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Project: How to Fiberglass a Boler

September 12, 2018 |  by  |  Projects, Tutorials  |  No Comments

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

What? I know – it’s a odd topic found here on 3ten.ca, but it has a purpose.

Most of you know Bryce and I fix up old Boler trailers and send them off into the world with happy new owners. Thus far we’ve done 4 and we’ve kept Tipsy, which makes 5. On Instagram we’ve been asked more than a handful of times about fiberglass. So, this post is for those who are looking for a bit of direction.

Know that we’re total DIYers – our own brand of expert. We are knowledgeable and you can see some of our results below.

How to Fiberglass a Boler

I’ll share some tips and then also one of the most helpful videos ever for learning how to fiberglass.

Prep Tips

You’ll want to sand down all the fiberglass, yet on the area you’re going to repair, you’ll need to do a bit more sanding – ensure you sand down the gel coat fully around a large hole if you’re going to completely fill it in. Also, make sure you wear a mask – the fiberglass and resin can be quite harmful if inhaled.

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

Large Void Tips

Okay, the video I’ll share below goes over quite a bit of detail, yet it’s mainly for fiberglassing over something specific – not covering negative space. So, I want to talk a bit about that.

We covered about 9 fully void holes on Tipsy.

First, we lined a piece of wood with parchment paper. Then, from the back side of the void we screwed it in place. Fiberglass won’t stick to the parchment paper and you need something strong, like wood (not cardboard) which will give you resistance when applying your first coat.

Then, once you have 2 or 3 layers (however many you think you need) – we did 3 and sanded down quite a bit – you’ll remove the wood, screws, and parchment paper.

Yes – you will have small screw holes – you can follow the tips below for those.

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

Small Imperfection Tips

On small holes, cracks, or large chips (too big for Bondo) we use fiberglass to do the repair. One big tip is to do all of your fiberglass work at one time, since it can be messy. So, identify all of your imperfections and spots that you want to repair. Then, cut out all the different shapes you’ll need. I prep them and Bryce does the application.

Work quickly since it will harden fast, depending on your resin to hardener ratio (another reason to do all the work at the same time – do the math only once!).

For these small imperfections you’ll most likely only need one layer of fiberglass and then you can sand down to make it smooth. The more accurate you are with cutting your shapes, the less sanding you’ll have to do (and the less fiberglass you’ll waste).

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

Finishing Tips

Since we were covering up a massive hole we had some small imperfections in the larger sections. As such, we used this fiberglass filler.

You’ll sand the finished fiberglass work, then fill, sand, then fill a bit more, and sand again.

One trick we learned – don’t eyeball it. Close your eyes and feel with your hand. You can feel the imperfections much easier than you can see them. Also, don’t underestimate those tiny issues – they will magnify when you paint.

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

Here the large back window is completed – fiberglassed, sanded, filled, and feels smooth.

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

Below you can see the finished product painted – looks so good!

Guess how many holes are actually on this side of the trailer? There are 3 – yes, we covered 3 completely void holes on this side alone. Cool, eh?

How to Fiberglass a Boler: 3ten.ca

Tackling the fiberglass work yourself can seem like a daunting task – take it from us, you can do it! Get the right tools, the right products, and the right direction and you’ll be all set.

Here’s the Fiberglassing Video Tutorial I love!

Thanks so much for visiting and reading. I hope this helps give even just one person the confidence to tackle fiberglassing themselves. Happy repairing!

Project: Minnie the Boler After

August 18, 2018 |  by  |  Projects  |  No Comments

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

She’s all done – here is Minnie the Boler after her renovation. This 1971 Boler is a true piece of Canadian history – and now she’s at home in California. Yes, in Cali.

Minnie the Boler After

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

I love how these adorable vintage hubcaps just pull the whole look together. Also, I love how she doesn’t have a huge vent for the fridge or for the furnace – keeps this side looking clean.

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

The white LED license plate light – it’s all in the details. Not to mention, that retro white spare tire cover.

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

This colour! It’s a little unique, yet it was the driving force for all the vintage orange decor. The couch has welting to match the back dinette cushions. Having all of that pattern, I find, would make the inside of the trailer too busy. Keeping the couch more natural added to the dimension of the interior.

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

We kept things light and bright with natural wood and white walls.

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

This little dinette is just too cute. Love it.

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

And, it’s a bed!

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

Some details – door lock (much more secure than a 45 year old lock) and a brand new jack – all complete with a matching propane tank.

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

She’s light – we towed her with our Honda Element. So awesome.

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

Minnie the Boler After: 3ten.ca

Well, there you have it – Minnie the Boler after complete with a little personality and style.

Project: Minnie the Boler Before

August 15, 2018 |  by  |  Photos, Projects  |  No Comments

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

This is Minnie the Boler – she’s a 1971 (although we initially thought 1979) Canadian made fiberglass trailer. We called her Minnie because we ended up picking a Mango Sorbet colour to paint her and one of our favourite little places to grab take-away is called Mini Mango. As such, meet Minnie the Boler.

Minnie the Boler Before

Rough shape? Yes.

We picked her up a few hours from home and although I say she’s in rough shape, she really isn’t. The body was in good condition and so was the frame. They just needed some love. Oh, and some prettiness. Nothing makes a space feel light and bright like fresh white paint and some tasteful decor.

Okay, let’s check out this Boler and see the before photos!

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

About 4 layers of paint.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Bland colour.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Harsh colour on the inside and not a lot of brightness.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Carpet. Yes, carpet!

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

A few rock chips.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

And oh, the silicone. Gobs and gobs of silicone.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Look at all that discoloured silicone on the belly band. Yuck! It’s not even neatly tapped off; nope, just gobbed on in hopes of doing something I suppose.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Some frame work. Getting some extra supports welded on to reinforce the frames strength. Safety first, right!

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Minor fiberglass work.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Look at all the silicone I scrapped off. So much! Oh, and all that paint.

White, then yellow, next green, then red and oh, back to white.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

We removed so much crap – out with the old and in with the new.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

This is me taking a sanding selfie.

Minnie the Boler Before: 3ten.ca

Well, there you have it – photos of Minnie the Boler before her transformation. Stay tuned for what’s to come – I’ll share what she looks like post renovation this weekend.

Happy camping!

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