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Old 11-26-2019, 11:02 AM   #1
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I知 getting ready for paint. I致e been doing all the modifications to the outside before the paint. This includes changing rub rail placement. Now I have holes to fill. I figure I had better ask now so I won稚 have to fix later.

I知 filling screw holes in the aluminum skin with JB Weld. Anyone think this is a bad idea?

Question: I知 removing the lights from the fiberglass ends. I知 going to reinstall these and I知 worried about the fiberglass holding the screw again. I suppose I could go to the next screw size, but was thinking about using something in the hole to hold the existing screws. Any ideas?

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body filler would work and much cheaper and easier to use than jb weld.
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Yeah, I think it's a bad idea, assuming you want them to stay filled. In my experience cured JB weld has zero flexibility, and is very much prone to cracking/chipping over time.
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Old 11-26-2019, 11:11 AM   #4
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body filler would work and much cheaper and easier to use than jb weld.
I知 only doing about 25 holes so a small pack of JB weld is enough.. I thought JB weld would hold the hole better.
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Old 11-26-2019, 04:45 PM   #5
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Machine screws and nuts if you can access the back side.
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:28 PM   #6
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Question: I知 removing the lights from the fiberglass ends. I知 going to reinstall these and I知 worried about the fiberglass holding the screw again. I suppose I could go to the next screw size, but was thinking about using something in the hole to hold the existing screws. Any ideas?

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Old 11-26-2019, 06:26 PM   #7
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JB weld is pretty runny for quite a while. I think you would have trouble getting it to stay until set.
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Old 11-26-2019, 06:53 PM   #8
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JB weld is pretty runny for quite a while. I think you would have trouble getting it to stay until set.
Actually it worked great that way. I used a swab stick to put it in and get some on the inside, then I fill up the hole. It runs a little but stays put.

It痴 pretty hard, so it sands at a slower rate than the paint. So far it痴 working. Maybe I should try to destroy a patch to see how it holds up.
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I知 filling screw holes in the aluminum skin with JB Weld. Anyone think this is a bad idea?
Are you talking about Steelstick? I used that to fill the holes from when I drilled out the stops on my windows (it's a NY bus thing), but I found that unless I put a bit of a dome on both sides of the hole (making it like a steelstick rivet, sort of) it would pop out of the hole easily - like, it doesn't adhere to the material at all (this was in aluminum windows).

Bondo is pretty easy for little holes, although a random orbital sander is a must for that stuff.

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Question: I知 removing the lights from the fiberglass ends. I知 going to reinstall these and I知 worried about the fiberglass holding the screw again. I suppose I could go to the next screw size, but was thinking about using something in the hole to hold the existing screws. Any ideas?
I second the rivnuts suggestion. I used them when I replaced my rear lights with LEDs. My original metal was pretty floppy, so I put a 1/8" steel plate behind the lights and ran the rivnuts through that and the bus skin. I used closed rivnuts so the screws would be watertight without needing to be gooped up with anything.
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I’m worried that a rivnut will crack the fiberglass. Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

Maybe I can jbweld them in
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I知 worried that a rivnut will crack the fiberglass. Anyone with firsthand knowledge?

Maybe I can jbweld them in
Use a back-up washer to spread the load.
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Something else you might try is bondo metal, which is metal-reinforced filler that is harder than normal and tappable. When I replaced my headlights and headlight housings, some of the various screws had pulled out chunks of the fiberglass mountings. I cleaned the big chunk holes thoroughly and filled them with bondo metal and then redrilled the holes. I didn't tap them but just ran sheet metal screws in and they're holding well. The filler seems to adhere well to the fiberglass.
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I like the fiberglass bondo type fillers.
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I like the fiberglass bondo type fillers.
That stuff doesn't hold a screw very well, though, does it?
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