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Old 10-20-2013, 05:03 PM
rwarre rwarre is offline
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Default Best way to fix this.

Looking for suggestion on how to fix this crack where the fiberglass meets the metal.

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Old 10-20-2013, 07:59 PM
aerhed aerhed is offline
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No answers yet huh? Everyone must be out. I think since it looks separated, I'd attack it with a dremel until you get into where its still bonded. Then scarf back a little. A little resin and flox then a couple three strips of glass up onto your scarf. Do that all at once, then after curing go to micro to finish. Make sure the aluminum underneath is roughed up good for adhesion.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:44 PM
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To fix it, try picking up some very light fiberglass cloth from a hobby store and put multiple layers on, staggering the ends.

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Old 10-20-2013, 09:45 PM
6 Gun 6 Gun is offline
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Angry fix

Maybe a couple rivets to bond then fiberglass.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:20 PM
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Randy, where is the crack? Different fixes for different places. Do you want to smooth it out so you don't see the difference in heights? The bottom where it is torn will require different ways to fix - maybe a backer piece or angle? If it is decorative only, just cloth spanning the cracks may be ok. BUT, it tore once - better to fix it right. Holy cow, I just looked up Wray - that is as far east in CO that you can get!

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Old 10-21-2013, 11:04 AM
Steve Koziol Steve Koziol is offline
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I had a similar cracking problem on my slider where my fiberglass windscreen fairing started to crack on both sides. The location was where the side of the windscreen is layed up over the fuselage and starts to go to the front of the windscreen. Ater consulting with my paint shop, they suggested 2 layers of leight weight fiberglass. I would suggest a product light West Syatem 410 fairing filler to fill in the cracks. Sand to bare skin and lay 2 "L" shaped pieces of cloth over it. Then finish like you would normally do. My cracks have not come back and it is 2 years since the repair. Good luck.

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