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Leaking roof

Geraldine

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This weekend, with the rain we noticed water coming in the storage area/drivers cabin. On further investigation we have noticed that it looks like the fibreglass on the roof is perishing. Has anyone any ideas how we should tackle this repair.
We are at the New Forest meet if anyone has any advice or guidance.
Many thanks. David.

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Wully

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The easy way. Go to you’re local builders yard or roofing supply company get a tin of flexacryl or from amazon
The hard way.. looks like it’s had a repair in the past don’t know how big the area is in photos but I’ve seen you’re van so have a rough idea. It looks like it’s delaminating and the top coat isn’t a resin top coat looks as though it’s been painted. It can be repaired easily with resin and mat but won’t look pretty first you’ll have to sand down the compete area affected to give slightly rough surface get as much of the couloured top coat of as you can measure the area and cut some fibreglass Matt to the size it can be done in several pieces if needed. You’ll mix some resin with a catalyst to activat the liquid resin you’ll apply the resin this has to be done pretty quickly using a small roller or paint brush as soon as you’ve done this you Lay you’re Matt over the wet resin then apply another coat of resin just like putting wallpaper paste on while is still wet you run a small metal roller over complete surface let it cure should take 30 minutes to completely cure then give it a sand and apply resin top coat. That’s too complicated just go to a roofers merchan
 
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Geraldine

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The easy way. Go to you’re local builders yard or roofing supply company get a tin of flexacryl or from amazon
The hard way.. looks like it’s had a repair in the past don’t know how big the area is in photos but I’ve seen you’re van so have a rough idea. It looks like it’s delaminating and the top coat isn’t a resin top coat looks as though it’s been painted. It can be repaired easily with resin and mat but won’t look pretty first you’ll have to sand down the compete area affected to give slightly rough surface get as much of the couloured top coat of as you can measure the area and cut some fibreglass Matt to the size it can be done in several pieces if needed. You’ll mix some resin with a catalyst to activat the liquid resin you’ll apply the resin this has to be done pretty quickly using a small roller or paint brush as soon as you’ve done this you Lay you’re Matt over the wet resin then apply another coat of resin just like putting wallpaper paste on while is still wet you run a small metal roller over complete surface let it cure should take 30 minutes to completely cure then give it a sand and apply resin top coat. That’s too complicated just go to a roofers merchan
Brilliant, Thanks Wully. Most of the damage is up at the front of the vehicle and as you say it looks like it's been repaired
In the past.
Many thanks.
 

Topmast

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As Wully said there are several ways to repair your roof but if it were me I would go for the fiberglass method it will take a bit longer but once done will outlast anything else. Don’t be put off if you have never used it before just a bit of time and patience it isn’t difficult.
 

Geraldine

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What are the pipes in the picture for?
Good question Steve. I think they are vent holes/taps.Inside the cab the roof is sealed so these taps must be blocked off.
Maybe in the old days this was the ventilation for the driver sleeping in the driver's cab.
Cheers.
 

jagmanx

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You might be interested in this
They also do a "white" and other products.
May be useful if you do a full fibre-glass repair and simply want extra cover.
I used clear to fix a damaged skylight.
I bought twice as much as I needed and also went round the outside of the roof (3/4)
1 the front seam to the cab roof
2&3 the seams to the sidewalls
No advantage to the rear as there is no join !
 

Geraldine

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Temporary job done under my careful supervision. With Duck tape silver. Will do a proper job later in the year as adviced.
Many thanks all.47402474034740447405
 

Northumborman

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Nothing like a quick and dirty fix! ;)(y)
 

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