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12-02-2005 07:40 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Secret Squirrel

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Hi everyone,
I have a canopy that got dented in a smack, apart from this, there is nothing wrong with it and I was wondering if the dent could be 'punched' back out and I could use it as a knock around canopy?

Any ideas you could help me out with here would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Si

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12-02-2005 08:05 AM  12 years agoPost 2
crowfly

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I would go inside & push the "dents" out. Scuff it up on the inside with some coarse sand paper (60-120 grit). Aquire some lightweight fiberglass cloth. Mix up some 30 minute epoxy. Thin it just a little with rubbing alcohol. Wet down the area of the cracks with the epoxy. Apply the fiberglass. Dab on some more epoxy with a brush. Keep dabbing until the glass is fully saturated & all the air is worked out.

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12-02-2005 08:42 AM  12 years agoPost 3
satwelsh

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Try putting into a bowl of the hottest water you can to soften it and then you can push the dents out easier. Then fill from the inside will glass fibre matting

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12-02-2005 04:43 PM  12 years agoPost 4
Salty

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I would do what those folks said, and seeing as the affected area is in the black windscreen I would fill the dinged areas, smooth with a light coat of filler, mask the rest of the canopy off and repaint the windscreen black, you wont be able to notice a bit!

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12-02-2005 06:56 PM  12 years agoPost 5
vertolfan

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Si, from reading your website is this due to the piroutting loop gone bad?

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12-02-2005 07:02 PM  12 years agoPost 6
A. Bundy

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You can thin out epoxy with a heat gun as well.It makes it easier to work with on glass cloth.

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12-02-2005 07:08 PM  12 years agoPost 7
tskg2

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Even you???

Si- good lord- even you have a smack sometimes??? I'm shocked!!

Must be getting distracted by all the lovely heli-babe groupies over there in Oz.

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12-02-2005 10:18 PM  12 years agoPost 8
Secret Squirrel

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Hi guys,
Thanks for your replies.

Vertolfan, yeah the piroetting loop was just fine, it was the my stupidity in the piroetting straight line after it that caused this! I hang my head in shame...

So the plan is to get a little heat into it, push out the majority of the dent then fill it out?

Si

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12-02-2005 11:53 PM  12 years agoPost 9
BC Don

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I've had success in using thin fiberglass cloth (I use 1" wide strips) and thin CA. I've also had success with the cloth and some 30 min. Epoxy. I like the idea of thinning the epoxy out with a "bit" of alcohol but I wouldn't use any more than 10% to 20% MAX.

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12-03-2005 12:16 AM  12 years agoPost 10
Paul Beard

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Cut the window area out and install the stock window.

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