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Old 02-18-2018, 05:34 AM   #1
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Split in exterior at segment protector mount

I discovered a few cracks in the exterior of my Bambi at the mount for the segment protector on front right side. How to repair?......or do I have to replace the entire panel/section?


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Old 02-18-2018, 07:52 AM   #2
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Hey there,

I’d probably pull off the segment protectors and brackets then tastefully add a reinforcement patch under each bracket of thicker aluminum sheet stock.
I had a similar situation on my Avion on the hold-downs for my window rock guard and this is what I did to fix it.

Replacing the whole panel seems like overkill and before you know it you’d be doing a full monte shell off and adding a second story...

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-Remove bracket
-Reseal crack and holes
-Reinforce with aluminum backer plate - could be creative with size and shape
-Reattach bracket
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Hey there,

I’d probably pull off the segment protectors and brackets then tastefully add a reinforcement patch under each bracket of thicker aluminum sheet stock.
I had a similar situation on my Avion on the hold-downs for my window rock guard and this is what I did to fix it.

Replacing the whole panel seems like overkill and before you know it you’d be doing a full monte shell off and adding a second story...

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I think I will patch as suggested. Best to not go two stories on a 19' footer might get a bit top heavy!
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Thanks! Looks like the way to go!
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-Remove bracket
-Reseal crack and holes
-Reinforce with aluminum backer plate - could be creative with size and shape
-Reattach bracket


Know what I'll be doing in the next few days! Thanks for the help!
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Aluminum repair

Would suggest you drill a small hole at the end of the crack to reduce chance of it continuing. Like plexiglas the crack will continue to grow if there is any stress on the panel.
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Maybe old eyes, but could that be filiform corrosion rather than a crack? If so clean gently anf treat with formula 303, and seal with clearcoat (OR silver fingernail polish)
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There looks to be filiform around parts of the area, but I would bet there’s a growing crack as well. I would wonder what made the crack start, and also try to eliminate the root cause, if at all possible.
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Thanks....what size rivet did you use? 1/8 x 3/16?
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