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Old 09-11-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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What solvent is safe for use with fibreglass?

I would like to redo the windows on all my Trilliums. People talk about carefully peeling away the ensolite. I would like to dissolve the contact cement and not risk damaging the ensolite, or the fibreglass.

Actually I have a couple of places I want to peel back the ensolite. I would like to re-attach the stuff that has sagged on both the Cantaloupe and the Wedding Gift. To do that I will need to pull it down in places, so I can clean off the left over contact cement on both the ensolite and the fibreglass, then apply new contact cement.

Anyone have suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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I would like to redo the windows on all my Trilliums. People talk about carefully peeling away the ensolite. I would like to dissolve the contact cement and not risk damaging the ensolite, or the fibreglass.

Actually I have a couple of places I want to peel back the ensolite. I would like to re-attach the stuff that has sagged on both the Cantaloupe and the Wedding Gift. To do that I will need to pull it down in places, so I can clean off the left over contact cement on both the ensolite and the fibreglass, then apply new contact cement.

Anyone have suggestions?
I'd start with mineral spirits, aka paint thinner. I that doesn't work, I'd try lacquer thinner (try in an inconspicuous place). If that doesn't work, try acetone, ditto trial first.
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Acetone!
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:57 PM   #4
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Second the acetone - that's what I use
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:39 PM   #5
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I know firsthand acetone won't hurt the gel coat or plexi... but I don't know about the ensolite.
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Yes, I would like the Ensolite to survive to be glued again. I wish I had a piece to try out various options on.

This brings up the next part of the question. What contact cement should I use to re-attach it?
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I don't know about Trilliums but on Scamps the ensolite is inside the closet and runs into the underseat storage. Behind the over head storage (but without a seam there).

These may be locations you can use to refine and test your removal technique and/or solvent where it won't show.

I too am wondering about the best glue to use, replacing the scamp bunk wood shelf and will have to peel some ensolite up and out of the way for the job.
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