you want to match. The layup goes over this and will later be sanded smooth and flat to match the surface. For greater strength you then fiberglass the back and you have a stiff sandwich composite made in place.
I scarfed some of the internal fiberglass walls removed from my Scamp to fill in the many many cutouts in the camper. In this case I used heavy aluminum tape to hold the patched i place with the inside scarfed and layed up strips of fiberglass to bond them in place. The outside is relatively flush and I will use bondo to fair in the repair.



The above are examples of both sides of the patch behind the door where the big hole was. Sorry for the out of focus first shot, but you can get the idea.
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Thanks for the info. My patch would be a little larger (approx. 2' x 3'). Do you think that would be good enough to maintain the structural integrity of the shell? Actually, there is a 1" foam core behind the fiberglass shell already.

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A post months ago said that Scamp will sell "cut out's) from their manufacturing process. A refrigerator cut out or window cut out might help. You could give Scamp a call.
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Are you trying to fill in where refrigerator doors/vents were located?


Can you give us a hint about what trailer you are working on. Most list that in their personal info panel in the upper left corner
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