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Sunroof removal / Fiberglass repair
#812592 April 22nd 2024 10:25 am
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Looking for some advise about repairing or filling the hole left from removing the sunroof in my raised fiberglass roof. Having never worked in fiberglass repairs of this size, any help would be appreciated.

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Hey amx,

In 1973 I worked in a synthetic (Cultured,) marble shop.
Our pour pans were Formica. The product was made with polyester resin, with color and a filler and hardener added.
We would polish the pans first with mold release, (wax.)

So you could back up a piece of Formica with plywood up to the opening, brace it in place. (For my wood headliner, I used adjustable poles cabinet installers use to secure Uppers for nailing.)

You could pad it from underneath to get a slight convex shape to match the roof. Prepare the roof surface, cut your fiberglass cloth or mat to size to get a good overlap, mix up your resin, not forgetting the hardener, color or clear if you're going to paint. Don't fall off of the roof while you apply your resin. We usually had a good 30-45 minutes of working time for our pours, pull the tops out of the pans the next day. Unless,,, lol

Unless somebody forgot the catalyst. (Hardener...) shocked cry eek That is very messy. Don't forget the hardener, but follow directions, use PPE. Too much catalyst is not better that not enough. Get's hot.

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Thanks for the information. So what you're saying is the Formica piece isn't going to be permanently attached, it's just going to cover the hole from underneath and provide support for the fiberglass cloth and resin that will be applied from the top?

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Awesome tip Wedgy.

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Originally Posted by amx
Thanks for the information. So what you're saying is the Formica piece isn't going to be permanently attached, it's just going to cover the hole from underneath and provide support for the fiberglass cloth and resin that will be applied from the top?

Yes. That will be the mold so to speak. Once the fiberglass cloth, or mat is saturated, and the resin impregnates the fibers as you evenly spread out the resin evenly to a proper thickness. The fiberglass cloth will help hold it in place.

This is where the cure time comes in. You want it to setup not too long after you finish up. Like placing your concrete on a slope. You do it once the way you want it, then leave it alone!

7:00 the next morning is when we pulled tops. You only forget once... lol
Oh, that was nothin' grin They even turned me loose as an Installer in a late model 1970 350 V8 C30 1 ton Dually Flatbed, with a map. Hey Kid! You got a driver's license?" "Yes Sir." "How old are you?" grin "18." "Sure Kid, load up!"


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1990 Chevy G30 L19 7.4 Beauville TMW EXT
Lubbock Church Van Maternity division Load up Ladies!

DogVan 2.0
1996 Chevy G30 EXT Cargo. All the good stuff 5.7 Back in the SBC again.
Yes. In 1996 Flint produced 16,239 matching make and models of Chevy G30 vans.
https://www.compnine.com/mycar.php?id=530e2410271dd67a0354482f9eb1c6b3

Cabin Cruiser
'94 Dodge B350 www.xplorermotorhome.com/
Xplorer MH model 230
230 hp LA series 360 cu in Wedge head Magnum! lol MPI 5.9 A518 OD auto
Dodge finally figures out EFI

Old vans are getting scarce!
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Thanks. All good info, especially since I haven't been able to find a replacement after looking for quite some time.

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You may want to also reach out to Charlie 99909. Good luck

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SDMickey #812628 April 23rd 2024 10:31 am
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Yes! This! There's guys on here making their own Bubble windows too! Charlie could probably be a big help. He's Mr. Porthole and the Wingman!!!
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You may want to also reach out to Charlie 99909. Good luck


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1990 Chevy G30 L19 7.4 Beauville TMW EXT
Lubbock Church Van Maternity division Load up Ladies!

DogVan 2.0
1996 Chevy G30 EXT Cargo. All the good stuff 5.7 Back in the SBC again.
Yes. In 1996 Flint produced 16,239 matching make and models of Chevy G30 vans.
https://www.compnine.com/mycar.php?id=530e2410271dd67a0354482f9eb1c6b3

Cabin Cruiser
'94 Dodge B350 www.xplorermotorhome.com/
Xplorer MH model 230
230 hp LA series 360 cu in Wedge head Magnum! lol MPI 5.9 A518 OD auto
Dodge finally figures out EFI

Old vans are getting scarce!
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Will check it out. Thanks


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