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Old 11-21-2016, 01:17 PM   #1
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Cracked Exterior

I have a 2011 Flagstaff Classic Super Lite. It is in pretty nice condition as it was kept covered for the last five years. But I have noticed a couple tiny exterior cracks in the shell up front. Pictures are attached.

I suspect this may be the result from flex while towing. I don't really know. But I know that I need to fix it. I am handy, but I have never done anything like this. What do I have to do to fix this and keep the water out? Is it something I can do myself and make it look nice?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:32 PM   #2
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Stress is a possibility. What is mounted on the inside of the front cap? Might something inside have moved as well?
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Inside the wall is our bedroom. The head of the bed is centered against the front. We have cabinets above and on either side of the bed that are mounted to that wall. I do not see any damage on the interior.
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Stress is a possibility.
I'd guess a good possibility since it appears to have cracked in the same location on both sides. Maybe when they sprayed the fiberglass into the mold behing the gelcoat they did not build it up thick enough in those rounded areas?
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It isn't very difficult, but time consuming, the hardest part is going to be matching the paint and clear coating it, you will need to feather the paint and clear coat into the rest of the front cap. I would search on the internet for patching fiberglass cracks. A good link to look at is "http://corvettes.about.com/od/restoration/ss/How-To-Fix-A-Crack-In-Your-Corvettes-Fiberglass-Body.htm". you don't need all the tools like the long sanders, a small hand sander will work for what you are doing. If the crack goes all the way thru you may want to reinforce the inside of the wall as well or the crack may come back. There are many other instructional videos online to show you, I would just make sure to give yourself the time and patience to do the job correctly, otherwise you will be frustrated if the cracks come back.
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Old 11-28-2016, 10:20 AM   #6
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If paint is the hardest part, I am okay with that. This was helpfull. It looks like there are a lot of marine resources out there to show me how to do this.

I will definitely brace the cracks from the inside. The last thing I need is for it to come right back.
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