Fibre glass repair

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    Hi guys up in holyhead doing bit of shopping and somebody has reversed into me only about 3 of us in car park, guy held his hand up and was embarrassed its on my lower panel on van about 2 lnches long by 2 inches tow bar? Any ideas how to fix and what to use. Its very thin fibre glass,dont want to rip bloke off as he said he would ay me to get it done, wont be home for a while but want to get it done asap, rough estimate would help regards steve
     

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    It varies but expect to pay £300-£500 for a proper repair. Could be reinforced from the back of the panel with fibreglass mesh, ground back, filled and painted a bit cheaper though.
     
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    To repair it properly the gelcoat needs grinding back and the damaged mat exposed. Guessing that it will be an area of repair around 12" x 12". Replace the mat, apply gelcoat/wax suspension, level off and polish. About 6 hours work - guess in the region of £300.00.

    Alternatively you could find plenty of body shops who will push it back in, pack in some filler, splash some paint over it. Somewhere around £150.00 now and then around another £300.00 to put it right in about 18 months time when the spider cracks appear!


    edited to add, I would use a marine GRP guy rather than go to a body shop who tend not to have the expertise in repairing GRP
     
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    Last year reversing with our camping trailer it jackknifed and punched a hole roughly 75mm square in the fibreglass rear panel.
    It cost me £400-£450 cash can't remember exactly.

    John.
     
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    be careful ,I felt sorry for a guy and agreed to let him pay out of insurance only to change his mind when he got home and totally refused to admit it was him and that it was me who had bumped him. ended up 50/50
     
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    Get in touch with @rupert . Bit of an expert on fibreglass repairs.. :LOL:.
    Sorry for been flippant. . But his damage was a lot worse and he's just repaired it himself.. there was a thread on it with pictures..
    Andy.
     
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    Perhaps I need to offer GRP repairs for motorhomes. I would be over the moon with £400 in cash for a 75mm repair! In terms of actual work GRP doesn't take long to repair, what eats up the time is mixing up the gelcoat to match and waiting for bits to go off before you can do the next part of the process. It always helps to have more than one job on the go so you can jump between them all.
     
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    Thanks andy
     
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