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Old 06-13-2003, 05:51 PM   #1
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Here's where I'm at.

I've started constructing the new cushion covers:
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3eea543854680cushions.jpg/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3eea544837cbacushions top.jpg/>
Old ones on left/new on right
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Old 06-13-2003, 05:52 PM   #2
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Thanks to a lot of rain this week I was able to identify where my water leaks are. The worst are the roof vent (already knew it needed replacement) the windows (rear and left side) and the roof where this rail is attached:
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3eea548595bb4outside.jpg/>
Does anyone know what it is exactly and if I need to keep it? Was it from an awning? I wouldn't mind putting an awning on in the future.
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Old 06-13-2003, 05:53 PM   #3
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Not sure what this is - is it just a patch from other damage? I was thinking of removing it and filling in whatever it's covering:
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3eea535cb4b9dpatch.jpg/>
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Old 06-13-2003, 05:54 PM   #4
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Here's the interior - seats removed.
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3eea55eaeb15fseats removed.jpg/>
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Old 06-13-2003, 06:01 PM   #5
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Hi Lainey
Project for you is starting to come together.The metal patch I think is just that,a patch.I just came from downtown and was looking at fiberglass repair kits.I will be doing some repairs.(first time)this will be a learning experiance.

The metal rod is for a awing.See Simpson Sears.They have them.
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Old 06-13-2003, 08:57 PM   #6
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Fiberglass Repairs

Chester...You'll enjoy working with FG. Its quite forgiving & shapes quickly using hand tools. Suggest you not jump into power grinders, etc. until you've worked with it for awhile. I've done several repairs on VW dunebuggy & Baja bodies, always with good results...We had 3 sons who grew up driving them & it seems they were always "too close" to something & needed patching!

Carefully follow mixing instructions for resin & please work with ample ventilation. Those fumes are baaad!

Best of luck!!

Dick Rothfuss
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Old 06-13-2003, 10:12 PM   #7
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Hi Dick
Thanks for the encouragement.I guess its like the first time at anything you are abit nervious.Oh well , will get some on weekend and try it.:wave
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Old 06-13-2003, 10:30 PM   #8
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Warning

For fiberglass working newbies...this is from one of my resource books: SAFETY FIRST...Catalyst can cause blindness!
Gelcoat and catalyst are corrosive and flammable chemicals. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Wear protective clothing, eye protection and gloves. In case of contact, flush with water plenty of water, consult a physician immediately. Also wear protective respiratory equipment and/or work in a well ventilated area.

Better to be overprotected than under protected!:o
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Old 06-13-2003, 10:33 PM   #9
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Hi Donna
Thanks.We should all work and do things with safety in mind.
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Old 06-14-2003, 03:17 PM   #10
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safety and COMFORT

Fiberglass work can be even more fun if you use thos latex disposable gloves and disposable brushes. The stuff gets all over and it is so nice to just put on the FG, shove it around with your fingers, and then just peel the goopy gloves off and throw them away.

If you don't you'll have fuzzy goop all over your hands, then clothes, then dishes and your TV within moments.

Pop on a new pair and you're working again in minutes..
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Old 06-16-2003, 12:14 PM   #11
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Lainey
Your cushions are looking great.
Willma
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Old 06-16-2003, 08:17 PM   #12
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Awe!

Gee shucks, :red Thanks Willma!
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Old 06-16-2003, 08:27 PM   #13
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Good Points.My wife will love you.
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Old 06-18-2003, 11:04 AM   #14
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It's also handy to have all your fiberglass cut ahead of time, or have someone there who can cut the material so you don't get the stickey gooey stuff on mom's new scissors. :)

Lainey, the cushions look great. I'm doing the same job right now. I was trying to salvage the old zippers without much success, I think I'm going to try velcro instead.

I wasn't getting very far when I started, since I would cut one piece, sew it, go cut another, sew it... I got everything cut out ahead of time (the job I hate) and now I buzzed out three medium-sized cushions last night after supper.
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