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Fender Repair Help Needed

Postby Classic Finn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:09 am

I just now opened my other Kit fender for the 1st time.. I unwrapped it and my surprise was that I noticed a chip or 2 with hairline cracks on it in the front bottom edge ..

Now it could have come from anywhere being moved from place to place
or it could have come from shipping..or is it a defect from the fabricator. Ok in either case its not so bad it cant be fixed.. And it is fiberglass.

However I have never repaired such and I would really like some advice how to go about doing it other than taking it to a professional here..

Can I do it here at home and if so how do I start...

I can take photos of it as well if need be.

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Postby glassice » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:43 am

what the out side paint are gel
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Postby Classic Finn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:55 am

glassice wrote:what the out side paint are gel


Hi there Glassice

Yes they are the Kit Fiberglass fenders..


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Postby glassice » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:17 am

are the crack all the way Thu are you going to paint them .If there gel do you have extra to match pic will help it a very ease fix
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Postby madjack » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:17 am

glassice...they are black gel coat........................... 8)
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Postby Classic Finn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:24 am

Thats right Black Gel Coat... Let me put some pics.. give me a few minutes... They feel real soft in some parts of these areas..It appears its not all the way thru, meaning the cracks.. One is just very deep..

Garsh this is sad in my opinion.. :cry: But ok I havent needed them yet though... and I just now noticed it.. the other fender is just fine..

I do plan on painting them.. what color ? I dont know as of yet..
But I just wouldnt want this section to be left in case it cracks off totally..it seems to have spider web like cracks also..

Ok Im no expert but its just my worry if it may or may not do so.. :worship:



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Postby glassice » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:42 am

in side pic if it soft is it that the reins never setup are it in just the gel
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Postby Classic Finn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:44 am

In spots it feels like a soft brush.... seems like I can move it back and forth in a small spot as well .. :shock:

So it was taken off too early from the mold then?

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Postby Classic Finn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:45 am

Let me get an inside photo of it ...back in a few..

Here is the inside.. also I just noticed too that on the outside its cracked in a half dollar like area... then when I look inside its cracked there too and no gel in that area..

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Postby madjack » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:46 am

Heikki...those look to be some pretty serious cracks(can't really tell in pic)...over here, you can goto most any hardware or box store and get a "fiberglass kit" which contains a yard of FG cloth and the appropriate resin/hardner combination...what ever you have available to you over there, I would glass up the back side...depending on how serious the cracks are, you may have to also sand down the outside and reglass but I will leave that advice to someone with more glass experience than I.....
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Postby apratt » Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:54 am

Heikki, I agree with Madjack. Now for the soft spots you may have air bubbles in the fiberglass (fender), you will have to grind down to expose the air pockets then fill with glass matting. I hope this helps you.
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Postby Classic Finn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:04 am

If you look at this photo and the photo of the outside .. the crack covers that entire area in white...If I were to send it back it would be a high buck shipping..

So yes we do have all kinds of fiberglass available same company stuff as you have there... but in my opinion it could be a badly made fender too right from the beginning.. It seems like its missing gelcoat or fiberglass on the inside...but ok ... I wont say because Im no expert..

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Postby Micro469 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:06 am

Manufacturing defect???? Contact the person you bought them from and see what he can do..

Or you can take them to a place that does fiberglassing and let them fix them up proper......

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Postby Classic Finn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:09 am

Micro469 wrote:Manufacturing defect???? Contact the person you bought them from and see what he can do..

Or you can take them to a place that does fiberglassing and let them fix them up proper......

:cry:


Sad as it is ... I highly doubt anything can be done since Im so far away..
But :cry: :cry: :cry:


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Postby Classic Finn » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:12 am

apratt wrote:Heikki, I agree with Madjack. Now for the soft spots you may have air bubbles in the fiberglass (fender), you will have to grind down to expose the air pockets then fill with glass matting. I hope this helps you.


Thank You Arthur I,ll check..


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