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Postby GPW » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:01 am

Update: The consensus is that galvanized trailers should be left alone, they’re Supposed to look that way ... :o Well, that’s Easy !!! Thrifty too . :thumbsup:
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Postby tartosuc » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:53 pm

HI,
I got a bunch of sails that were put to garbage..its very thick and slick canevas, do you guy's think it could be used to re-do a roof? what kind of adhesive would you use with it?

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RE: Seized Bolts

Postby mezmo » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:57 pm

Hi GPW,

RE: Your rusted seized bolts on the galvanized trailer.

On the Aussie Vintage Caravan forum I frequent a lot
[ http://vintagecaravans.proboards.com/index.cgi ] they are
talking about soaking rusted items in molasses or a molasses and
water solution and it is supposed to give amazing results.

Why not try slathering on some molasses on one of the bolts/nuts and
covering with a plastic wrap - a la paint the stripping method - and see
what happens? At the worst, all you'd lose is a bit of time and a few
tablespoons of molasses.

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Postby mezmo » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:07 pm

Hi tartosuc,

Since you have so much fabric available, why not try a test of using
some of it and cover a sturdy cardboard box or small box made of thinner
plywood [1/4in - 1/2in w/ inner corner blocks, beveled if possible]. You
could size it to be useful to carry camping items for you. Titebond II & III
glue is the most economical choice it appears. A couple of Foamlings/
Foamanistas here have already done such and were satisfied with their
results. At first blush, I don't see why it wouldn't work fine on the WA-WA.

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Postby GPW » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:19 pm

Norm , the worse that can happen is I’ll draw some ants ... :o As with Eagles experience , ants do seem drawn to trailers ... :lol: I had an ant problem in my old wooden TD ... :roll: I WILL try that !!!
Tart , Great find !!!! Likely Dacron , which was a fabric we discussed some many pages back ... 8) 8) 8)
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Postby chartle » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:21 pm

tartosuc wrote:HI,
I got a bunch of sails that were put to garbage..its very thick and slick canevas, do you guy's think it could be used to re-do a roof? what kind of adhesive would you use with it?


I'm not sure if you can glue it. Its the slick part makes me concerned.

Its probably treated to keep it from getting water logged. If water can't soak in neither will glue.
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Postby GPW » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:15 pm

Chart, I’m Sure there's something to glue those sails on with ... something Foam compatible ... If not they’s make great awnings .... Very Thrifty !!! :thumbsup:
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Postby chartle » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:50 pm

GPW wrote:Chart, I’m Sure there's something to glue those sails on with ... something Foam compatible ... If not they’s make great awnings .... Very Thrifty !!! :thumbsup:


Its probably some sort of plastic coating like PVC. Anything that would work with PVC would dissolve the foam.

I can only imagine something like maybe contact cement and a lot of pain. :x
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Postby Wobbly Wheels » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:54 pm

tartosuc, those sails should indeed be Dacron (nylon). Epoxy will work and won't hurt the styrofoam but it will kick 'thrifty' in the backside....

I agree with the testing idea - it might take quite a bit to wet them out since the weave is usually so tight on a main.
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Postby tartosuc » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:38 am

From what i could see the sails are waterproof and will not absorb any type of glue so my thinking is that i will need someking of contact cement to be able to "glue it". on my trailer the top is not styrofoam but wood so i'm not worried about hurting foam with the glue i will use.

it too cold to do testing outside, i will cut pices of sails to test with different type of glues/epoxy/contact cement.

keep sugegstion coming, i have no knowledge in gluing stuff.

i'll try to get info in a boat shop
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Postby eaglesdare » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:44 am

omg, i would think molasses would attract those ants. ick.

in my case i am just glad they only tried coming up on the tripod and electric cord. taking care of that was easy, put water bowls around tripod legs and remove the electric cord. so glad they did not start using the tires. now that would have been a problem.

those sails look pretty cool, but seems to be a technical thing. so i will leave that one alone.
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Postby GPW » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:03 pm

OK, Got some Molasses , going to try it .... hope someone wasn’t just having me on ... :lol: We’ll see if it attracts any wildlife ... :roll:
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Postby chartle » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:46 pm

GPW wrote:OK, Got some Molasses , going to try it .... hope someone wasn’t just having me on ... :lol: We’ll see if it attracts any wildlife ... :roll:


I may work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molasses#Industrial

Molasses is acidic so it would be like using Navel Jelly.
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Postby GPW » Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:55 pm

Naval Jelly , but my navel’s not rusted ... :o I will try it in a few minutes ... be back ...
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Postby GPW » Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:02 pm

Had to happen sooner or later ... we’ve run out of words ... :o Everybody knows what to do , so lets get down to building !!! 8)
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