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 Post subject: new crack in fiberglass
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 6:19 pm 
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Found this crack at the top door side running light at the front of the 335BHS while applying the turtle wax ice to the trailer. Not too hard of a fix but am glad I found it so there will not be any water damage. 8-)



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:51 pm 
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Ouch - never fun to find surprises like this.... Good thing you caught it early!

When you say it is not a difficult fix - what do you do to make the repair? Fiberglass fix? Epoxy? Just seal with caulking of some sort?

I was just wondering what you do for such a crack - so that I have some idea of options in case it ever happens to our camper.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:56 pm 
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For all cracks holes whatever in the walls of the OR, we use Permatex Ultra Gray.

The material that OR uses for the exterior sidewall is a thermoplastic reinforced with glass. That makes most adhesive repairs you could do to "normal" fiberglass with polyester, vinylester or epoxy matrices very much more difficult. No idea what will or will not stick. And the gray color makes it more difficult to match.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:13 pm 
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I will probably do as TTFulltimer suggested and use Permatex--if I were a little braver I might consider
making the crack a little bigger and try JB Weld or Marine epoxy but at my age the permatex will
probably outlast me anyway.:)

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