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Old 09-13-2014, 09:18 PM   #1
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How to refurbish plastic interior wheel well covers ?

I am working on a 1963 Bambi. Spoke with VTS, and apparently the interior plastic wheel well covers are no longer available.

When I took them off, I did not look close, but thought they were fiberglass, and no big deal to resin and lay some cloth over them. But now that it is time to put them back in, it seems they are some kind of now brittle plastic.

Is there a way to refurbish these ?

How about just clean them up ? I've tried citris cleaner, paint thinner, and MEK. With MEK kind of made some progress, but slow enough, I may run out of brain cells before the job is done.
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Old 09-13-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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I have a 63 overlander and mine were fiberglass, what does the underside look like? Mine are fiberglass with red threads.

I think West Systems has a patching product for plastics.

If they are fiberglass, it looks like you can strip them with Citrastrip. I've had a piece of mine sitting in Citrastrip for 2 days with no ill effects that I can see
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We refurbished our interior wheel wells utilizing a plastic mesh drywall tape and PVC adhesive. We apply adhesive in area of crack just like epoxy resin, then place mesh drywall tape, then more PVC adhesive. Two layers worked for us. We worked only on backside, because we were not sure it would sand like fiberglass. Give it time to dry and it firms up nicely.


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Can't tell much from this pic of the insides. One wheel well still has the insulation batting in it. (Still trying to think of a way to finish removing the remnants of the insulation from the one I started)

Both still have the AL flashing to attach to the interior skins.
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Try a wire brush to remove left over insulation, then drill out rivets with 1/8" drill bit


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The '65 I'm restoring has galvanized metal wheel well's that had
a brittle plastic cover interior side. ???
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I think my '63 is the same. Actual wheel wells are galvanized, these are just an interior cover.

They are probably ment to be nside cabinentry, however they seem too flimsy to support any weight under any circumstances. Wondering if it's possible to resin/fiberglass directly on the old plastic to give me something a little stiffer and paintable ?
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Mine had aluminum tops that were riveted on. While I wouldn't call them sturdy, it's an alternative to fiberglassing them, and probably cheaper. To give any real advice we need to see what's under all that old pink fiberglass .
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Wax them up and spray some resin over them to create new wheel wells, they only are meant to hold insulation against exterior wheel wells. Just like making speaker boxes.


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Very interesting idea to just fab a new set out of aluminum, and splash some kind of auto underbody sealant around the inside.

I can probably salvage enough decent material out of the old belly pan.
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Anyone make the interior wheel wells out of plywood?
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