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Old July 23rd, 2014, 10:49 PM
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DMV fiberglass shop

So I recently purchased Gustavo's fiberglass hardtop, knowing it had issues and prepared to put money into it to get it back in shape.

Can any DC, Virginia, or Maryland folks recommend a boatshop auto shop or home fiberglasser who I can contact (preferably close to Arlington, but willing to transport farther out)?

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Maybe put a "wanted" ad out on Craigslist?
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Good point Jason. I cruised CL and sent a few emails to folks that had websites and photos of work they've done, I'll post on CL as well. Hoping someone local has a line on an established shop though.
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How bad is the damage? I have all you need to repair it, even if it's in pieces.
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Hunt around for a Corvette specialist shop.
Ask your insurance agent to call one of his best auto damage adjusters and have them come back with Corvette friendly shops.
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I don't know if you'll find this in this area... but who knows...

Try looking for a surf board repair shop/guy. My friends dad used to fix them in their garage. The board came out looking new, it was impressive work.
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Also... If you feel adventurous... Try this:

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/b...0-P#fragment-2
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I can only guess, but my guess is that these tops were made by chop gunning fiberglass strand and resin into a gel coated mold. Then they were likely hand rolled with a fiberglass roller to remove the air bubbles and flatten the strands. This results in a thin high strength shell with fiberglass strands in all directions as opposed to wetted cloth.
Repair would consist of grinding away shattered glass at a shallow angle until solid material is reached. You do this on the inside to keep as much of the gel coat intact as possible. Then lay in wetted mat until the original thickness is achieved, using progressively larger patch pieces to match the feathered area around the break. A final roller to remove air bubbles should do it and then allow the resin to kick.
Clear packing tape placed on the outside of the repair acts as both a dam to keep the resin where it belongs as well as a way of keeping finish sanding to a minimum. After the repair has dried you pull off the tape and it shouldn't need much work at all on the outside.
This is exactly how I did my tractor top after dropping a house on it.
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