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Some where here on SMdotcom there was a thread that gave the actual composite material that was used to manufacture the OEM hardtops. It also included the proper resins to make repairs on that resin composite. It is not actually fiberglass. I have searched the search function using every words and terms that I can think of and keep coming up empty. Does anybody else remember where it is? [help]

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http://forum.specmiata.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/2232.html?

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=hardto....com&fp=64df356c6a3f8304?

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I didn't even remember that thread and I started it....

I just used regular fiberglass mat and resin. Nothing special at all.

Years later and still no cracks, though I never did get around to painting it black...

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quote:
Originally posted by PedalFaster:
http://forum.specmiata.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/2232.html?

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=hardto....com&fp=64df356c6a3f8304?

I hit your Google search and the tread I was looking for came up. http://forum.specmiata.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/2/4364.html. It's Sheet Molded Compound. Googled SMC repairs and tons of stuff came up! I learnd that SMC is molded with the mold release mixed thru out the composite, and that is why some varyations of normal fiberglass repairs won't stick.
Thanks!
FYI check these out:
http://www.fibreglast.com/product/LC_007
http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/fus-t21.html
http://www.autobodysupply.net/category-s/79.htm

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I used regular fiberglass mat and resin to repair
a vent hole some goofball made...it's held fine for a year.

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quote:
Originally posted by seege:
I used regular fiberglass mat and resin to repair
a vent hole some goofball made...it's held fine for a year.

Yep, I have made repairs too, and it held. I've also made repairs that didn't hold. Could not figure out what the difference was. Now I know. It's the base components in the random fiberglass repair kits and fillers that I have used. Now that I know what to look for I have a higher probability of success.

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You need to use SMC repair material or it will not adhere correctly. I fixed one here that someone had put fiberglass resin in, and once I got a corner of it, it just peeled right off. You can find that repair material at most Automotive paint suppliers, its made by 3m or SEM.

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