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I'm itchy... f'n fiberglass.

Since no trackday or F4T for me this weekend, I decided to experiment repairing my track bodywork that I damaged at Putnam in June. I started with the most difficult part which was to remake the side mounts on the upper. If I failed then I was gonna stop there. I used 3/4 inch wood dowels cut to 3 in. lengths as the molds. I sanded the paint down to fiberglass both on the inner and outer sides of the bodywork around the mount. I also had to dremel off about 1/2 inch of the right mount and about 3/4 inch of the left mount because they were blown out from the fairing mount screws ripping through when I crashed. I basically cut a 4x4inch square of fiberglass cloth, saturated the part that would form the mount with resin/hardener mix, draped it over the end of the dowel, and pushed it into the hole where the fairing mount is formed. On the inner side I then applied 3 strips of fiberglass cloth with resin/hardener mix to re-enforce the mold. When the resin/hardener mix started to set, I pulled the wood dowel out and thankfully it came out easily and the mold held its shape. Once it hardened, I trimmed the excess fiberglass from the outside of the bodywork, sanded the outer face around the hole, then applied some resin/hardener mix to the inside of the mount where the dowel was to re-enforce it more. After a little more sanding and a few shots of rattle can, they were done. Overall, I'm happy with the result but it was a messy pain in the ass. I also patched a tear in the tail section and a hole on the right side of the lower which seemed pretty easy in comparison. Time for a Corona...

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make sure to wear a respirator and fully clothed when working on that stuff, or sanding that stuff. bad for the lungs and skin man.

other then that its fun isnt it.



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make sure to wear a respirator and fully clothed when working on that stuff, or sanding that stuff. bad for the lungs and skin man.

other then that its fun isnt it.
i couldnt agree more. And dont use one of those cheap $5 ones either. Fiberglass and bondo hates lungs.

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make sure to wear a respirator and fully clothed when working on that stuff, or sanding that stuff. bad for the lungs and skin man.

other then that its fun isnt it.
I was wearing long sleeves, pants, gloves, and a mask. But when waiting for the resin to harden, I rolled up my sleeves and threw away sets of gloves because it was hot. So its just my forearms that itch a little, not really that bad.

Fun... when I was done. I can't imagine the work it takes to get a finish to your standards.

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couple things if you have to do this type of work again. fiberglass resin won't stick to aluminum foil, wax paper or anything that's treated with some type of mold release.



so you could cover your dowel in mold release wax before you set it in the fiberglass and it will (technically) be removable once it's all hardened. Although typically the stuff I do isn't completely surrounded in resin so it may be more difficult in that format.

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Fixing bodywork is at the very top of my list of least favorite things to do. Meh. Kudos for getting through it.

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