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What do you think about fiberglass panels?

Postby sean » Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:28 pm

I want to build a 5' wide Benroy, and am considering covering it in fiberglass. I found 4x8 panel at Lowes http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=8566-293-77096&lpage=none
I could cut the 8 foot length to 5 foot and lap the panels together on the roof. Does anyone know of a good, clean-looking weathertight way to make a fiberglass panel lap joint?
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Postby dacrazyrn » Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:46 pm

Interior vs. exterior? I think these have been done over a few times here. I don't think they are UV resistant. Better check for exterior.
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Postby Gerdo » Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:42 pm

Check around for FILON which is a fiberglass reinforced polyester FRP. This is what they use on commercialy built RVs and is UV Resistant. I know that people have used the HD panels on their TDs but they painted them to protect them form the UVs.
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Postby glassice » Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:44 am

the sun well eat it fast there a co that says they make a fiberglass tear i have. I have people come by there no ease way to fix
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Re: What do you think about fiberglass panels?

Postby Steve_Cox » Sat Sep 23, 2006 5:38 am

sean wrote:I want to build a 5' wide Benroy, and am considering covering it in fiberglass. I found 4x8 panel at Lowes http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=8566-293-77096&lpage=none
I could cut the 8 foot length to 5 foot and lap the panels together on the roof. Does anyone know of a good, clean-looking weathertight way to make a fiberglass panel lap joint?


Hey Sean,

If you're going for a lap joint, why not use epoxy. I love that stuff. We have some tears made by folks on the forum that used the product you are talking about, hope they respond here and tell you about it. If that is what you want to use, don't let anyone talk you out of it. UV issues can be taken care of with paint if need be.
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Postby PaulC » Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:20 pm

Hi Sean, Go for the filon as it is a proven product on RV's. Anything else will be a little sus in the long run. JMHO

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Postby stbuch » Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:52 pm

We have used those panels you speak of in remodeling bathrooms. Be careful they can be tricky to cut.


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Postby angib » Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:51 am

The nicest way to cut fiberglass at home is with a 'Riff' blade in a jigsaw - those aren't teeth, but a coarse grit bonded onto the blade:

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Postby bdosborn » Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:53 pm

I used a pair of these to cut my filon. Worked great:
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I flushed things up with a laminate cutting bit in my router.
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Postby glassice » Sun Oct 01, 2006 1:55 am

i have been doing fiberglass for over 25 years just look at my hair you can make your own panel it real easy if i find how to post pic.(like that happen 25 years smelling fiberglass :? ) i will do it and show how
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