2000 Stepside Chevy, help with fixing broken bedside?
Posted January 25, 2009 - 09:09 AM
My question is, to anyone that knows or may have experience, what are my options? I was going to take the bedside off and fiberglass it. There are no hard-to-work areas, it's just a slope that curves under the truck. But I was told that the fiberglass used in the newer truck beds is a special type and has to be worked and cured in a special environment.
So my other option is a new bedside, and I don't have any money. Does anyone know the cost of a bedside, or where I can even find one?
Any other options?
Thanks for any help in advance!!
Posted January 25, 2009 - 11:10 AM
You would most likely have to repaint the bedside to match.
Posted January 25, 2009 - 12:14 PM
I'm pretty skilled with laying fiberglass but have no knowledge of the newer materials, I've only ever layed regular fiberglass mat onto a regular fiberglass piece to replace cracks and such. I don't think this bed is made of your average fiberglass material so I have no idea if it will bond or what.
Posted January 25, 2009 - 07:13 PM
Posted January 26, 2009 - 03:01 AM
Posted January 26, 2009 - 05:52 AM
if its a new body style 2000 then its not even conventional fiberglass it is polypropalyne PP it probably had glass fibers in it as well. they are injection molded. best you are going to do is rough it up and try to glass it. maybe a good body shop might be able to weld it. pp is a thermoplastic
Can they even fix it though without the piece that broke off? You say that they have to weld it.
So I guess my only option is to try and glass it and risk wasting money or buy a whole new bedside.