First time fiberglass repair...

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    ...not perfect...I ain't gonna put the collision shop outta business any time soon...but this was easier than I expected. A LOT of waiting for stuff to dry...I totally understand why freightliner didn't want to perform this repair.

    This is a very common repair... the shop usually unglues the whole fender panel, glues in a new panel, primers it and paints it. Takes three days.

    The problem is... this is my oldest truck...my first truck...my baby. At 22 years old, it's a grandpa. The fenders are way on backorder...6 months at least... and the shop didn't want to rebuilt it...so I decided to try it myself.

    Got the fiberglass mat and fiberglass reinforced Bondo at Walmart...maybe $30.

    Regular resin was $8...but I needed special resin...$60.

    Evercoat glaze...$22...worth every penny...from O'Reilly's.

    $60 in sandpaper, guidecoat, acetone, misc.

    $40 in paint and primer.

    And I bought one of those vibrating multi-sander-cutters from Harbor Freight with a finger sander...$36...VERY usefull.

    And the rest of the tools I had...angle grinder with cut off wheel, orbital sander, belt sander, inline sander, etc.

    Turned out pretty good for first attempt.

    Pics to follow.
     
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    Pics of your work?
     
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    You drive a freight shaker?
     
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    It's simple and fun...


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    I Learned on a 10-speed fright shaker. They're pretty good. Drove a Kenworth out in the real world though.
     
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    Kenworth T250 I think? That and a 9 speed peterbuilt. Stressful stuff there.
     
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    I've never done a Peterbilt. Though I took a shot at a job for an international 18-speed water bottle for the local gas extraction company. Turned it down for a regional. Turns out that was probably a mistake.
     
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    I got a different job. Takes a curtain personality to drive big stuff.
     
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    The one I drove looked just like this one.

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    Nice drive but I thought it was a bit underpowered.
     
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    Yeah. I had a heart attack last December and it took Me until July to get My medical card back. I picked up a good job waiting and I'll probably not go back to driving.

    LOL Waiting meaning I was waiting to go back to driving, not waiting on people.
     

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