Repair of fiberglass fairing parts
I did a search of all threads and didn't find an answer to my question.
Does anyone have any experience repairing fiberglass fairing parts? The previous owner of my K75S had a very low speed low-side that put a bit of rash on the right upper fairing and a couple of cracks that go all the way through the side of the belly pan.
I spoke with a friend who owns an autobody shop and he described a laborious and messy process of cutting out the bad parts and filling in the voids with many many alternating layers of glass and epoxy. He said I'd be itching for days if I attempted a home repair of fiberglass.
Has anyone discovered or invented a shortcut? I would think that it would be easier to put some sort of patch on the back to hold the severed pieces together, and then use some sort of filler to fill in and conceal the cracks.
I'll take some photos of the damage I'm trying to repair and upload them a bit later, as I'm sure that would further clarify the scope of my project.
Repairing of fiberglass fairing parts
If you are going to be grinding/sanding fiberglass, make damn sure you wear a good respirator. A dust mask is not adequate. Fiberglass particles will stick into the lining of the lungs, if breathed in, and NEVER go away. When I worked on yachts, I had a doctor tell me that if a person worked with fiberglass and smoked anything, they needn't bother saving for retirement 'cause they wouldn't make it.
Bump for a great thread on fiberglass repair...
Just ran across this old fiberglass thread while searching "K75 fiberglass" to ascertain or make certain that my "plastic" body parts are actually fiberglass---before I begin my painting preparation.
[B]I also have some cracked/chipped fairing and belly pan pieces that need some looking after, too. The chips are small, 1/4" or so and I'm hoping to get by well enough by cleaning and filling them with epoxy putty and sanding them before the primer and base coats go on.[/B]
The belly pan has an area of slight cracking about 3" around so there again I may try the putty on the back as well as the front sides and then sand smooth. Doesn't seem bad enough that it would require cloth and resin and then putty---I hope these assumptions are correct.
If anyone experience begs to differ, I'm all ears, but I think the damage I speak of is very minor and doesn't need the full monty, sotospeak. I do like Budding Geezer's approach and suspect that's the ticket in my particular case.