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Old February 20th, 2006, 05:52 PM   #1
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Default Trimming Fiberglass

I've seen trimmed up Jeep's....however they all have metal bodies. Is there anything to consider when cutting a fiberglass body to look like this?

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Old February 20th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #2
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Don't breath the dust, wear gloves... use a fine toothed cutting utensile... make sure to support the peice well as you cut to prevent cracking...
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Old February 20th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #3
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Fiberglass cuts easier than steel....

And ditto what the monkey said. Ever hear the song "Fred Bear" by Teddly? Fred Bear died from lung complications after spending a lifetime fabbing up bows from fiberglass. It's nasty stuff.
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Old February 20th, 2006, 08:43 PM   #4
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couple of tips to cutting or working with fiberglass (even insulation)
Talcom poweder use it rub it all over any exposed skin. it plugs the poors to prevent the little fibers gettin ito your skin.
Breathing protection WEAR IT!!!! I have done enough damage to my lungs over the years and this stuff is bad for you, its like asbetos in your lungs the fibers burro in to the lung walls and never come out.
I have made many tools for working with glass and some are pretty trick. if you have to make up areas where you have huge gaps use masking to tape to fab up the space and the glass it in, the tape come right off after it sets.
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Old February 21st, 2006, 01:39 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips guys....I have the dust mask in hand already. So just a fine tooth sawzall blade or should I bust out the dremmel for this one? Also....I actually wasn't sure if the body could support that kind of trimming?
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Old February 21st, 2006, 01:44 PM   #6
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if you think a panel is to week and might crack or rip, support it by clamping the panel in scrap wood and then cut all the layers at once, that or cut along the wood that supports the panel.
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Old February 21st, 2006, 03:04 PM   #7
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Glass bodies have strange reinforcements in them too. Watch for these areas and try not to cut them out. It's why most of them don't have opening tailgates...not enough strength to keep them from cracking.
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Old February 23rd, 2006, 09:49 PM   #8
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tp prevent delamination of the glass you will need to add a little bit of resin to the cut edges
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Old February 24th, 2006, 07:41 AM   #9
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I'd invest in a respirator. I don't put a whole lot of faith in dust masks. My respirator is from 3M, can change the filters. Buy it once, buy it for life, your life!!
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