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Old 07-06-2012, 12:44 PM   #43
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I was amazed how two beginners like myself and my husband could fix all the fiberglass damage on our Scamp and have it come out looking like there was no damage at all! Of course, we were very thorough.

I would like to add that I purchased those "hotdog" paper boats from our Smart&Final store here, and found that the rectangular shape with the long straight edges was very helpful. We used the boats also for all of our bondo work and putty/glazing. We never had issues with mess or cleaning because we always used disposable materials.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:18 PM   #44
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until its ready for primer and paint...
Will you be providing any tips on doing gelcoat repairs like they do on boats?
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:37 PM   #45
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Will you be providing any tips on doing gelcoat repairs like they do on boats?
Good question...I'm having trouble figuring out what to do, as the thread gets added to with stuff I may or may not agree with. My goal was to have a bodywork thread and a finish thread. However, I have scaled it all back, as it is not that I know everything, but I do see many things come up on the web as fact that I deem trouble from my 35 years experience. The more a repair requires, the more precise the procedure. Any ideas readers?
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:13 PM   #46
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Good question...I'm having trouble figuring out what to do, as the thread gets added to with stuff I may or may not agree with. My goal was to have a bodywork thread and a finish thread. However, I have scaled it all back, as it is not that I know everything, but I do see many things come up on the web as fact that I deem trouble from my 35 years experience. The more a repair requires, the more precise the procedure. Any ideas readers?
This is one of the peculiarities of this site is that there does not seem to be any way for someone to put in a "tutorial" thread. For some reason the concept becomes highly resisted because it seems that the principle of "everyone has a right to post - no matter how ill informed or wrong-headed their advice" soon outweighs any concept of the Fiberglass RV.com site become any form of "one stop" useful advice.

I have been a moderator on two other sites and a person has to be somewhat of a well-regarded "expert" to be asked to become a mod. The mod's job is to examine each post for content and accuracy, to ensure that no bad advice is given and to make sure that the standards of the site as a "go to" site are respected (as well as to keep objectionable stuff off the net, etc.)

If this site were organized in a similar manner, I'd nominate you as a mod for a "bodywork" thread, with powers to delete "wrong info" postings. (or move such postings to another thread)

I'd suggest splitting into 2 threads - one where YOU only can post and one where people ask questions and you respond or moderate responses from others who may also have some "know how" - which, in terms of body work certainly eliminates me!

However, making such a change would mean a wholesale reorg of the site as mods would then be responsible for a sections such as "care & feeding" as opposed to being generalist enthusiasts/overall well regarded F/G owners/users as now

Perhaps if there were a technical advice section with specific mods or specific sub categories such as
plumbing
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glass bodywork
windows and seals
frames and running gear
propane
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:28 PM   #47
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This is one of the peculiarities of this site is that there does not seem to be any way for someone to put in a "tutorial" thread. For some reason the concept becomes highly resisted because it seems that the principle of "everyone has a right to post - no matter how ill informed or wrong-headed their advice" soon outweighs any concept of the Fiberglass RV.com site become any form of "one stop" useful advice.

I have been a moderator on two other sites and a person has to be somewhat of a well-regarded "expert" to be asked to become a mod. The mod's job is to examine each post for content and accuracy, to ensure that no bad advice is given and to make sure that the standards of the site as a "go to" site are respected (as well as to keep objectionable stuff off the net, etc.)

If this site were organized in a similar manner, I'd nominate you as a mod for a "bodywork" thread, with powers to delete "wrong info" postings. (or move such postings to another thread)

I'd suggest splitting into 2 threads - one where YOU only can post and one where people ask questions and you respond or moderate responses from others who may also have some "know how" - which, in terms of body work certainly eliminates me!

However, making such a change would mean a wholesale reorg of the site as mods would then be responsible for a sections such as "care & feeding" as opposed to being generalist enthusiasts/overall well regarded F/G owners/users as now

Perhaps if there were a technical advice section with specific mods or specific sub categories such as
plumbing
electrical
glass bodywork
windows and seals
frames and running gear
propane
etc
Since this is my FAVORITE site, I vote for no changes...I don't know everything and don't have the desire to become an expert, only to devise steps from my experience that will work for the first timer, and not cost them an arm and a leg to improve their trailer. Some good ideas above, but too radical for me right now. Thank you for the acceptance.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:39 PM   #48
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This is one of the peculiarities of this site is that there does not seem to be any way for someone to put in a "tutorial" thread.
There might be Dave.

Can a moderator make the thread a sticky and lock it. Then as the other Dave has another post ready, a moderator can add it to the thread. If they can split and merge threads, they should be able to merge new posts into a locked thread.

One way to allow discussion would be to put a link in the original post to a second thread also as a sticky but unlocked. E.g. You can repair fiberglass - discussion.

Multiple Dave's reminds me of the Bob Newhart thing. This is my brother Darryl and my other brother Darryl.
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Anyone know major retailers where I can get fiberglass mat. The places I'm looking, Home Depot, Autoparts places, hardware stores all have the same thing Bondo products and 3M cloth. No mat to be found. No choices in resin.

I have filled some small holes with the Bondo resin and all but one seem to have bonded well, one little hole popped out. I may have gotten some silicon remover down in that hole that prevented a good chemical bond.

What are the disadvantages of cloth? I'm not doing large repairs on the shell, but small things.
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Anyone know major retailers where I can get fiberglass mat. The places I'm looking, Home Depot, Autoparts places, hardware stores all have the same thing Bondo products and 3M cloth. No mat to be found. No choices in resin.
I found fiberglass mat at Home Depot and our other local hardware store. When all else fails there is alway online!
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I found fiberglass mat at Home Depot and our other local hardware store. When all else fails there is alway online!
Mat not cloth? May have to do some calling around....
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Are you close to any marine supply places or autobody suppliers?
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319831[/URL]]Are you close to any marine supply places or autobody suppliers?
Not too many Marine anything here in New Mexico, but there are autobody shops on most corners it seems, they must get their supplies somewhere. Most places will probably be closed for the weekend, but I might try NAPA, they often cater to pros more than Autozone, O'Riely's

Is there a specific reason to avoid cloth in favor of mat? Repairing mat I could see why you'd want mat, but for just making some modifications or reinforcing some woodwork?
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My Bad.
Your profile reads California, I assumed you might be close to some water.
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Not too many Marine anything here in New Mexico, but there are autobody shops on most corners it seems, they must get their supplies somewhere. Most places will probably be closed for the weekend, but I might try NAPA, they often cater to pros more than Autozone, O'Riely's

Is there a specific reason to avoid cloth in favor of mat? Repairing mat I could see why you'd want mat, but for just making some modifications or reinforcing some woodwork?

I am just trying to show people how to repair their trailers correctly and cheaply. Weave has it's place in the industry and for many things mat shouldn't be used but weave should...the illustrated repairs and most everything having to do with our trailers, you should use mat...ymmv
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I am just trying to show people how to repair their trailers correctly and cheaply. Weave has it's place in the industry and for many things mat shouldn't be used but weave should...the illustrated repairs and most everything having to do with our trailers, you should use mat...ymmv

oops, Im on Lori's computer...sorry
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