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Old 07-07-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Help with repairing Front Cap Damage

I recently made the big mistake while backing up my fifth wheel camper with my short bed truck. I forgot to move the slider hitch into the maneuver position and the result was the loss of my back window in my truck. My truck has been repaired, but the camper sustained some minor cosmetic damage to the front cab as can be seen in the attachment. I'm guessing the front cab corners are coated with fiberglass. Does anyone know how to easily repair this? Is there a product on the market that will take care of the scratches and scrapes?
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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It doesn't appear that the underlying fiberglass has been cracked. It is a fairly easy body shop repair. Light sanding, "bondo" the deep scratches, prime and top coat. To make it look like it has never been damaged the entire cap will have to be painted. Otherwise you'll see a blend line.

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Old 07-09-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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The proper filler is called Gel Coat and can be mixed in almost any color. Bondo requires painting, Gel Coat is the original finish on that fiberglass. Color it, mix it, apply it, sand buff and polish and it will be indistinguishable from the original.

This is the proper repair.
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The proper filler is called Gel Coat and can be mixed in almost any color. Bondo requires painting, Gel Coat is the original finish on that fiberglass. Color it, mix it, apply it, sand buff and polish and it will be indistinguishable from the original.

This is the proper repair.
I agree with you there but in all fairness to the op it's a little involved than that. Anyway go here http://www.spectrumcolor.com/Index.aspx to find your perfect match. If you can't find it call them and they will assist you. I've done more than a few of these types of glass repairs, follow the directions to a t and will look good.
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It's actually a gel coat over the top and can be done, by a good business, without doing the whole cap. There might be some finish/color diff, but ours blends it well. Not cheap though.
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I agree with you there but in all fairness to the op it's a little involved than that. Anyway go here Spectrum Color Online to find your perfect match. If you can't find it call them and they will assist you. I've done more than a few of these types of glass repairs, follow the directions to a t and will look good.
I've done gel coat repairs before and i agree it not quite that easy but it will leaf him down the proper path....


Just to add; often you can get the matching gel coat itself from the mfgrs. At least that's been my experience in the marine field
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