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Old 03-12-2016, 08:55 AM   #57
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as far as wood penetration, I am not sure... it seems like there is better availability of epoxy products specificity designed to soak into wood... It is the reason I struggled with the choice between epoxy and poly. Eventually I just decided that the original manufacture worked out pretty well and moved to emulate it
I used the bondo resin to glass all new floors to the body of our Boler and it worked well, however, I used Bondo filler to seal a riser I made for our roof vent out of several layers of untreated plywood and that stuff did not bond well, it cracked and peel away within a month...should have coated it with resin before apply the filler I guess...all of the resin is still in tack to the wood flooors with no problems at all...oh and i used it also with some tabs for the cabinets and bathroom walls to with good results...
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:09 AM   #58
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So Davie, what is the wet team, and what are you going to do with it? Also sent you a pm.

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The wet team consists of thin penetrating Epoxy to seal the wood, and thickened epoxy putty to glue the wood to the fiberglass bottom.


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Old 03-13-2016, 07:45 PM   #60
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When I redid my floor I went with the grind down to flat rather than use filler to raise up... I think it was the right way to go, however i wanted to share a little.

First off I used a 24 grit flat wheel on an angle grinder to do most of the heavy removal. worked well, was a dust cloud nightmare. Donít try this in a suburban front yard or anywhere up wind of anything that you donít want covered in dust. Buy the shop-vac filter that is waterproof and can be hosed off.

The dust and the trailer are staticly attracted to each other, the dust worked its way into unimaginable places... if you can, tape off everything, cover it in plastic or something... I had mold issues as well and had assumed I would be scrubbing every surface anyway so I hadnít worried about the dust. Keep as much as you can covered and dust excluded, its not worth biologically contaminated areas that also will make you itchy for a week.

The regular bondo filler is fine, it is so much easier to work with than the fiber re-enforced kind... The truth is if you need the extra strength, build up the strength with mat and use the bondo to make the shape. Whenever I could, I used glass under and above anywhere I used filler

I bit the bullet and got some 24 grit pads and a backer for my angle grinder. You're right about the dust. I'm off to buy a shop vac and a better respirator tomorrow.


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Old 03-16-2016, 04:25 PM   #61
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I'm making good headway prepping the trailer for the new plywood and epoxy. Now I need to figure out how to transfer the rounded corners of the trailer to the pieces of plywood that need to be glued in place. Sadly, I didn't pay a whole lot of attention in math class.


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Old 03-16-2016, 04:54 PM   #62
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Okay, that's what Paul is doing right now, today! HE was able to salvage the original floor -- well, all but the front piece, and got some old plywood from a neighbor. He laid the originals down on the "new/old" and traced around it, then cut it, and laid it loose inside and tweaked and marked and trimmed it.
He had it in and out of the trailer several times.

Finally he even added bits of cardboard where
the original was too small; then he traced it onto the good ply (being sure which side went UP) and cut carefuly with a jigsaw. The big back piece needed only one cut, for length, as it fits on the amerigo floor at 4 feet wide, so no other cutting. Nice. .

BUT...you can make patterns out of cardboard or even heavy paper...You can use brown grocery bags if you have them, even. tape it together if you have to. Remember which direction and how big your ply is...(most is 4 x 8) -- there's really no math involved, just make your pattern oversized to start with, and nip away at it in place, kind of.

I hope this is clear enough? It's easier in person...

Let us know how this goes!

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Old 03-17-2016, 02:13 PM   #63
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The best way I have found is a method I stole from boatbuilding blogs using a thing called "joggle sticks". I am going to try to post a link ( so far I have never been successful at posting links ). If the link doesn't work just google boatbuilding with joggle sticks. Lee joggle stick ( miracle it worked )
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Hi, Lee Senn and all:

JOGGLE STICKS -- Yes, I rmember this! We saw this online a while back. We were lucky in that we had most of the old pieces, though we hated letting them touch anything. AND, while this works great, you can also use cardboard and/or heavy paper and put an oversized piece in there and then cut away and tape on pieces until you get it right, too. Not as elegant, but it works.

You did great with your link! Worked super! And again, agree, it's a great way to make a pattern.

Paul has the whole floor fit, cut, and in place now; next comes fiberglassing the edges. WOW!
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:45 PM   #65
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The best way I have found is a method I stole from boatbuilding blogs using a thing called "joggle sticks". I am going to try to post a link ( so far I have never been successful at posting links ). If the link doesn't work just google boatbuilding with joggle sticks. Lee joggle stick ( miracle it worked )

That's brilliant. Thank you. Being a visual learner, I went looking for a video and found this one on YouTube. This one is called a tick stick but appears to be the same gizmo.

http://youtu.be/BeVgByMnAqM

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Old 03-20-2016, 07:57 PM   #66
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:12 PM   #67
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Just a little footnote on the joggle sticks, although all the photos, videos and info on the sticks showed them with the notches I just cut them with plain old square tails and they seemed to perform quite well in that format. Not a big deal but might make cutting the joggle sticks a little easier. There will be some overlap of the sticks but not that difficult to deal with. Lee
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Yes. I had the notches in the wrong places and ended up making a tick mark on the stick as my guide.


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Old 03-29-2016, 06:27 AM   #69
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