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Old 12-30-2015, 09:49 AM   #1
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Winnebago Sightseer 2004 loose hood

the fiber glass is coming loose the metal frame on front engine cover. What type of glue should I use to secure fiber glass to the metal frame.

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Old 12-30-2015, 10:27 AM   #2
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When my 2005 had that problem I found an epoxy resin that said that it was good for fiberglass and metal.

On my Sightseer one side broke loose and about a year later the other side came loose. Bcause only one side became loose at a time I was able to bond it in place using clamps overnight.

My fixes held but my next plan was to to use fiberglass cloth and epoxy and encapsulate the metal frame near the ends and the middle. Fortunately I didn't need to use this fix.

I think that I still have my instructions on how I got my hood to fit flush with surrounding surfaces. JD

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Old 12-30-2015, 10:41 AM   #3
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I used Gorilla glue and 15000 miles later no issue. Just follow instructions and it's done. Do not remove old epoxy use it like a shim and that glue will do its job. I had several areas on front that did this and still better then new.
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Old 12-30-2015, 03:46 PM   #4
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I would use 3M 5200. It takes a while to fully cure, but the fiberglass and metal will never move again.
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This is what I used. Bought it at a boat place. Takes seven days to cure, but it works great.
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Originally Posted by gruelens View Post
I would use 3M 5200. It takes a while to fully cure, but the fiberglass and metal will never move again.
The 5200 is good stuff. Though I haven't used it in years.
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Both sides of our fiberglass front end & rear engine cover broke loose on our 2005 Itasca Horizon, we left the original stuff there and used Gorilla glue along with some clamps to fix ours. Still going strong after 6 years
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:58 PM   #8
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This was a very common problem with that era Winnebago. Go to the owners forum and do a search. You'll find some other types of repairs.
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T-88 STRUCTURAL ADHESIVE from Aircraft Spruce

I used this while building an airplane and then had the hood issue on my 2005 Sightseer and used it there.

I don't remember Gorilla Glue being around then but I had structural adhesive on hand.
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I had a similar problem. Removed the hinges one at a time, filled the holes with JB Weld. Re-drilled the holes with bigger screws, a doubler and a nut on the back side. Been two years, no recurrence.

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