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Old 06-24-2016, 12:06 PM   #197
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So basically leave what's there now, sand/grind that? Or remove it?
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:47 PM   #198
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Yes...push it around and down into shape as best you can....that flat area he's talking about looks like it may have been pushed up to high from inside after the accident? Yould know if a repair was done , so I ask.
Get it back to looking the part...back it inside with the wax paper and whatever as he said..start laying on cloth and resin. If prices are missing, maybe do them small ones first and it'll help hold the shape. It isn't really hard, you'll see. But it can get messy.
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:50 PM   #199
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Looking at the pics, I would leave it. The holes are large so I would go with a backing plate. Luan plywood works well as it is rigid yet it bends well. Anything really will work you just need to attach it to the inside.
Get rid of all the loose stuff. When you do your first application of mat and resin, let it harden well. Your first sand will take care of all the small fibers still poking up.
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Old 06-24-2016, 05:34 PM   #200
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So basically leave what's there now, sand/grind that? Or remove it?
I can't seem to enlarge the pics but it looks to me like its been repaired before. The large flat piece looks like a patch/fix from something that was removed. Perfect time to clean that up too.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:27 PM   #201
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Dave...I don't see a repair....I can kinda see where it contacted the overhang...the scuff mark across the front...and along the sides of that piece you can see where if it's pushed flat that'll mate up with the bottom under it...look at the tear closely. Doing that should cause the vertical piece to stand up like the rest....hold it in place and start gluing! A repair would never match the faded blue and scrapes ..I doubt it has been touched other than pushed up to high from underneath.
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Dave...I don't see a repair....I can kinda see where it contacted the overhang...the scuff mark across the front...and along the sides of that piece you can see where if it's pushed flat that'll mate up with the bottom under it...look at the tear closely. Doing that should cause the vertical piece to stand up like the rest....hold it in place and start gluing! A repair would never match the faded blue and scrapes ..I doubt it has been touched other than pushed up to high from underneath.
What looks like a patch to me is above the "WWW" and about 18" square with a lot of caulking around the edges. Was kind of hoping the OP had more info.
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Looking at the pics, I would leave it. The holes are large so I would go with a backing plate. Luan plywood works well as it is rigid yet it bends well. Anything really will work you just need to attach it to the inside.
Get rid of all the loose stuff. When you do your first application of mat and resin, let it harden well. Your first sand will take care of all the small fibers still poking up.
Don't do this...there is no way plywood or anything stiff should be used here...and do 3 layers minimum the first time...this is bad advice
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I see that Dave...I think the mark left to right is where it first contacted and went back ...I agree..be nice if the poster came on with some info. We shall see I guess
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Old 06-25-2016, 03:27 AM   #205
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So basically leave what's there now, sand/grind that? Or remove it?
What I think you need to do is follow the advice of D. White who started this thread. He has the experience to guide you through your fix step by step as he said he would.

The rest of us can watch and learn and be supportive without needing to be in control of it. What really matters is that the repair gets done. Because things need to be done in a very logical sequence for making the repair you need to stick to listening to just one mentor.
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Good advice KC, FG Dave knows his stuff and gives it freely. I would also add that there are a few threads here of other TTs repairs that had major damage from snow load ect. Folks have done a great job of adding pics and documentation of how they supported the broken pieces for repair. For someone that's never done FG work before the pics can fill in the blanks, it's the 1000 word thing.
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nvm....changed my mind
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Old 06-25-2016, 12:26 PM   #208
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What I think you need to do is follow the advice of D. White who started this thread. He has the experience to guide you through your fix step by step as he said he would.

The rest of us can watch and learn and be supportive without needing to be in control of it. What really matters is that the repair gets done. Because things need to be done in a very logical sequence for making the repair you need to stick to listening to just one mentor.
Thank you for this. The OP asked this thread (me) not the general forum. That is a huge difference because bad advice waters this thread down and may cause many people to not be successful when they could have been. I would like anyone to try fiberglass repair as I feel, with some right information, anyone can do it. However, I like others to start their OWN thread so that the general public can choose what they want to try from someone else's experience. I have 40 years experience to share, but I certainly don't know everything...May the forest be with you...Fiberglass Dave
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So basically leave what's there now, sand/grind that? Or remove it?

I hope you were not confused by all the falderal posts on your question and decided not to try the repair....Fiberglass Dave
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I hope you were not confused by all the falderal posts on your question and decided not to try the repair....Fiberglass Dave
I am not afraid to try and fail! I'm a sucker for never giving up until I learn that I can't do it or that I have done it!

No, I'm doing the repair, I just have another rig getting an engine replaced so the damaged one is currently on the road working daily, so I can't pull it off the road until my other rig is done hopefully next week. (waiting for engine to ship).

I think I'll buy my supplies this week though. Should I head to a marine supply store or auto-body supply store? Where is the best place to get the good stuff? AMAZON?

If y'all can come back to me when I'm ready that would be awesome. I am really hoping to get it completed by the 17th, we are having a photoshoot with all of our buses and I need her to look purty for the pictures!

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