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Old 06-18-2011, 11:55 PM   #1
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Exterior hole repair

I've got a hole in my new-to-me 1972 Tradewind LY on the back right corner. While eventually I plan to replace that panel, I can't afford that yet (I'm a student living aboard).

The guy I brought it from "fixed" it with good ol' duct tape several years ago, but I heard someone mention that I might be able to patch it with a piece of aluminum and some pop rivets. Any ideas on how viable this is? Any other ideas on cheap patching that I can DIY?

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Old 06-19-2011, 12:17 AM   #2
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With a little research and a few tools you should be able to repair your hole. You will need Olympic rivets to make a proper repair. Here is the link to some discussions on the forum.

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Old 06-19-2011, 06:25 AM   #3
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I've got a hole in my new-to-me 1972 Tradewind LY on the back right corner. While eventually I plan to replace that panel, I can't afford that yet (I'm a student living aboard).

The guy I brought it from "fixed" it with good ol' duct tape several years ago, but I heard someone mention that I might be able to patch it with a piece of aluminum and some pop rivets. Any ideas on how viable this is? Any other ideas on cheap patching that I can DIY?

Thanks!
Erin
Welcome to the forums. Such repairs are easy. It would help us if you sent a pic or two to show us how large the hole is.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:54 AM   #4
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Sorry, somehow I totally missed this section of the forums (I was a little bleary-eyed last night) and the moderator moved my thread here! I will definitely look around and post if I have more questions.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:19 PM   #5
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clean edges

I'm also patching exterior holes from previous modifications. What is the best way to smooth the edges of the patch I've cut? I tried snips and a few different blades, but still have a bit of a waver on the edges. I could lightly hammer it out, but don't want to risk marring the new aluminum. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:26 PM   #6
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I have plans myself to patch a small 3/4" hole on mine with a piece. I just plan to rivet it on and shave the rivets to match, with some sealant of course. I have a cool idea for the shape of the tag but will not reveal it at this point.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:54 PM   #7
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Smoothing the edges is best done with a very fine file stroking along the edge using light strokes and cleaning the file often....Phil.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:00 PM   #8
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To avoid the wavyness on the edge of a cut piece of aluminum, make sure the sheet metal shears do not close completely. Cut until they almost meet, then slide them along and start a new cut. Most of the waves happen when the shears close.

pgr32e has it right to finish with a file.
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:04 PM   #9
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I have a hole the PO patched very well w/ aluminum plate (3"x6") and a rubber gasket, pop riveted into place. I didn't even notice it until the deal was done. You can do it and do it well.
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:18 PM   #10
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Help have this hole and would prefer something other than another piece of aluminum and four rivets. Any thought or ideas?? Does anyone make aluminum "bondo like product" Thanks Terry tlcbuilder@aol.com

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Old 10-21-2011, 07:37 PM   #12
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Radio antenna? Or . . . look at SS boat fittings.



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Thanks, is was where someone put a TV cable wire thru. Right near front window, starboard side, so would prefer something less noticable, but a good idea. I had a couple other holes down low in back where I put the new water in and a couple 4" vent to hide holes and small damage, but was hoping for a better solution in this area. Someone needs to invent aluminum bondo that can be polished. thanks again Terry
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I'd install one of those fake security cameras in that hole.
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