Old tape deck hole in closet. How to repair? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-07-2018, 12:55 PM   #1
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Old tape deck hole in closet. How to repair?

Hi all. I'm a new Burro owner and a previous owner installed an old tape deck into the closet wall. I've removed the deck, but there is now an approximately 6-8 inch wide hole in the wall. I've watched a Tap Plastics video on how to repair holes like this, but is anyone aware of a kit that might be out there that repairs the fiberglass hole and the gelcoat wall? I don't want to buy gallons of resin and gelcoat. Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:14 PM   #2
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My theory on things like this is: if I can't fix it so that it looks good, then hide it. A plaque, art work, a wall hanging, or I've even had custom wood pieces made. Here's one example.
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:00 PM   #3
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I'm about to take a radio/cassette deck out of my camper and use the hole for my solar regulator. If you're considering getting solar in the future don't do a permanent fix on the hole save it for when you need it.
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:37 PM   #5
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My theory on things like this is: if I can't fix it so that it looks good, then hide it. A plaque, art work, a wall hanging, or I've even had custom wood pieces made. Here's one example.
Lol! We were thinking about putting up a picture or small mirror, but thought we would try our hands at repair. If it's too much of a pain in the rear, we will go this route.
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You could also just install a vent in the hole. Might have to trim it a bit but it should look like it was made for it.
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Old 09-07-2018, 04:56 PM   #7
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Put a wood plate on it with fold down coat hooks. A number of companies make them in stainless including Ikea. It will be a functional feature you will enjoy having in the trailer.
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Put in a CD-radio that fits the cut out. I love using the stereo in my burro.
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Old 09-08-2018, 12:14 PM   #10
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Photograph the tape deck, make an 8x10 print, frame it, and hang it over the opening.
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:09 AM   #11
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Well--you got a variety of answers there!

Fiberglass isn't hard to work with, but making the repair semi-invisible might be a real challenge. I wonder if a workable solution might be to create, in effect a radio-block-off-plate, and either glue or fiberglass that into the opening.

If it was me, and I was doing it to my U-Haul [similar to your Burro], I'd [1] start by getting a piece of rigid, smooth-faced plastic a little larger than your current tape deck hole.......[2] make it "tidy"--straight-sided, with slightly rounded corners.....[3] trace around it on your Burro's closet skin, and then slightly enlarge the existing hole to match your new plate, until the plate just fits the opening, and then tape it in place on the "good side" of things........[4] glue a patch on the inside of the closet that bridges over the gap between new and old.

If you want to do this with fiberglass, you can get a small kit [probably] in an auto repair store that deals in auto-body fillers and paint.

And then on the side that shows, you can mask off the surrounding area and spray-paint the new patch something close to the original color. It won't be exactly the same, and you'll see a thin seam-line, but it should look neat & tidy. And you'll have done a little f/g repair!

My two-cents-worth.............
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p.s. There's a really long thread on this site about f/g repair that I studied a lot before diving into my own project..... I think the author went by "Fiberglass Dave". Lot of good tips in there.
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Closet hole

Gee, I love that vent idea. Looks like it belongs, and is functional, kinda`
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I replaced the electric cord port on my LiteHouse with a male surface mounted plug. I patched the old hole using a piece of 1/4 plywood (coated with epoxy) as a backer. I used thickened epoxy to patch the hole. There was a lot of fairing and sanding involved. Instead of trying to match the oxidized gelcoat, I taped off and painted the patch and the area around it as a design accent.
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:53 AM   #14
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I had a cassette player in my boat that didn't work well. I removed it and placed a secondary breaker panel to power a few electronics. Just had to cut the hole a little larger.

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