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Unread 01-01-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
ChadCielencki
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HardTop Fiberglass repair

How hard is it to repair a crack (5 to 6 inches) and hole in a hardtop???

Direction to any threads???

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Unread 01-01-2008, 05:36 PM   #2
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Sounds like there should be a story with this. While I have not done any work on a hard top I have done lots of fiberglass work on my sailboat restoration and a hovercraft. Its pretty simple stuff. Just need to make sure everything is ready to go before you start. Run through every step in your head and make sure you have everything you need for it. I always used woven mat and found its pretty easy to work with, not sure what the hard tops are made of but if you match the same type of glass it will look better. Also I would go with epoxy resin over polyester, Little more expensive though. You will be doing multiple layers and you might want to drill a hole at the end of the crack to pervent it from spreading. I know thats the proper way to do it with steel when welding a crack and would think the same principles would apply to glass.
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Unread 01-01-2008, 08:56 PM   #3
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I've got the same problem with my top I just bought.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 10:39 AM   #4
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it's a damaged top for $250...a tree branch fell on it...
didn't know if it would be worth the time and/or money involved to fix it
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Unread 01-04-2008, 11:50 PM   #5
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I would say definitely at that price. I could try to explain to you how to do it, but you'd be better off googling fiberglass repairs and read the many threads out there. Just learn as much as possible before jumping headfirst. Cracks are much easier to deal with than chunks taken out of one of the front corners like I had.

If its a thin crack, I found that the 'kitty hair' or fiberglass strand to work pretty well for me. Not sure if that's the best way to go at it but it was the easiest because the hardtop has inner and outer layer with space between it for the most part so it seemed difficult to build the layers with thin pieces of mat.

PM me if you have other questions, I'll help as much as I can.

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