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Old 12-27-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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Delamination repair

Thought I'd share my experience fixing some delamination in my 65' caravel. Age or humidity had caused the top layer of wood to delaminate near the stove and in several other places. I came up with a method of repair that seems to have worked.

Supplies
Several large bore syringes (larger bore is for strength not fluid flow)
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Superglue


To prepare I set up for clamping the area somehow. For example, to clamp the panel next to the stove. I used a large flat peice of solid hardwood and wedged it against the panel using a long peice of wood going from the sink to the wall. Any method of clamping will do.

Once I knew how I would clamp. I removed the clamp trial, and sucked up Superglue into the syringe. Then I would use the syringe to penetrate the upper delaminated layer of wood and dump the superglue behind the delaminated layer. I did this in multiple locations gradually moving around the delaminated area making sure to get glue in all locations. I then clamped it up for a few hours and was done.

The nice thing about this is it did not damage the upper layer's finish and allowed me to keep my trailer as orignal as possible.

Good luck.

George
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