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    Update repairing Ranger trailer fenders
from Buzz  
11/14/2010 8:26:03 PM


 For those of you who want to attempt repair on damaged fenders, here is my experience. First, Ranger is not big on the do it yourself-er approach since they hear more horror stories then anything else. But I went ahead and purchased the flake from them. I had a good auto body guy remove the fenders, fix all the broken fiberglass and sand it down. This was the easy part for them. The Gelcoat was quite thick and when mixed with the flake and MEKP. It was difficult to apply but came out fair to good. Then three coats of Gelcoat mixed 50/50 with an additive designed to make the product smoother and easier to apply.

Over all it came out acceptable. Not like factory new. But if you don't look to closely it looks fine. I understand now why Ranger is reluctant to go down this road with owners. Overall I put about $900 into the job, which also included fixing some big dings and scratches in the boat. I could have bought new fenders from Ranger for a few dollars more or taken it to a professional shop and got a better job. However then I would have needed to use my insurance and there are times when it's better to leave those folks out of things. I'd need them more if someone wipes the boat out.

So, this has been my experience. It looks like I could get a factory looking gelcoat job if more sanding was done and a 4th coat of gelcoat applied, but seeing as it is only trailer fenders, I'm satisfied.

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   original post I said from DaveS  11/15/2010 1:40:51 AM
 Know what your doing because gel coat (fiberglass) is a whole lot of fun to work with.

And that's why I let Paula down at Truman Fiberglass do my work.

   experience. hope and wisdom from Buzz  11/15/2010 8:39:01 AM
 Guess that's what life is all about there is no substitute for experience. LOL

   why not from MikeF  11/15/2010 9:15:14 AM
 Why not just paint the fenders a standard color (like black) instead?

   Buzz from RobShaw  11/15/2010 9:38:07 AM
 I hope the gel wasnt put on too thick...thick gel will not flex and will crack rather quickly. Have you considered stainless steel fenders?...I know its old school but its really the only GOOD thing about the trailer beneath my boat! lol

Ive never been a fan of fiberglass fenders, they look good when they leave the factory but its down hill from there (in my experience).

   Rob from Rtidwell  11/15/2010 5:09:10 PM
 S.S. fenders are not an option from Ranger. A good fiberglass man can do wonders with a boat but he has to have a few years experence to get it right.

   thats for sure... from RobShaw  11/15/2010 8:25:32 PM
 the best fiberglass guy I know has my Allison right now!

   molded under pressure from Buzz  11/16/2010 10:29:07 AM
 Another thing I learned about gelcoat, is that it excretes a sticky substance when applied without the pressure of the mold, and this needs to be wiped off with a solvent and clean rag prior to applying the clear gelcoat. Can anyone explain this?

   excretes ? from DaveS  11/18/2010 1:58:40 AM
 It's drying. Just like paint on a car-- it drys from the inside out. I hate fiberglass Buzz--- and I have worked with it. Just like I hate enamel or Imron--- base clear is the only thing I'll squirt these days.

   as it was explained to me from MikeF  11/18/2010 10:13:50 AM
 The substance is more like a wax. It comes out of the epoxy as it cures. When the epoxy is applied to cured gelcoat it bonds before it gets to the stage where the "wax" forms. If there's any place the epoxy isn't bonded to the gelcoat when wet there's a void. That's one of the reasons they have to use the rollers.

If you do a fiberglass repair and then apply gelcoat you have to clean this "wax" off or the gelcoat will not bond.

   Bought new fenders from lawrence.hermes  11/18/2010 1:28:17 PM
 Had damage to a fender (and wheel) this summer from a blow out. Insurance said it would cost more to repair than to replace new. I confirmed this with the shop that did the work. Since my Ranger is 12 years old and both fenders were faded from sun exposure I replace both. I also had to replace a wheel so I replaced both. Now I have a new looking trailer.

   Sure glad ..... from ReelDoc  11/18/2010 6:37:47 PM
 Sure glad my Triton has steel fenders! :-)




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