Removing belly band 13' 1970 boler - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-09-2017, 09:17 PM   #1
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Removing belly band 13' 1970 boler

Has anyone removed the belly band from thier Boler. I am thinking of fiberglass the inside then cut off belly band and fiberglass outside. To give it a smoothed out look. Info and or ideas appreciated please.
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I think it would look cool.
I do think the band probably adds some rigidity to the sides.
If you do it make sure you add multiple layers.
Think I would start with say a 4in wide layer at the joint then follow with maybe 6in, 8in. 12in.
That would spread the load over a large area and the interior wall shouldn't get too bulky looking.
After you grind off the band and gel coat close to the band a layer or 2 could go there too
Good luck if you go for it.
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I think it would look cool.
I do think the band probably adds some rigidity to the sides.
If you do it make sure you add multiple layers.
Think I would start with say a 4in wide layer at the joint then follow with maybe 6in, 8in. 12in.
That would spread the load over a large area and the interior wall shouldn't get too bulky looking.
After you grind off the band and gel coat close to the band a layer or 2 could go there too
Good luck if you go for it.
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Hi Fred,
I think that the band definitely adds some rigidity to the whole body, a few layers of FG from inside may not function as well as the band.

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So after looking at some options for the belly band removal. Here is my thoughts so far. Since I have the entire interior stripped out. I am thinking a nice thick FG "peanut Butter " mixture to fill the slight indent inside the Boler at the band point then at least 4 layers of glass matting on top of that. Once dried an set, remove band and lip and use at least 2 layers of matting on the outside. This seems to be as good as I can get for the structural point of FG. Does this seem good or bad or really just a crap load of overkill.....lol
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So after looking at some options for the belly band removal. Here is my thoughts so far. Since I have the entire interior stripped out. I am thinking a nice thick FG "peanut Butter " mixture to fill the slight indent inside the Boler at the band point then at least 4 layers of glass matting on top of that. Once dried an set, remove band and lip and use at least 2 layers of matting on the outside. This seems to be as good as I can get for the structural point of FG. Does this seem good or bad or really just a crap load of overkill.....lol
George, I'm surprised that you haven't received an answer from a few members that have done what you're asking about. Your repair ideas will work fine and be plenty strong. FWIW, I would lay in one strip of thin cloth (inside) before any matting. Post pics of the repair for the rest of us.
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I have removed the belly band on my surfside looks beter .as for the belly band it is held on with 1/8 rivets one half inch long ita is just a garnish moulding .if you do fiberglass it use apoxie in it is 5 times stronger than pollister.also use woven matt also 4 times stronger fixed corvets for years works for me .
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George, I'm surprised that you haven't received an answer from a few members that have done what you're asking about. Your repair ideas will work fine and be plenty strong. FWIW, I would lay in one strip of thin cloth (inside) before any matting. Post pics of the repair for the rest of us.
Sounds good. I will post up the pics of my process. Ty for input.
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I have removed the belly band on my surfside looks beter .as for the belly band it is held on with 1/8 rivets one half inch long ita is just a garnish moulding .if you do fiberglass it use apoxie in it is 5 times stronger than pollister.also use woven matt also 4 times stronger fixed corvets for years works for me .
Perfect. Ty
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First fill of peanut butter in the seam. Now to wait 24hrs then sand and see where I am at.
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Looking good George. I don't know the layout of your TT but had a couple thoughts for you. Depending where any cabinets or such may cross your repair area, the new FG build up may cause a problem with the wall fit. If so, they could be trimmed to fit but it would be a lot easier to only use one layer of mat behind those areas over your butter fill. No extra work that way . One other thing to consider now that you have raw walls. A number of folks have glassed in wood blocking for a good attachment point for shelves, cabinets and such.
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Good idea. Ty
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First fill of peanut butter in the seam. Now to wait 24hrs then sand and see where I am at.
Does not seem like a big change from yesterday. But there is a second coat of peanut butter on the seam. 24 more hours and resanded smooth. Then 1/8" plywood strip will be installed for strength. Then that will get fiberglass over that. Two layers. Then we can cut the outside belly band off. So with dry time. Mid to end of next week the band will be off.Click image for larger version

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I have wondered about doing the same as you. I can do glasswork just well; however, I haven't yet obtained an egg to work on. I like the style of the Burros, but that seam needs to be shaved!
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