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Old 06-20-2018, 09:11 PM   #1
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How do I fill holes in my old interior vinyl clad skin

So, we're planning to reuse and paint our vinyl clad interior skin once we reinstall it. One problem that I foresee is all of the old screw and rivet holes that will be visible after changes in window treatments, cabinet and fixture placement, etc. If these were drywall or plaster or even wood walls I'd know exactly what to do, but aluminum? And these walls will be bouncing around to top it off. So, epoxy? I'm looking for the solutions others have come up with. As I mentioned we intend to prime and paint the interior skin.
P.s. These holes are random and numerous. Filling them with more rivets would look terrible.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:38 PM   #2
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I built a aluminum endcap for ours and stripped the front walls to bare aluminum, since I removed our radio I also wanted the speakers gone so I could have patched but instead I made new skins for those areas. I had bought a roll from Aircraft spruce delivered to do the endcap so I did the same for the new panels.
I think a few rivets to fill holes is not the worst thing.
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I had the same issue. I used all purpose bondo. Worked awesome! Primed and painted. You can even see the old holes. Click image for larger version

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ID:	314677 I got the suggestion from many others on the forum. Work in small batches and it's sandable in 15 minutes. It's a permanent fix.
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Bondo after the skins are reinstalled. Caulk all the seams then paint. It will be almost perfect
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I built a aluminum endcap for ours and stripped the front walls to bare aluminum, since I removed our radio I also wanted the speakers gone so I could have patched but instead I made new skins for those areas. I had bought a roll from Aircraft spruce delivered to do the endcap so I did the same for the new panels.
I think a few rivets to fill holes is not the worst thing.

Thanks for your suggestions and encouragement Alan,
I wish it were just a few holes. It may come to some replacement, but hoping to avoid that at this point. Since my plan is to keep the skins as is (with vinyl cladding) a new unclad piece may stand out even worse.

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I had the same issue. I used all purpose bondo. Worked awesome! Primed and painted. You can even see the old holes. Attachment 314677 I got the suggestion from many others on the forum. Work in small batches and it's sandable in 15 minutes. It's a permanent fix.
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Bondo after the skins are reinstalled. Caulk all the seams then paint. It will be almost perfect

Thanks for this suggestion Matt,

I've never worked with Bondo, so it hadn't occurred to me. Now it seems like the obvious choice! I appreciate your help and encouragement.
BTW, what type of primer and paint did you end up using?
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I used this for primer:Click image for larger version

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I then used a good interior latex.
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I used this for primer:Attachment 314710
I then used a good interior latex.

Thanks Matt. Much appreciated.
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