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Old 04-13-2014, 01:56 PM   #1
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Cracked tambour housing.

Anyone had this problem? I wonder if there is something other than fibreglass cloth to patch it. Thanks, M
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Cracked tambour housing.

If you have good access to the back of the crack you might try putting a good "tooth" on the plastic, (tooth= aggressive sanding or grinding with a coarse medium) and using an epoxy glue in conjunction with fiberglass mat.

I imagine that the back of that plastic is so smooth and slick that getting glue to stick without a good sanding is highly doubtful. A failed glue joint sucks to no end.

If you can't get to the back, I would consider learning to ignore the crack. It will be difficult to achieve a solid and good looking repair on that piece without extensive refinishing of the entire piece, and even then, preserving and/or recreating the texture will be next to impossible.
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Would it make me a bad Airstreamer if I didn't know for sure what a tambour is?

Lol, I imagine it is the interior plastic thing that fits under the end cap?
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Tambour is the cloth backed material used in the rolling cabinet doors of the 70's trailers. Yours should be loaded with it. Bad Airstreamer, bad, bad.

To Mike: At minimum you should drill a 1/8" hole at the very lower end of the crack to relieve the stress and keep it from growing longer. It is an old, and very successful trick to stop cracks from continuing on their merry way. Be sure you get the end of the crack for your hole.
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Here's a tambour door: Thanks to idroba for the drilling sugestion. WD-40 works great to keep the sliders from sticking.
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My trailer DID have several similar doors, none now though...
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