Fiberglass Body Care And Repair

Parts are made of molded fiberglass. There are 3 types of fiberglass material finishes:

1. Gel Coat finish: This finish is made of a special pigment and blended polyester resin several thousandths of an inch thick.

2. Molded-in-Color finish: This finish is molded into the fiberglass material which is the same color throughout its thickness.

3. Painted finish: This finish is painted on the natural color fiberglass material using standard painting procedure.

The Gel Coat and molded-in-color finishes require minimum care and can be kept new looking by following these easy maintenance rules:

Clean, buff and wax the exterior periodically to renew finish.

An automotive wax type cleaner containing fine rubbing compound is suitable for removing minor scratches and scuffs. Scratches which are not removed by the rubbing compound can be removed by wet sanding with 400 grit sandpaper. Then wet sand with 600 grit sandpaper, rebuff and apply wax polish.

Care should be taken not to cut through the gel coat surface when buffing. A power buffer may be used with care or the surface may be buffed by hand, using a rubbing compound.

Patch and fill in deep scratches, scars and small breaks.

Repair any major breaks as soon as possible, to avoid any additional damage.

For damage to the gel coat finish, you will need a can of Gel Coat of the same color and a small amount of catalyst. For damage to the molded-in-color surface, you will need a can of Filler Coat of the same color and a small amount of catalyst. For deeper holes, breaks, or gouges, you will also need some fiberglass mat and pre-accelerated polyester resin. Gel coat and Filler Coat with catalyst are available in kit form from the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. The other materials including fiberglass mat, and pre-accelerated polyester resin are supplied in fiberglass repair kits which are available at most marine or automotive supply stores.

Damage to the painted type finish can be repaired by sanding, priming and painting using regular painting procedure.

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