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Fiberglass Reinforced Wall Panel

Postby JFJR55 » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:37 am

I am researching to build a teardrop camper for the first time. I have chose to build the Benroy from Mike Schneider plans. My question is how good would it be to use "Fiberglass Reinforced Wall Panels" from Lows to put on the side and roof.
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Postby JunkMan » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:18 am

Several people have used it, but I would worry about UV damage. Most of it is not designed to be used outside. I know that I have left a few scraps laying outside after a project, and they deteriorate after a while. If you coated it with a UV protector, or stored it inside when not using it, it would probably be fine.
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Postby Jiminsav » Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:18 pm

Personally I wouldn't use it, but then, your not me. 8)
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Postby Podunkfla » Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:55 pm

I don't see any problem using FRP board. If it ever starts to look bad, you can just paint it using the same type of primer & paint they use for plastic bumpers on cars. At about $30. a sheet... Less than a buck a sq ft. It costs about a third as aluminum around here.
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Postby Steve_Cox » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:11 pm

Here's a UV stable, impact resistant Fiberglass Reinforced Sheet that comes in sizes up to 5' X 20', and it glows in the dark. How about it? A teardrop you can't loose in the dark no matter how much Crown & pickle juice you have put away.

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Postby peggyearlchris » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:58 pm

:) Steve, I think that would be so cool. Glow in the dark. I like it. :lol: :lol: :lol: Peg
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Postby Podunkfla » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:00 pm

Here's a UV stable, impact resistant Fiberglass Reinforced Sheet that comes in sizes up to 5' X 20', and it glows in the dark. How about it? A teardrop you can't loose in the dark no matter how much Crown & pickle juice you have put away.


Now THAT would be spooky at night!
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Postby madjack » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:02 pm

Steve, that would eliminate the need for a porchlite...gotta link......................................... 8)
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Postby Greg M » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:17 pm

I hate to think what it costs.

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Postby Boodro » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:53 pm

I have FRP on my TD , It is not painted. It has been sitting outside for over 1 year & I have seen no change in the finish. It still shines when I wash it , I even had it under a cherry tree & it was covered in cherry pits & bird crap this summer . I washed it & it was just fine. It does not seem to be brittle or damaged in any way . I will continue to give reports on it as time goes by. I will post some p[ics when I find them. Just my 2 sense !
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Postby BILLYL » Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:59 am

I used it as the ceiling in my TD. I like it because it was real easy to work with and conformed to the surface nicely. I also used it in the galley.

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Postby jagular7 » Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:55 am

Not sure what type of fiberglass walls/roof I have, but it has a layered paper backing. It's rigid enough to withstand the curvature of the TD ends with minimal structure behind it. However, with little water the backing warps and some discoloration appears on the front.
So if you are using this type of 'fiberglass' sheeting, then I suggest you treat the backing for water penetration.
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Postby ballcamp » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:01 pm

I found some stuff today at a really cool salvage place in East Bend N.C.
it was 4X8 sheets of bendable mirror.Anybody seen or used any of this stuff. :thinking:
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Postby Platbiker » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:13 pm

...Re: Mirrored panels
No , I haven't seen or used these things but...I envision folks looking for a little "nightlife" in their camper putting them on the ceiling, and finding that they have built more of a "funhouse" than they anticipated!... :twisted:
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