fissures/pits in fiberglass and sealing vents

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2ofseven
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fissures/pits in fiberglass and sealing vents

Any suggestions on fixing fissures (photo 1) or pits (photo 4- front of trailer) in fiberglass?  Also, I've removed the fridge so have open vents (photo 2), any body have experience sealing the vents? Photo 3 shows exposed rivets, also seen in photo 1, I am assuming these need to be sealed. Do you have suggestions on how I can do that myself?

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Pits in Fiberglass

Where are these pits located? How deep are they? 

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Guesses on Pits

The top pic definitely looks like "crazing." This is not unusual in older fiberglass trailers and boats, especially if the shell has not been regularly polished and protected.

The pits look like road rash pits on the front of the trailer, but I can't tell the location for sure. 

Neither of these currently look like they are leak issues as they are just surface issues in the gelcoat. Unless you have some good fiberglass repair experience, I would highly recommend going to a marine or RV shop with fiberglass repair experience and get a quote to clean those up professionally. Usually, it's not that bad on cost to repair gelcoat issues. The biggest issue in doing gel coat repairs is color matching and even a professional shop may be off a bit when they do the work. Sun and time will blend in a minor miss on the color match.

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Thank you Greg!

Thank you Greg! Yes, it all seems to be cosmetic. I was hoping for a "do it yourself" fix on the crazing, but I guess I will check out a shop.

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Chips and Pits

If the pits you are showing in the above pictures are located on the front of your trailer (road rash) you might consider using Carbon Fiber Wrap (by 3M ) across the lower half of the front end of your trailer. This is a quick, simple, and durable fix for your "Road Rash"

Here is a link to the material I am talking about:

   By-the-way, it comes in a variety of colors and graphic textures.

3M Scotchprint 1080 Carbon Fiber Vinyl Flex Wrap White CF10 60"x12"

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Thanks for the info.

Thanks for the response, I will check that out.