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Another look at FRP

Postby len19070 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:07 pm

In about 1990-91 I built a fence around my Pool.

I wanted it to be a nice privacy fence to sit on the elevated concrete around the Pool.

So I built a painted Cedar fence with FRP for the insert panels.

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No paint or anything, just raw FRP openly exposed, both sides to 20 years of North Eastern Winters, Summers, radical Temp changes, rain, sun, Chlorine etc.

And that's a School yard out back, balls hitting it, all the kids, and all things associated with a School Yard.

All the things I'm hearing that FRP is not supposed to do.

I recently had to reinsert a panel that was knocked out of its slot by something from the School Yard. Something that is a regular chore.

The panel was not broken, chipped, brittle or chalky.

In fact it looked as good as the day I put it in some 20 years before.

This is one hell of a test for a material that's not supposed to be able to withstand the Sun, Temp Changes and so on.

I'm convinced that this stuff can be used outside on say....A Trailer Roof that needs a solid nonporous sheet material.

Just my experience with the stuff.

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Postby caseydog » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:15 pm

Cool. Im glad I used it on my TD. :thumbsup:

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Postby synaps3 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:21 pm

Len --

Is that the stuff they use inside for showers / bathrooms?
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Postby len19070 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:31 pm

synaps3 wrote:Len --

Is that the stuff they use inside for showers / bathrooms?


Yep.

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Postby synaps3 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:36 pm

:o

I haven't seen it at my local Home Depot, where can we look for it (and what is the cost and size / sheet?)
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Postby steve smoot » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:41 pm

I found it Lowes Building Supply, $30 for a 4x8 sheet. They are stocking it in white , tan and gray. :thumbsup:
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Postby caseydog » Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:51 pm

synaps3 wrote::o

I haven't seen it at my local Home Depot, where can we look for it (and what is the cost and size / sheet?)


My local Lowe's had it in white and light beige colors. My HD had it in white only.

I special ordered mine in Tan from Home Depot. It took about a week to get. They had about a dozen colors to choose from.

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Postby len19070 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:10 pm

And if I'm not mistaken you can get this stuff in 9 or 10' sheets.

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Re: Another look at FRP

Postby Lou Park » Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:27 pm

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So I gotta ask. Are you out there in your skivvy's when the church lets out?
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Re: Another look at FRP

Postby len19070 » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:07 pm

Lou Park wrote:
So I gotta ask. Are you out there in your skivvy's when the church lets out?
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Not a chance.

And do you want to know why?

Because I have respect for my fellow man. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Another look at FRP

Postby Creamcracker » Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:06 pm

len19070 wrote:
Lou Park wrote:
So I gotta ask. Are you out there in your skivvy's when the church lets out?
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Not a chance.

And do you want to know why?

Because I have respect for my fellow man. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby Boodro » Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:41 pm

Len , I have it on my roof, been there for 5 years now with NO issues what so ever. If it gets dirty I just wash it off & its nice & shiny again. It helps keep the TD cool in the sun also! :applause: :applause: :applause:
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Postby High Desert » Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:47 am

these are some encouraging testimonials on the outdoor aspects of FRP. I'm thinking more and more this is the way I'll go on the roof of my first build. I've worked with it a lot on semi trailer interiors and know it's a tough material in regards to impacts and the like. It can also be patched and painted if needed or desired.

Whats everyones thoughts on attaching/bonding it to sidewalls & spars? Thickened epoxy?
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Postby Shadow Catcher » Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:13 am

There is FRP and then there is frp, all depends on what the composition/plasticizers are. Filon is made specifically for transportation/external use others will vary. I used to do testing on PVC pipe per ASTM standards, and while this is apples and oranges quality and durability vary greatly in a product with much less variability in what can go in the mix.
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Postby len19070 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:13 am

Shadow Catcher wrote:There is FRP and then there is frp, all depends on what the composition/plasticizers are. Filon is made specifically for transportation/external use others will vary. I used to do testing on PVC pipe per ASTM standards, and while this is apples and oranges quality and durability vary greatly in a product with much less variability in what can go in the mix.


I agree, there are different grades of products.

I used regular over the counter $30 a sheet Home Depot FRP.

And after a 20 Year Test it has held up extremely well.

What made me re-think FRP was I had a Class"C" Motor home come into my shop with the nose redone in FRP.

The owner was a Carpenter, he said it was over the counter Home Depot FRP and that he had redone it about 7 years earlier.

It was obviously a "Band aid" but it was sound

I crawled all over his repair looking for problems and found none.

These experiences tell me that FRP could be used for a Teardrop Build.

And if the trailer is properly covered or is stored inside I would see no problems.

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