Photo: Patches

At the end of my post last week, I mentioned that I’d purchased Marine-Tex from Amazon, but ran out of time to explain why. Here’s a visual explanation.

Hmm, what's going on here?

Hmm, what’s going on here? Lets take a closer look…

The temporary patch job I did over hail damage earlier this year when it started leaking

The temporary patch job I did over hail damage earlier this year when it started leaking

Chips on Cas' roof, the fiberglass shows through on these two

Chips on Cas’ roof, the fiberglass shows through on these two

A hole where a rivet use to be. This particular rivet held the sewer hose holder to the front of the trailer (older models didn't have the hollow bumper)

A hole where a rivet use to be. This particular rivet held the sewer hose holder to the front of the trailer, I couldn’t use it because my Rhino-flex hose is too big and it was starting to fall apart anyway.

Okay, what's with the tape flowers?

Okay, what’s with the tape flowers?

The tape flowers keep the Marine-Tex epoxy from going where it shouldn't!

The tape flowers keep the Marine-Tex epoxy from going where it shouldn’t!

Tada! All patched. (Which reminds me, Cas needs a good cleaning...)

Tada! All patched. Once it’s cured it can be sanded down.

These photos make me think my next project should be giving Cas a good wash, heh.

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Becky

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12 Comments

  1. Jodee Gravel on December 15, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Nice job Becky! Being able to do some of your own repairs and maintenance not only saves time but feels pretty darn good ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Becky on December 15, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      I was actually feeling pretty pressured during this repair. Was running out of light and there was rain in the forecast. If the rain had started before the Marine-Tex was set enough I would have been in trouble. All seems to have gone well though. ๐Ÿ™‚



  2. Matt on December 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Nice post, almost a little tutorial about the fiberglass repair. Very useful.



    • Becky on December 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Yeah Matt, Marine-Tex is good stuff. I used it on a previous repair to Cas the summer before I started living in him, I linked to that post under the first comment if you want a more detailed report.



  3. Blaize Sun on December 13, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I am also impressed with the tape flowers. I bet they have lots of applications.

    I don’t have an RV (I’m rubber tramping in a van), but I appreciate this informative post. (Although I have to admit, when I saw the title of the post, I thought you were going to tell us about cloth patches, the kind Girl Scouts attach to a sash.)



    • Becky on December 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Haha, I like to keep you all guessing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I acquired my Jr. Ranger patch at Yellowstone this summer, but I have nothing to attach it to!

      I’ve used tape before when caulking when I wanted a smooth edge too, masking tape is handy stuff.

      Hope you’re staying warm in your van, safe travels and happy trails.



  4. Terri on December 13, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I’m learning a ton by just looking at these photos! Where did you come up with the idea of tape flowers?? I never would have thought of that. I have an area I need to patch on my RV too.
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    • Becky on December 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      If you’d like a written report of the last time I used Marine-Tex Terri, I linked to it on the first comment. It’s good stuff and not hard to use.

      As always I found directions and tips online from others who’ve used it before. Probably on the Casita forum but could have been a different one.



  5. Michael on December 13, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Thank You for sharing this. I need to learn how to make some of these repairs. I will try this product. Thanks again.



    • Becky on December 13, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      You’re welcome Michael!

      Two other things of import that I’ll note:

      1. The white (fiberglass) Marine-Tex takes 24 hours to cure.

      2. The temperature needs to be above 55 degrees for those 24 hours, or it won’t cure fully or will take longer.



  6. Ron on December 12, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    You are very multi talented.



    • Becky on December 13, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      As always, I found directions on how to apply Marine-Tex online Ron, but thanks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      This is actually the second time I’ve used this stuff to patch Cas. Anyone looking for a more thorough written report can see here: https://interstellarorchard.com/2012/04/09/fun-with-epoxy/



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