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Old 11-24-2020, 04:54 PM   #1
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Cost to repair delamination?

Just finished doing a repair to our rv. Small area, about 3 feet by 5 feet, due to skylight leak...

Prior owner fixed leak long ago, but the delamination was bothering me...

Had to remove the shower to reach the delamination from the inside. No access from the outside.

Removed the wall, foam. Everything to the exterior skin.

Replaced with new rigid foam, epoxied, new wood veneer inside, etc... Compressed from the outside.

Looks brand new, turned out great...

Surprised at the time, and cost to DIY

Epoxy alone was $200 ( west epoxy slow, and fast)

Veneer, wood... $100

Foam $40...

4 days of my free labor $$$

Diesel heater and diesel to heat the outside of the RV as temps dipped below 50 and the epoxy wouldnít set... $30 for fuel...

Running 1500w heater 24 hours a day for 4 days to heat the wall from the inside... $20...

Thatís $400, not including labor... still have to put the shower back in...

What would an RV shop charge for something like this?

As a side note, not sure I would use slow west epoxy again... took way too long to dry...

What did you spend?
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Old 11-26-2020, 09:39 PM   #2
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It's difficult to get compare someone else's rebuild with yours. Those are very unique fixes. But just use the parts and labor that you saw first hand.

Triple the cost of the parts, and apply $150 per hour times twice the hours.
That should put you in the ballpark.
And factor in a month of down time.
Your work sounds like you are pretty efficient and are a good DIY'r.
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Old 11-27-2020, 08:14 AM   #3
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Thanks. Iím really happy with the result...

I absolutely see how these are often $5000 repairs...
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Old 11-27-2020, 05:50 PM   #4
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Post some pics, before, during and after. That's most helpful for budding DIY'rs.
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