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Old 06-04-2013, 11:40 AM   #15
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The sticky part of removing the belly band is, how do you then line up the top half to the bottom half? Trillium uses the belly band, on the outside, riveted to some metal plates, on the inside of the two halfs. This lines up the top and bottom. Then they run a fibreglass mat bandage over the inside to seal it. Boler uses a flange in the fibreglass and clamps the top flange to the bottom flange with a U channel belly band.
If you grind off those flanges, then something will be needed to line up the two halfs, while you close the seam.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:18 PM   #16
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I too and another renovator are not riveting anything topside but instead using fiberglassed in blocks that will support my shelves, galley and other items. I have discussed this at length and have a plan of attack. So I would say go for it. I also have a rivetless vent fan option that I have drawn out but will have to think about the real feasiblity a bit more before I do it. The fiberglassing was not bad at all after I got my hands into it. Learned not to make my patches so tight.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:54 PM   #17
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Well it looks like I got my answers!

I will be filling rivet holes and glassing interior support pieces, cleaning and reusing the aluminum belly band, and taking it slow with the sander.

Hopefully I will remember to post pictures tomorrow.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:08 AM   #18
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Spent some quality time Saturday, and some hung over time on Sunday working on the pock marks all over the fiberglass. I was hoping to get a lot further but sometimes what you want is not what you get. Movement is movement and as long as it's forward I am happy.

Each one of the pock marks on the trailer represents a "worm hole" into the fiberglass, so I chased them down with a dremel and beveled grinder bit. Some of them were pretty deep, others were really shallow. A few had gotten so bad the fiberglass on the inside had "popped" and created a cavity. Those will be repaired with actual glass.

My wife followed me and cleaned out the divets with acetone and a brush, then wiped it again with a rag. Fiberglass filler with cream hardener and some sanding and a final coat of primer over the top to seal it up and we were done, sort of...

After we had sanded down the filler we noticed more pock marks and some that had not filled in well. So again we will have to go back and fill them in. However the spots we did get filled in and painted over look excellent.

The weather was way too hot, it was supposed to be fairly mild (~65 and cloudy) but it was ~75 and sunny, a tyvek suit was almost unbearable. This is relative of course, but it was hot for me.

Lessons learned:
  1. Red cream hardener works way better than the cream hardener that comes with the can, it shows how well you mixed it in, if you mixed enough in and when it comes to sanding it works out much better.
  2. Painting over with primer also works really well because it shows all of the flaws, I can always sand it off and rework an area.
  3. I started out trying to work in large swaths with a bondo spatula, that did not work out well, it ended up wasting material, taking way too long to sand and the holes never filled well. A 1 inch metal spatula worked better and was actually quicker.

Well here are some pics, they kind of show the steps...

Also I forgot to take measurements of the rear shelf for Jeremy, I guess I will have to PM him...
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:47 AM   #19
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I've seen these before. Fiberglass worm holes. They primarily attack at night and if left untreated can turn an Egg into swiss cheese. These holes you point out appear to be marks from an infant. Good thing you caught them. A good coat of wax will help with two drops of DDT in it.
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Mike, Mike, Mike the uninitiated will think you're serious! You ARE, aren't you? They're probably morphed bed bugs....
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Sorry the Devil made me do it. Life is too short (for me now) not to have fun and laugh and love being on the the turf side.
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I've seen these before. Fiberglass worm holes. They primarily attack at night and if left untreated can turn an Egg into swiss cheese. These holes you point out appear to be marks from an infant. Good thing you caught them. A good coat of wax will help with two drops of DDT in it.
Good luck.
I love it, Mike! Bring it on, we all need more laughs!
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:14 AM   #23
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well played sir, well played
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:15 AM   #24
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Thanks. Having lived in Wa and the PNW I have a weakness for Washingtonians.
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Spending a week on a nearby lake campground.
Now I won't be able to sleep listening to the gnawing,
and scratching from the possible bed bugs.
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