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Old 08-03-2015, 09:26 AM   #1
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23 yr old fiberglass showing fibers? What coating?

The fibers on the sheet of fiberglass laminate that is used on my lance camper door has all these raised fibers. I did rebuild the door a few years ago as it was sagging on the hinges. Just wondering what coating and prep to use to make it look good and not have dangerous fibers sticking out?

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Old 08-03-2015, 10:41 AM   #2
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Me, I would get some clear Gelcoat, after the first layer cures,sand it down smooth and apply a couple more coats. That's what I would do.

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Can you disassemble the door and just reskin it?
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Old 08-03-2015, 02:17 PM   #4
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The AL door frame comes apart pretty easily but there are two windows and a door lock that would have to be removed. I seem to remember the outer skin being like 1/16" thick. I dont know if this camper is worth that much expense for a new sheet or that much labor labor. Is there a spray on coating>?>

Even though I know getting a nice gelcoat on by taping off everything will be a bit sloppy looking. Should I plan to lay the door horizontal and where does a guy get a quart of clear gelcoat? I did a bit of googling.
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Gel coat is generally applied to the inside of a mold that's been coated with a release agent and the fiberglass cloth/mat and resin is laid up on top of the gel coat. The panel is then popped out of the mold. I've never heard of spraying a gel coat on top of a fiberglass panel.

Rather than use gel coat maybe try fairing the surface with a polyester putty and then applying a basecoat/ clearcoat urethane paint for a nice durable shiny finish ?
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I would put the door on a couple of saw horses-then spray it with heavy coats - letting it dry well in between coats. No runs if it is flat!

Urethane dries pretty quick

A high build primer will cover a lot of sins

After it dries, you can sand the high spots-& put on another coat-keep that up until it is smooth-then put on your final coat.

I have sprayed a rough fiberglass boat, in the past, I sprayed it with an epoxy primer/filler paint-that was thick-like I said above- then finished it with All-Grip- It still looks good, that was 10 years ago.

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