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Jan 19, 10:33am - #378046 
Cutting fiberglass...?

Does anyone have any recommendations for tools/methods used in cutting fiberglass? I've got to fit my vertical doors underneath fiberglass fenders and I know enough that "rolling" the inner lining won't be a good idea.

Do I just take a knife to it? Scissors? Should I use gloves?

If you can help, or point out a link that can, I'd appreciate it.

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Jan 19, 12:42pm - #378047 
Having worked with and laid a lot of fiberglass, the best way to work with it is to sand it. It'll take a while, and wear a mask!, but that's the only way to work with it without cracking it (plus it'll stay smooth without any extra work).

Get yourself a dremel tool with a sanding drum, turn it on high, and you can cook through a lot of 'glass rather quick.

If you're trying to actually cut a piece of fiberglass (so that you can use both pieces when you're done), get a dremel tool with a couple cutting wheels. Get yourself glasses or goggles because when those cutting wheels shatter, they fly all over and very fast (been stabbed in the forehead a few times).

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Jan 19, 3:06pm - #378048 
my dad has a project kit car and we jsut use a small jugsaw and wear a mask smile But then again his body on it is really thick fiberglass and reinforced in some areas so a dremmel just wont cut it. Just take your time and all will be good smile

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Jan 19, 3:22pm - #378049 
Sweet, thanks. I'm not actually looking to sand it down. I'll let the paint shop take care of that. I just want to cut out the inner lip so that the VDC arm can come out and go up.

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Jan 19, 3:26pm - #378050 
I was thinking of using tin snips but I'd need the dremel to smooth it out after cutting it anyways... They're like $70 for a kit.

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Jan 19, 3:50pm - #378051 
The snips will chip and crack the fenders. Either use a hand grinder or better yet get that dremel tool thumbsup


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Jan 19, 3:50pm - #378052 
yea thas a thin fiberglas so deff go get yourself a dremmel. you can get them for liek 40-50 ish. i use mine all the time for little prjects

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