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Old 07-17-2005, 12:15 AM   #1
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lav sink fell apart in '71 Safari

I tried posting this an hour ago, but I get a window that says it has been posted, but it isn't showing up on the thread lists, so I won't waste time going into detail again in case this doesn't post either.

Bottom line: Lav sink suddenly full of cracks and hole, how to fix?
Or can sink/counter be replaced?
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Old 07-17-2005, 12:18 AM   #2
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Ah, it's working now.
Follow this link please, and scroll down to ibuyvintage's picture of his sink (lower right)
http://www.airforums.com/forum...ad.php?t=17182

This is also my problem, only the cracks are spider webbed in the sink, and when my husband barely touched it, a chunk fell off in his hand.
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Old 07-17-2005, 12:44 AM   #3
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If you still have the chunk that fell off, and the surrounding materila is strong, then you might be able to patch it back together with abs cement and then have the entire countertop/sink refinished by a bathtub refinishing specialist.
If the material is brittle all teh way across, then you will have to make a new countertop.
Is your bath a wet bath?
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Old 07-17-2005, 06:58 AM   #4
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Fiberglass Repair

I have had success repairing cracked bathroom components (before refinishing with two part epoxy paint) using fiberglass repair kits. I believe it was abs plastic in all instances. (I just finished repairing a 14" crack in my rear endcap the same way.)

I just roughed up the backside surface with sandpaper or something abrasive and repaired it from the backside with fiberglass (just follow instructions on box). A couple of layers of glass might be a good idea, for strength.

To fill in cracks in the front, I used Marine Epoxy (Loctite), also available at Lowe's or some home improvement store. I carefully sraped off excess while still wet and then sanded smooth once cured to hide crack.

This didn't seem very hard and is probably a lot cheaper than taking it to a "professional".

I just finished my second bathroom resto so it's pretty fresh in my mind.
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Old 07-17-2005, 05:22 PM   #5
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If you still have the chunk that fell off, and the surrounding materila is strong, then you might be able to patch it back together with abs cement and then have the entire countertop/sink refinished by a bathtub refinishing specialist.
If the material is brittle all teh way across, then you will have to make a new countertop.
Is your bath a wet bath?
Yes it is a wet bath, so not so easy to replace, unless someone is parting out a similar trailer, or Inland RV has them.
My husband would like to try fixing it first. We kept the piece. The plastic is pretty brittle, and probably thinner there as well from 30+ years of sink cleaning (with whoknowswhat, I might add - I don't know if the old bottle of Ajax we found in it when we bought it was for cleaning, fending off ants around the tires, or both). But some of the suggestions we found on the forums suggest that repairing it may strengthen its underside.

Pizza Chop - I saw your pictures when I was looking for a solution to my problem - Fantastic Job!!!!! Are there any 'before' pictures, to see what damage you started with? What shocked me about my lav was that it showed very little wear before this happened.

I will try to post pictures today, I know they would help in the diagnoses, but Dang! it's hot! My thermometer says 109º. And this time of day the trailer is in the sun.
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broken sink

I left the shower head in our 72 sink on the way home from an outing and apparently it hammered a hole in the sink. I patched it with fiberglass repair, and although it looks rough it does not leak. Very thin sinks!!!
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I'm having trouble uploading a picture to the forums, so here's a link to the sink

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The broken piecce is sitting off to the right, but it kinda blends in.
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I believe I'd try to repair it.

(I'm trying to sound diplomatic....of course I'd try to fix it!!)

Remove the sink and apply fiberglass repair to the entire underside. Might take two of the $10 Bondo repair kits that I used. (Remember to scuff up the entire surface.)

Somehow hold the broken piece in place (with tape or possibly cement/epoxy) and then build up the underside with at least 3 layers of fiberglass.

In about two hours, you can flip it over and start filling in the cracks with marine epoxy (black/white....mixes gray). 2-3 hours after that, you can sand it smooth.

Then go get some "Tough As Tile" 2 part epoxy paint, follow the prep instructions, and refinish your entire bathroom. You'll be so glad you did!

I repaired mostly cracks on my stuff. I just repaired the end cap (rear) on my Sovereign and can't believe I didn't take a picture of my handiwork before I got it back up. (I was in a hurry.)

YOU CAN DO IT, WE CAN HELP (or at least watch from a distance)!
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YOU CAN DO IT, WE CAN HELP (or at least watch from a distance)!
Stay tuned. We will probably fix it now to the point where it won't get any worse when we leave for the weekend, not use it right now, and 'prettify' it when the weather cools.

In my previous 'post that didn't post' I mentioned that it is 107º+ here right now, and the worst part of a heatwave at the beginning of hot season, is it probably won't be tolerable again until mid Sept.

You guys are the greatest. We've gotten so much help in the last year and a half from the forums. We haven't made it to any rallies yet, so this is the next best thing to being there, as far as seeing how other people modify their rigs.
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Ac

Doesn't your unit have AC? Add a 30 amp docking station (if you don't already have one), plug it in, turn on the AC, and go to town!

That is the only way I can get anything accomplished right now here in N. Georgia. (I have sworn off working under the Sovereign until I'm either done with everthing else, or it's cooler out, whatever comes first.)

But I know bathroom disassembly/reassembly is not very much fun, even in an airconditioned space!

As a lad, we used to ride motorcycles out in "Yucky" Valley and I do remember it being sort of warm in the summer. I remember visiting a place called "Giant Rock" where some guy had actually built a home underneath it. Many moons and miles ago!
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A/C's broke. It has a leak so tiny the A/C repairman can't find it - he'll charge the system and we'll have a/c for 2 weeks, then nothing. We're saving up for a replacement. And a better time of year to install.

We'd rather go camping now than wait until we can afford a new a/c - the high temps where we are going are around 85 degrees and dry (7000 ft). As I mentioned in the post that didn't post, this is our 'spring trip' as in we have had to postpone due to brake failure and illness. We just need to patch the sink so we can go this weekend without shattering it.

I live about 2 miles from Giant Rock. Yep, it's a tad warm - the high here at work this afternoon in Yucca Valley was 109.7.
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