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Old 06-22-2003, 08:48 PM   #57
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Hi Nancy
Thats correct.I also use the cloth with it.I like using it.:wave
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Old 06-22-2003, 09:16 PM   #58
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Hi All
I finnally got my door project finnished.Originally door sagged about 1 inch and was not square in opening.The other problem was the curved door at bottom was about 1 inch or more away from closing tight.A lot of talk has gone on about how to fix this problem.I broke the wall away and moved wall to door curvature.I braced wall apart and fiberglassed in gap on both sides of door.I also moved the silver door still towards door. I fiber glassed a piece of plywood into place and reinstalled still.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ef66269c3823D1.jpg/>


<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ef6627aaff56d2.jpg/>

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Old 06-22-2003, 09:25 PM   #59
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The finnished product is beyound my expectations.Door closes tight all around.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ef664616dad6d5.jpg/>

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ef664751c9d8d6.jpg/>

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<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ef6649f22d0bd8.jpg/>

I hope these photos help others with there door problems.This was a 8 hr job.I enjoyed the results of this effort.I would do it again.
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Old 06-23-2003, 08:00 AM   #60
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Whoe! that is great. :thumb

Now how about a bump out to inlarge the front bunks then once you get going, you could cut the top off and add some more height.
(teasing Ches. I love that redone door, but it does make my mind see beyond the norm)
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Old 06-23-2003, 09:05 AM   #61
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Orginally posted by Nancy D

Is fiberglass resin like bondo that the more hardener you put in the faster it dries? *I can remember years ago when working with bondo if you were a newbie at it, we were, you could use less hardener and it would give a longer working time.
Nancy
The problem with adding more hardener with fiberglass is that it cures too fast and becomes brittle, and consequently isn't as strong. Fiberglass is an exothermic reaction so if you mix too much, it gets too hot which also affects the integrity. In extreme cases, I've seen it get so hot as to melt the tupperware container it was mixed in. I find that the most I can mix and work with before it starts to gel up, is about 1/4 cup.

If working with cloth, cut your cloth to shape first, then mix your resin. Use disposable paint brushes and a sheet of cardboard. Brush some resin on the cardboard, then place the cloth on the resin, and then impregnate the cloth with resin using the paintbrush until the cloth becomes somewhat translucent. then with the brush, pickup the cloth and position it on the spot you're repairing (unless the piece is big enough to want to slide off the brush, then you'll have to use your fingers). Using the end of the bristles on the brush, dab the cloth until it blends in and all the airholes are gone. You can brush some more epoxy on the surface to smoothen it off once you're finished layering your cloth. Having a thicker layer of resin on the top layer of cloth, also gives you some sanding room so you don't take off too much of the cloth.

After each round of cloth, I soak the brush in acetone while I'm preparing the next cut of cloth and mixing resin. When I'm ready to start, I shake the brush dry and get started.

I did about 12 layers of cloth to fix the drivers side rear corner of my Boler before I painted the outside. You can see the damaged piece in these pictures: http://www.beer.org/boler/

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional body man or fiberglasser. I was taught how to do repairs by a boat builder in Sidney BC and the skill has come in immensely handy over the years.

Hope that's helpful.
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Old 06-23-2003, 09:19 AM   #62
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Great, thanks Herb. The closest thing I've done is a resin lamp back in the 70's it was FUN. but it had a mold. this sounds kind of like papier-mâché.
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Old 06-25-2003, 12:03 AM   #63
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Jana,

You can put your mixed can of resin in a container or ice & water to slow down the reaction time, while still giving it a proper ratio of catalyst to resin, as per Herb's very good instructions. It'll heat up to outside tempreture and more very fast after you apply it.
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Old 07-04-2003, 05:38 PM   #64
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My project continues.


<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f0600b519c1d13boler2.jpg/>
What previous owner had done to top.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f0600d2b9f8f13boler1.jpg/>
Piece ready to splice in.

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New top to go on with stove and sink to be installed.
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Old 07-04-2003, 09:26 PM   #65
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Wow, Ches, you're really putting some work into that. That door fix is great. That new counter top looks nice, too.
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Old 07-04-2003, 11:53 PM   #66
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Lookin' good!

Hi Ches, your new counter is looking great.

Do you have the side window removed too, kinda looks like it in the picture?

Hey, I have another dumb question for you. I was noticing on one of the pictures of your door that the window is a bit pock marked in the bottom right, mine's exactly the same way. What do you suppose it's from?
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Old 07-05-2003, 12:27 AM   #67
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Hi Lainey
That pock marks is from having door window opened then opening door and it hits the wall of your RV.I have a new one to replace it.

Yes side windows are removed and to be installed after we paint.
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:35 PM   #68
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Counter repaired.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f078a70d6d90counter3.jpg/>
Before

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f078a8b61a95counter1.jpg/>

Repaired


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First coat of paint(TEST)
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Old 07-05-2003, 09:38 PM   #69
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Hi All
The first lesson i learned was not to be afraid of fiberglass repairs.If you make a mistake just sand out and start again.:wave
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Old 07-06-2003, 08:28 AM   #70
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Paint

Ches, that looks good. What type of paint did you use?
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