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Future problems with glass hood?

a while back i purched a fiberglass hood for my third gen camaro. I actually sent the first one back because of how horrible the mold was. I received a new one and its alright, still needed a ton of work but as with any fiberglass piece. I sanded off all of the primer which i believed was a 1K primer so i could start doing all of my work. spots where i needed a little more fill i used U-POL fiberal then rage filler. Now there were some area's i came across that were horrible. I'm talking a 3in by 3in spot that was pretty much a giant air bubble. i would grind it all out, use matting and resin to build it back up then proceed. There were alot of air bubbles in this hood from when it was molded, i tried to get rid of the ones i saw, but i'm sure i left some behind. do you think eventually i will have the bubbles come through? I would hate to put all this work into it to just have it come back on me.

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Sounds like the overall quality of the layup was pretty pi#@ poor IMO. Question is why did you insist on going back to the same people when you already had to return one for shoddy workmanship?

I would fix as many problems as you can find then coat both sides of the hood with several applications of SPI epoxy primer. Do your 2K build up on top of that.

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WOW!!!

Hopefully the first thing you did to this hood, was let it set in sun for a week to gas out, if not, really don't matter what you do at this point.
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reason i stayed with them is because at the time they were the only ones to carried this style hood and it spent a good $500 at the time. They wouldnt refund me any money or do anything untill i coated the whole hood with black primer to act as a guide coat and block it, take pictures and e-mail it to the company. Then they agreed to pay for shipping and send me a new hood. That whole ordeal took a good year so i got sick and tired of playing games and just worked with what i had. I was actually amazed as to how it fit, gaps were damn near perfect. the inside looks fine cant see anymore of the big pockets, i only came across two of them. When you say to coat the top with epoxy your reffering to before filler correct? if so i'm SOL there did the filler work already. although it has been in mud for quite some time now havent had anything come back yet.

And for Barry....... the hood sat around for quite some time without primer on it but not in the sun. What issues do you think i may have?
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Does not matter if hood sat inside for ten years, it needed UV to finish gassing.

Some of the vette parts I get will have a tag telling you it was sun cured or not and what to do, sounds like a company that would put out that kind of crap could car less if you knew or not.

What can happen, maybe nothing but have also seen when gaps changed and paint bubbled as soon as first day in sun and as long a few weeks minor bubbles a show up, after shop let car go,
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would anything happen if i let it sit in the sun now or just finish it?
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Not sure it would help now or not with all the body work done to it.


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hmmm alright i'll let it sit out before i lay some primer on it. if it helps awesome if not guess thats my lesson learned.
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