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Old 03-04-2013, 01:07 PM   #15
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Could use the spot to wire in an ac and dc plugs... Never know when You will have use for them!

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Old 03-04-2013, 01:14 PM   #16
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I say if you feel okay with trying your hand at fiberglass work, go for it! Sand the outside as smooth as you can, Bondo where needed, get the best spray-paint match you can find for color, and don't worry too much about it, unless you are planning to take the trailer to some kind of Super Fancy Trailer Show.

Or, you could patch it up, squirt on some paint, and then put a big sticker on that spot if you don't want the fiberglass patch to show.

And if some owner in the future wants a hole in that spot, it's pretty easy to make a new hole.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:30 PM   #17
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I patched some large openings in my Trillium, including the heater hole:

1978 Trillium 4500 restoration ...

I decided at the start to paint the whole trailer, so I wasn't worried about matching gelcoat.

It will be very hard for you to fiberglass/gelcoat in place. The problem will be that the gelcoat, glass will want to flow downward since your surface is vertical.

I prepared fiberglass "patch" panels flat on a work table. These were cut to the size of the hole. I screwed thru the trailer wall, and the new patch into some wood blocks to provide temporary mounting. Then I applied fiberglass around the seam of the patch with lots of overlap. Careful not to glass in the wood if you don't mean to. Wood blocking is removed when things are set/dry.

Lastly, I applied bondo to the outside seam and temporary drill holes and sanded smooth.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:02 PM   #18
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I 14th the hatch or re purposing ideas, but if you don't want that, you can do what we used to call in the used RV biz.."an old gypsy trick". Glass in the hole to the best of your ability then put a flat louvered type vent cover over it. Lowes and home depot have them akimbo. It will look like it is supposed to be there, but it has no purpose other than cosmetic. They are paintable.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:14 PM   #19
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IF proficiency in glass repairs (both structural and cosmetic) is one of your desires, why not? IF you shake when you think about catalyzing a pot of polyester, go with the cover plate, louvre, grill, smiley face or whatever. An expected discontinuity (typical thru hull or furnace exhaust grill) is superior to a patch that isn't. Don't use an old license plate; it ain't a corn crib.

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Old 03-04-2013, 05:40 PM   #20
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tape

if you are painting anyway try the fiberglass

One thing i learned over the years building kayaks is that fiberglass will not stick to clear packing tape.

So coat anything you do not want covered with the tape first
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:20 PM   #21
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[QUOTE=jen b;366734]
Or, you could patch it up, squirt on some paint, and then put a big sticker on that spot if you don't want the fiberglass patch to show.

this is exactly what I did on our Uhaul, because matching the original color with paint was near impossible. I removed a antenna from the left side near the top, fiberglassed the hole and put on a Good Sam sticker. On the rear where the trailer had been damaged and poorly fixed I made a better repair and covered it with a RecVee decal that Goosler made for me. I had to do similar "hide the old PO screwups" on our '46 teardrop when we did the restoration, put on something that looks like it belongs there to cover it up. Wife likes the light I put in our old furnace vent hole, switch inside by the door.
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If you do decide to fiberglass the hole, I like the idea of making a patch on a horizontal surface, let it cure, then cut to shape of hole. Glass mat over on the back side to secure it, then Bondo the front irregularities. This would contain the area to be patched and painted. Otherwise the patch starts to grow (at least in my experience).
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:45 PM   #23
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Are you going Canadian on us?
I am Canadian and have been for 43 years, before which I grew up in England!

May I ask the point of your question ?
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I am Canadian and have been for 43 years, before which I grew up in England!

May I ask the point of your question ?
I think if you look back you'll see that Tom's question was directed towards Deryk, and vis-a-vis Deryk's adoption of y'all's extra "u" thing in words like color, honor, etc.

Though NOT, I notice, in such words as "horror".

Get some consistency, why dontcha?!?!

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Placing a glass plug in the hole, glassing over inside, and filling exterior seam and irregulatiry with either resin or bondo and painting will look good thru about one year of weather and seasonal temperature cycles until the seam opens as a crack. Avoiding the crack means grinding away some adjacent gelcoat and overlaping matt and resin onto the surrounding glass. If the absolute certainty that a crack will print thru the paint is good enuf, then good enuf is good enuf. The + faction has the easier and better solution imo.

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I am Canadian and have been for 43 years, before which I grew up in England!

May I ask the point of your question ?
The point was that I was talking to Deryk who claims to be from New Joisey
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Placing a glass plug in the hole, glassing over inside, and filling exterior seam and irregularity with either resin or bondo and painting will look good thru about one year of weather and seasonal temperature cycles until the seam opens as a crack........
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This explains why my bondo-ed rust buckets looked so bad as a kid.
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If you do decide to fiberglass the hole, I like the idea of making a patch on a horizontal surface, let it cure, then cut to shape of hole. Glass mat over on the back side to secure it, then Bondo the front irregularities. This would contain the area to be patched and painted. Otherwise the patch starts to grow (at least in my experience).

OK, I promise, this is my last post. Even if you followed the above advice, and even if you made the surface passably smooth with bondo and even if you then coated it with something that matched color wise fairly well it would not look good for long. The surface must be faired where it joins the surrounding surfaces. After a bit of vibration the patch would have a crack all around it. It wouldn't look good.

An experienced person could patch it in place and cello finish the surface but it takes a lot of experience to get good results. The parts of the trailer visible look to be in good condition and not needing paint. Personally I wouldn't devalue a trailer body in good condition with an iffy patch.

Here endth my rant
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