Hi. Glazing problem - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-15-2018, 06:12 PM   #1
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Hi. Glazing problem

Hi, great to be a part of this community.
I purchased a Toyota '91 Sunraider style RV last year and now noticed small cracks in the gelcoat. Did a search here but didn't find an answer.
Please see pics. It's stored outside.
My wife thinks we should paint it but I'm hoping there is a way to restore the gelcoat.
For example for boats there is this option
https://www.marineaglaze.com/aglaze-marine-sealant/
But it only lasts 12 months.
Grateful for advice on my options.
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:46 PM   #2
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google gelcoat crack repair, and you'll find lots of howtos. any marine supply will have gelcoat repair kits, you use a angle grinder or dremel or simialr tool to widen the crack a bit, then pack it with an epoxy filler compound, wet sand that smooth, then paint it with a couple coats of a gelcoat touchup, rubbing compound to smooth that out and wax or whatever polymer polish-finish you prefer.
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Thanks for that - trouble is they are all over the vehicle, and very thin hairline cracks. Not practicle to expand them all - was hoping there was some other treatment available.
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take a bit of 400 grit wetdry paper, and with it sopping wet, work on a small inconspicuous area with these cracks, see how deep they go. keep a bowl of water in front of you and every 10 seconds or so dip the paper in it to keep it sloppy wet. if they are just surface cracks and disappear with a bit of sanding, then go over all of them with wet 400 grit, wet 800 grit, and paint with fresh gel coat, let cure, and hit with rubbing compound, then polish/wax of choice.
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Stress cracks, you'll either have to learn to live with them or you have some major work ahead of you.

Here's a video showing the repair procedure:
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