View Full Version : How do I repair this gleep in my trailer?

04-23-2010, 01:07 PM
I'm getting ready to patch this rip on the bumper of my 2004 X10 trailer and realize I don't know where to start. Can one of you give me some step-by-step advice or point me in the right direction. Thanks.



04-23-2010, 02:06 PM
These are probably the wrong fenders, but get some spares, paint them and have them ready, http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showpost.php?p=674525&postcount=2027
or you might want to check with your dealer for someone who does fiberglass repairs or for a local body shop that does fiberglass repairs.

04-23-2010, 03:31 PM
How about a DIY option? Seems do-able if I knew what materials to use.

04-23-2010, 03:40 PM
How about a DIY option? Seems do-able if I knew what materials to use.

Grinder, sandpaper, fiberglass cloth, resin, hardener, putty knife, , gelcoat, spray gun, air compressor,
stir sticks, and everything else this site tell you you need and follow the instructions, http://www.diy-fiberglass-boat-repair.com/

04-23-2010, 04:23 PM
I had a similar chunk out of my fender. I filled it with PC-11 epoxy, sanded it down, wet sanded it smooth, masked it out and primed and spray painted it, then polished it. You can hardly tell.

04-23-2010, 04:28 PM
How about a DIY option? Seems do-able if I knew what materials to use.


04-23-2010, 04:48 PM
It is a little tough to tell for certain, but from the picture it looks like you may have only chipped the gel coat. Is the fiber glass actually fractured? If it is just the gel coat you can get away with a simple past gel coat repair kit such as the ones found on this site (http://www.discountmarinesupplies.com/BOAT_REPAIR_PRODUCTS-Gelcoats_Gelcoat_Repai.html).

I recently made about 10 similar repairs to a boat I purchased. It takes a little time but worth the effort.

To do the repair you will need to

1. Clean the area with some sand paper and acetone
2. Apply some point to the glass epoxy if needed (some past gel coats can’t be directly applied to epoxy)
3. Tint the gel coat (black should be relatively easy to match)
4. Apply gel coat – probably in a several layers. I found that if you go to thick there is an increased chance for air pockets to form
5. Cover with wax paper and let cure
6. Sand with 600 grit and contour appropriately
7. Buff with rubbing compound
8. Buff with polishing compound
9. Wax

All the repairs I did are not noticeable unless you take a close look. If you want truly invisible repair then you need to use regular gel coat and spray it on as previously advised.

If the fiberglass is fractured you will first need to cut out the area that is impacted and layup the glass. This is not terribly difficult either. Simple get some glass matt and epoxy from your local auto parts store. Cut out the area around the fracture (go at least ½” beyond the fracture line) and taper the edges (provides a greater surface area for the new glass to adhere to the existing glass. Then cut out a series of pieces of matt to fit fill the missing section. Put a piece of tape behind the area to be repaired. Stick the first piece of matt to the tape and epoxy in place, immediately follow with another layer of matt and epoxy (don’t allow epoxy to cure between layers). Repeat until you have reached the appropriate depth. Let cure. Now use the procedure above to apply the gel coat.

Good luck!