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FibroGloss™ FRP

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FibroGloss™ has a smooth high gloss finish and is made of durable, semi-rigid fiberglass reinforced polyester resin material (frp).  The surface is gel-coated and highly resistant to scratches and abrasions and possesses excellent weathering characteristics.


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FibroGloss™ products are designed for exterior use in the recreation vehicle, bus, transit, marine, automotive, trucking and construction industries.  FibroGloss™ is produced utilizing modern fiberglass processing and the finest raw materials available.  The surface is a premium gel-coat that provides a shiny, easily cleanable surface that will not rust, rot, corrode or peel.The non-gel coat side is suitable for lamination.

PURPOSE:
FibroGloss™ products are designed for exterior use in the recreational vehicle, bus, transit, marine, automotive, trucking and construction industries.

ATTENTION:
The non-gel coat side is suitable for lamination. Follow the adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations for coverage and thickness. FRP must be free of dust, moisture, particulates or other contaminates to insure 100% bond.

SPECIFICATIONS:
FibroGloss is manufactured in lengths and widths as ordered.

COMPOSITION:
Random chopped fiberglass reinforcement with unsaturated polyester resin, fillers and pigments.

Part NumberDescriptionPriceUnitQuantity

                                   Physical Properties

Typical Average Values

Property FibroGloss™ 0.50" Test Method
Flexural Modulus 511 ksi 3523 N/mm² ASTM D790-10
Tensile Modulus 821 ksi 5660 N/mm² ASTM D638-10
High Speed Puncture Properies of Plastics 133 lbf 591 N ASTM D3763-10 Peak Load
Fiberglass Content % 22.54 22.54 ASTM D2584-1
Barcol Hardness (934-1) 36 36 ASTM D2583-13
Surface Gloss (60°) 92.5 92.5 ASTM D523-08
Water Absorption % 0.44 0.44 ASTM D570-98

 

Nominal Thickness Nominal Weight Finish Width Length Minimum Bend Radius
0.060"  1.5mm        (± 5%) 0.37 lbs/ft² 1.81 kg/m²  (± 1-5%) Smooth 36"-120" 0.9m - 3.05m Typical 200' 61.0m 6"   152mm

 

FINISHED PANEL QUALITY:
Panels will have a smooth finish on the front side and are of uniform color. Blemishes on the rear side which do not affect functional properties are not cause for rejection. For physical properties see table on front. Dimensions as specified on purchase order subject to the following tolerances:

Width:

±1/8" (±3.2mm)

Length:

±1/8" (±3.2mm) up to 8' (2.4m)
±1/4" (±6.4mm) up to 40' (12.2m)

Squareness:

1/8" (3.2mm) in 48" (1.2m) of width

FABRICATING RECOMMENDATIONS:

Note: Protect your eyes with goggles; cover your nose and mouth with a filter mask; cover exposed skin when cutting Fibrosan panels.

Cutting: Sheet metal shears or circular saw with reinforced carborundum or carbide-tipped blade.

Stapling: Standard pneumatic stapler.

Fabrication by hand: Drilling use high speed drill bit (60° cutting angle, with 12°-15° clearance) or hole saw.

Production fabrication: Use carbide-tipped tools. Straight cuts can be sheared (90° cutting edge with 0.002” [0.05mm] clearance) or sawed. For irregular cuts, use die punch or
band saw.

Paintable: Yes

Painting preparation: Always begin by cleaning the surface with a cleaning agent recommended by your paint supplier. Surface must be dry and residue free. If sanding is necessary, start with fine sandpaper (600 grit) followed by increasingly fine grain sandpaper followed by removal of all dust. Consult your paint supplier for further recommendations. Elastification agents should not be added to the paint used.

RV Cleaning Instructions: See Care and Maintenance Guide.

STORAGE REQUIREMENTS:

Careful handling during the manufacturing process is important to ensure optimal installation. Avoid excessive clamping, dropping or scraping. Keep dry and store indoors. Storing coiled or flat FRP outdoors may interfere with the lamination process.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING PRODUCT USE INFORMATION:

While products manufactured for Vixen Composites by Fibrosan conform to strict quality criteria, by nature FRP may occasionally have small areas that are aesthetically unacceptable for use. Panels should be inspected on-site before lamination and installation; the coil/tag number should be removed and retained. If any portion of the panel is not acceptable, report the non-conforming product at once to Vixen Composites referencing the coil/tag number. Upon verification, Vixen Composites will replace or refund the purchase price of the unacceptable product at Vixen Composites discretion.

LAMINATION:

Vixen Composites recommends that the moisture content of lauan substrate by no greater than 12% at the time of lamination. Glue coverage between the panel and substrate must be 100% and follow the recommendation(s) of the glue supplier. All Vixen FRP materials and adhesives should be allowed to acclimate to ambient temperature of the lamination area 48 hours prior to lamination. Before lamination, insure that both the side to be laminated of FRP panel and the substrate itself is free of dust, moisture, and particulates to insure a 100% bond. Vixen Composites will not be responsible for any loss resulting from a sub-standard lamination processes.

Non-lauan substrates, such as layered paper based products, do not perform well and may cause the lamination to fail. Use of any substrate other than lauan plywood must be pre-approved by Vixen Composites. Once laminated, do not subject the substrate to water intrusion as this may cause delamination and/or gel-coat blistering which is not covered under warranty.

SIDEWALL CONSTRUCTION:

Vixen Composites should be consulted before specifying and installing any substrate-free FRP.

MINIMUM BEND RADIUS:

Vixen Composites recommends all radius bends be supported by a solid substrate and does not exceed the minimum bend radius specified by Vixen Composites.

DARK COLORS/DECALS/PAINT FINISHES:

Dark colors whether gel-coated, painted or decals affect performance. Dark colored panels should be tested for performance under all appropriate conditions to make sure colors will meet the requirements of the application. Dark colors/decals may cause excessive heat build-up resulting in possible panel delamination, cracking, rippling or decal failure. Dark colors, dark decals and dark paint must be pre-approved by Vixen Composites to be covered under warranty. The use of a heat gun to apply or remove decals is not recommended as it will cause cracking of the gel-coat finish and void the warranty.

COLOR CHANGE:
All products, when exposed to weathering and sunlight, change color over time as part of the natural aging process.

NOTE:
Neither Fibrosan® nor Vixen Composites make any claims as to the combustibility ratings of the products listed on these data sheets. This product is not intended for interior use that requires a Class C fire rating.

All specifications are based on the latest information at the time of publication. Vixen Composites assumes no responsibility for any error in type or print reproduction in this document. Vixen Composites reserves the right to make changes in price, color, materials, equipment and specifications and to discontinue panels at any time without notice. Vixen FRP is produced and warranted by Fibrosan®. The information contained herein is approved by Fibrosan®.

Downloadable PDF document: FRP Repair Technique.

 

FRP Repair Techniques

 

IMPORTANT: READ INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING ANY REPAIR WORK

The following instructions are presented as guidelines and in good faith but without guarantee. Neither Fibrosan(R) nor Vixen Composites™ bear any responsibility for results of actions taken or not taken. Certain aspects of FRP repair are assumed to be general knowledge and as such are not included in these instructions. As such, these guidelines are not intended to serve as a step-by-step, foolproof process but are only strictly recommendations.

 

All risks are assumed by the user.

If you have any questions about repair techniques for the particular type of Vixen FRP being repaired, please call 1-574-970-1224 and ask for Customer Care between the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm EST Monday thru Friday.

 

Caution: Disposable latex gloves, goggles, and use of OSHA approved equipment/respirators while working with FRP is highly recommended. Read and follow all manufacturers recommendations on labels of all materials used in the repair procedure. Some materials may be flammable and should be used with extreme caution.

 

Safety Precautions

1. Protect your eyes with goggles, cover your nose and mouth with OSHA approved mask or respirator, wear gloves and ear protection when cutting and sanding fiberglass and using polyester resin and cleaning solvents.

2. Resins and solvents are highly flammable. Do not smoke or use electric tools that may cause sparks. Always read the caution labels on all solvent containers and take necessary precautions following the manufacturers recommendations.

3. Make sure the work area is well ventilated.

 

Recommended Supplies and Equipment

 

Paint, Fillers and Fiberglass

 

WARNING: THOSE ITEMS BELOW MARKED WITH AN ASTERISK (*) ARE FLAMMABLE.

Read manufacturer’s directions carefully before using. Use in a well-ventilated area.

  • Polyester resin* (for rebuilding integrity of sidewall panel)
  • Fiberglass mat (for rebuilding integrity of sidewall panel)
  • Lacquer thinner* (for restoring the surface finish)
  • Color matched lacquer/paint* (for restoring the surface finish)
  • Hand glaze* (for restoring the surface finish)
  • Sandable primer* (for paint pen or plastic wrap texturing method)
  • Color matched two-part polyurethane paint* (for paint pen or plastic wrap texturing method)
  • Two-part spot filler* (for shallow scratches and pin holes)
  • Glass-filled, low-shrink polyester filler* (for deep depressions)
  • Acetone or other acceptable cleaning solvent* (for degreasing and tool clean-up)
  • Acrylic sealer* (for plastic wrap texturing method)

 

General Supplies

  • Cellophane film
  • Plastic wrap (for plastic wrap texturing method)
  • Sanding discs silicone carbide, grits from #60 through #320
  • #400 grit pad
  • Buffing compound
  • Cups for mixing resin
  • Mixing sticks and spreaders
  • Utility knife
  • Paintbrush 2” disposable
  • Masking tape
  • Clean rags
  • Non-porous surface (for mixing fillers)
  • Paint pen (for paint pen texturing method)

 

Equipment

  • Disc sander
  • Air compressor
  • Two spray guns
  • Buffer
  • Bench-type work surface

 

Procedures for all repairs

 

Preparation

Determining the extent of the damage (size and depth)

Because the full extent of a damaged area is not always apparent it is important to identify the complete area requiring repair. All damaged areas as well as any discolored or stress spots in adjacent or surrounding areas must be repaired. Protect areas that do not require repair by isolating the damaged areas with masking tape and cover the remaining areas with plastic.

 

Removing the damaged areas

Remove any damaged material. This can be done with a jigsaw, a circular saw with a diamond blade or a disc sander and hand tools such as files or rasps. Avoid prying out material to prevent further damage to the surrounding material. Breaking out material is not recommended as the (bending) tension created by such procedures may extend into the surrounding undamaged areas thereby damaging them. Be sure to round off edges and corners as tension created by the bending may concentrate at these spots and produce new fractures or cracks. Precise cutouts may be achieved with a router.

 

Selecting the repair method

Once the damaged materials have been removed, determine which repair procedure is most suitable for the type of damage sustained and which materials will be needed for the repair. Depending upon the degree or depth, a surface repair procedure for superficial damage may be addressed with minor surface sanding or buffing and/or painting. For deeper or more severe damage to the panel, this usually consists of a matrix resin combined with corresponding reinforcing material (fiberglass mats, woven roving or chopped strand mats) for damaged laminate and/or additional adhesives and insulation material.

 

Surface pretreatment

After determining which repair procedure is necessary, assemble the required tools and materials and begin to pretreat the surface. All sharp edges must be ground on a bias, utilizing a rasp or disc sander equipped a fan type disk. The minimum dimension for the mounting surface width is 10 times that of material thickness. The final sanding operation should be performed manually with fresh sandpaper (80 or 40 grain). Sanding by machine at this point may cause smoothing of the surface, which could result in the inability to bond. Rough sanding of the substrate surface ensures a good bond with the repair material. Remove any sanding dust with dust collecting cloths or rags soaked in solvent.

 

WARNING:

Acetone and many other solvents are highly flammable and can be toxic. Read manufacturer’s directions carefully before using. Use in a well-ventilated area. The use of compressed air is discouraged as airborne dust may settle on surfaces to be painted or bonded.

 

WARNING:

PATCHING MATERIALS ARE FLAMMABLE

 

Severe Damage Repair Procedure

 

Deep Gouge or Tear

1. Prepare the area to be repaired by cutting away the damaged portion of the panel. Using the appropriate tool, remove the ragged edges and all the broken pieces of the FRP and the Lauan.

2. Rough up the inside edges of the area to be repaired by sanding from the inside edge outward all around the substrate and on the fiberglass skin. Continue sanding with #120-grit sandpaper, another 4” to 5” beyond the repair area to eliminate gloss and assure adhesion.

3. Use #60- to #80-grit sandpaper, sand away the fiberglass skin. Expose 4” to 6” of lauan backing and remove any bonding adhesive.

4. Wipe the area clean with a rag and solvent making sure to remove any and all dust that may interfere with the repair process.

5. Mask the area with tape and paper or plastic, being sure to protect the area below the repair from any run-off.

6. On a work surface, cut a piece of fiberglass mat into small 1/4” – 1/2” length chunks and put the chunks into a mixing cup.

7. In addition, cut a piece of fiberglass mat to the shape of the area to be patched allowing for extra fiberglass mat to overhang the outer edge of the repair area.

8. Following the resin manufacturer’s instructions, thoroughly mix a generous amount of resin with catalyst to saturate the cut mat, plus 1/3 more for the mat pieces in the mixing cup. Dab the resin onto the area to be repaired and onto the mat to wet it out.

9. Fill the mixing cup with the chopped mat with catalyzed resin. Keep this mix as thick as possible so that it doesn’t run.

10. Working quickly, give the repair area a generous coating of catalyzed resin. Then with a putty knife, press the filler mix into the cavity until it is flush with the surface.

11. Spread a sheet of cellophane or similar film on the repair area making sure the cellophane or similar material is approximately 8” to 10” larger than the area being repaired.

12. Using the spreader as a squeegee, stroke outward from the center to the edges. Be sure to work the resin through the mat completely saturating it. Work excess to any corner and remove. Area to be repaired should be flat and flush with the surrounding area.

13. Let the area under repair cure. Cure times may vary by temperature, humidity etc. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cure time.

14. After the resin is cured usually several hours or overnight, remove the cellophane or similar material.

15. Using #80-grit sandpaper, sand ridges and high spots to make the area flush with the surrounding surface. Fill any deep or low spots with polyester filler and let cure.

16. Scratches, pinholes and shallow depressions should be filled with a two-part spot filler. Sand to ensure repair is flush with surrounding surface. Use successively finer sandpaper to prepare surface for painting. Always clean the surface before using the next finer grit sandpaper.

 

Puncture Repair or Deep Scratch Procedure

 

Puncture or Deep Scratch

1. Clean area to be repaired of any fiber and fragments. Using #80-grit sandpaper create a “V” tapering the edges outward. Enlarge the sanded area 2” to 3” outside the area to be repaired. Eliminate any dust and wipe clean with a cleaning solvent.

2. Catalyze a quantity of glass-filled, low shrink polyester filler and press mix into the depression created in step one completely filling it. Eliminate all air bubbles and level out the mix but leaving it slightly higher than the surrounding area.

3. Allow to cure – usually several hours to overnight.

4. Once cured, sand the filled area with #120-grit sandpaper until the repair area is flush with the surrounding area. Eliminate any dust and wipe clean with a cleaning solvent.

5. Pinholes and shallow depressions should be filled with a two-part spot filler. Sand to ensure repair is flush with surrounding surface. Use successively finer sandpaper to prepare surface for painting. Always clean the surface before using the next finer grit sandpaper.

 

Shallow Scratch Repair Procedure*

 

Shallow Scratch

1. Sand out the scratch by hand with #120-grit sandpaper. Sand 2” to 3” beyond the scratch to eliminate any gloss. Eliminate any dust and wipe clean with a cleaning solvent.

2. Fill the depression with two-part spot filler.

3. Allow to cure.

4. Sand the filler with #120-grit sandpaper. Make the area smooth and flat. Eliminate any dust and wipe clean with a cleaning solvent.

*If using a heat gun to remove graphics from the repair area, operate the gun at low temperatures to avoid additional cracking to the gel-coat finish.

 

Surface Scratch

Small scratches do not penetrate deep into the gelcoat and can often be polished out without difficulty.

1. Sand surface scratch with orbital sander using #600-grit sandpaper.

2. Sand further with #1200-grit sandpaper.

3. Follow up with heavy buffing. You may use a high-speed electric buffer, but avoid generating excessive heat, which could result in deformation of surface or cracking.

4. For more slightly more severe damage use conventional fiberglass resin repair techniques, prime and paint.

*If using a heat gun to remove graphics from the repair area, operate the gun at low temperatures to avoid additional cracking to the gel-coat finish.

 

WARNING:

OVERHEATING MY CAUSE BLISTERING AND POOR COLOR MATCH

 

Paint Pen Texturing Repair Procedure

Sandable primer is used as a means of achieving a wholly flat surface. The texturing is added with a specially designed fine tipped paint pen (DO NOT USE A MARKING PEN). A two-part polyurethane enamel paint provides the finishing step.

1. Spray area to be repaired with sandable primer. Allow to thoroughly dry. Ensure that the area to be painted is perfectly flat with no pinholes or sanding marks. Depending upon the age of the unit matching the color may prove extremely difficult. In this instance it could indicate the need to paint the entire sidewall. Repairs falling between natural breaks in the wall (i.e., between windows or molding) may help to make the repair less noticeable.

2. Hand sand the entire area preferably using a sanding block and #320-grit sandpaper. Make the area smooth and flat. Eliminate any dust and wipe clean with a cleaning solvent.

3. Prime the area again. Holding the spray gun 12” to 18” away will help create and orange peel effect.

4. Let thoroughly dry.

5. Lightly sand the area with #400-grit pad to abrade the surface; this will allow for good adhesion. Eliminate any dust and wipe clean with a cleaning solvent.

6. To create a simulated fiber texture, sharpen the tip of the paint pen with a sharp knife or razor blade in order to make the finest line possible.

7. Make short, random directional marks on the surface of the repair area with the paint pen. Space the marks closely in all directions, vertical, horizontal and diagonal. The goal is to create the impression of fibers running through the repair area.

8. Let thoroughly dry.

9. Use a #400-grit pad to lightly sand the area in a 10” x 12” larger area in order to allow for blending. Eliminate any dust and wipe clean with a cleaning solvent.

10. Mix identical paint to be matched and spray several coats over the area to be repaired. To blend, reduce to thinner consistency and spray again.

11. Let thoroughly dry.

12. Buff the area with a compound suitable for the paint used. See paint manufacturers recommendations.

13. Use a good quality hand glaze to eliminate swirls.

 

 

 

Troubleshooting Guide

 

Color Doesn't Match

  • Wrong Batch used for Patching Fillers Added
  • Too many Accelerators Added
  • Catalyst Level Off
  • Patch Under Cured
  • Trapped solvent
  • Buffer Developed too much Heat

 

Patch is Dull

  • Under Cured
  • Low Temperature
  • Sanding too Quickly
  • Trapped Solvent

 

Comet Tails

  • Too Course Sandpaper used on Last Sanding
  • Buffing too Hard
  • Dry Pad

 

Low Gloss

  • Excessive Buffing Pressure
  • Coarse Compound

 

Sanding Marks

  • Too Coarse Sandpaper or Rubbing Compound used in Last Step – Work up through 600 wet
  • Under Cured

 

Ring Around Patch (Halo)

  • Edges not Feathered
  • Not Sanded Properly
  • Porosity in Original Gelcoat – May have to Overspray
  • Uncured Patch
  • Improper Level of Patching Aid

 

Crack Reappears

  • Crack was not Fully Ground Out
  • Weak Laminate

 

Patch is Glossy, Part is Dull

  • Original Gelcoat under Cured
  • Buffer Developed too much Heat
  • Too Much Patching Aid

 

Prorosity or Void in Patch

  • Not Sprayed or Leveled Properly
  • Filler not Mixed in Properly
  • Trapped Solvent
  • Air not Worked Out

 

Patch is Depressed or Shallow

  • Patch will Shrink – Allow for this by Overfilling
  • Patch Sanded and Finished before it was Cured
  • “Hot” Buffing Caused Patch to Shrink
  • Patch Needed to be Conditioned by Pre-Buffing before Sanding

Downloadable PDF document: Warranty Information.

 

WARRANTY

Fibrosan® GRP Inc. a division of the Yücel Group is the manufacturer of FRP Panels sold by Vixen Composites, an authorized agent, and offers a two-year warranty on the FRP Panel to the original purchaser if correctly laminated and maintained subject to the conditions below. All aspects of this warranty will be administered by Vixen Composites, Inc.

Fibrosan® warrants to the original owner and subject to the conditions mentioned below, that this product will remain free of exposed fibers and will not rust, rot, corrode, or require painting or refinishing (with the exception of normal pigmentation change caused by UV or sunlight degradation) for a period of two years from the original date of retail purchase or three years from the date of panel manufacture or 20,000 miles if motorized. Fibrosan® liability is limited to reasonable labor and parts for replacement of the product, repair of the product or the replacement of the product with reconditioned product at the discretion of Fibrosan® or its authorized agents. For purposes of this warranty, parts are defined strictly as either the materials necessary to repair the panel finish or, in case of replacement the actual product itself. Vehicles purchased specifically for rental or lease will be covered for one-year form the date of first retail sale or 10,000 miles.

USE WITHIN THESE GUIDELINES TO BE WARRANTABLE

Fibrosan® recommends that the moisture content of lauan substrate be not greater than 12% at the time of lamination and that the glue coverage between the Fibrosan® panel and substrate be 100% coverage at the weight and thickness recommended by the adhesive manufacturer. Prior to the lamination the FRP panel must be free of dust moisture or particulates prior to lamination. Fibrosan® will not be responsible for any loss resulting from sub-standard lamination processes.

Fibrosan® limits the use of substrates to lauan plywood, and approved synthetic alternatives. The use of any substrates not approved by Fibrosan® will void this warranty. This warranty is void if the product has been damaged by accident, unreasonable use, neglect, tampering or other causes not rising from defects in materials and workmanship.

This warranty extends to the original owner but does not cover the following:

a. Damage to the panel caused by vandalism, accident, or misuse, including direct impact to the panel or scoring or the panel which impairs the surface integrity.

b. Premature discoloration or fiber exposure caused by the lack of care and maintenance recommended by Fibrosan®.

c. Delamination between the product and substrate.

d. Normal fading and discoloration caused by UV and chemical atmospheric conditions that are expected during the warranty period.

e. Exposure to harmful chemicals or discoloration caused by glues, sealants, cleaner/polish, trim or other products installed on or near the product.

f. Failure of the gel-coat surface due to the use of improper cleaning agents.

g. Any cracking of the panel finish through either improper product installation or product field performance when the application exceeded Fibrosan® minimum bend radius recommendation or other Fibrosan® application recommendations.

h. Partial or full-body paint (application of paint will void this warranty) unless application has been pre-approved by Vixen Composites™.

i. Delamination between FRP Panel and substrate.

j. Non-original recreation vehicle manufacturer installed parts.

k. Surface blistering caused by water intrusion through the backside of the panel.

l. Ant-trailing or worming caused by voids or gaps in lamination/glue application or process.

m. Failure of the panel due to flaws in the vehicle frame or abnormal use of the vehicle subjecting the panel to excessive wear and tear.

n. Failure to follow Fibrosan® and Vixen Composites™ instructions or recommendations on use and installation or acts of God.

o. Fibrosan® and Vixen Composites™ do not assume responsibility for any loss of use of vehicle, loss of time, inconvenience, expense of gasoline, telephone, travel, lodging, loss or damage of personal property or revenues. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of inconsequential damages so the above may not apply to you.

Pre-approval from Vixen Composites™ is required on all warranty claims before any repairs can be performed. It is the responsibility of the retail owner to collect and maintain the following information which will be required on all warranty claims: Model and VIN number of unit; Date of Production; Proof of purchase date (Bill of Sale), Location of unit, Owner name, phone and email, Color photos of issue, Detailed description of issue, repair estimate. Once the above information is received and approved, Vixen Composites will provide an authorization number for the unit. The authorization number must appear on all repair billing.

This warranty is the exclusive remedy against Fibrosan® and no other remedy shall be available. THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER WARRANTY AND/OR PREVIOUS WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Any representation or promises inconsistent with, or in addition to this warranty, are unauthorized and shall not be binding upon Fibrosan®.

To obtain service you should telephone Vixen Composites™ customer service representative at 574-970-1224 between the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm EST Monday thru Friday.

All specifications are based on the latest information at the time of publication. Vixen Composites assumes no responsibility for any error in type or print reproduction in this document. Vixen Composites reserves the right to make changes in price, color, materials, equipment and specifications and to discontinue panels at any time without notice. Vixen FRP is produced and warranted by Fibrosan®. The information contained herein is approved by Fibrosan®.

 

 

Downloadable PDF document: Care and Maintenance Guide.

 

Fibrosan® gel-coated laminates are produced utilizing modern fiberglass processing and the finest raw materials available. The surface is a premium gel-coat that provides a shiny, easily cleanable surface that will not rust, rot, corrode or peel. This gel-coat surface resists color drift under prolonged exposure to the sun and keeps fiberglass fibers from becoming openly exposed on the panel surface for many years under normal conditions of use. Beneath the gel-coat, the panel core contains a higher concentration of fiberglass than standard FRP for superior strength. The care and maintenance recommendations that follow are supplied to help you care for the premium gel-coat finish. Following these instructions will help preserve the glossy finish and color of the gel-coat wear surface.

Washing VIXEN FRP

  • Wash regularly with liquid, nonabrasive cleaners designed for use on fiberglass surfaces used in industries such as recreational vehicle, transit, marine, automotive, trucking or construction. Be sure to follow directions on the package. IMPORTANT: Try the cleaner in an inconspicuous area to test the compatibility of the cleaner with fiberglass. ALWAYS BE SURE THAT CLEANING COMPOUNDS DO NOT SCRATCH OR ABRADE THE GEL-COAT SURFACE!
  • Avoid cleaners that are abrasive or caustic (high alkaline or PH) or those cleaners containing ammonia.
  • Do not ever wipe dry the gel-coat as it may scratch.
  • Should you ever have a stubborn mark or stain on the fiberglass that will not come clean with soap, water, and a clean rag; try using a small amount of mineral spirits on a clean rag. Be very careful with chemical cleaners of any kind and be sure to check their compatibility with the fiberglass in a small, inconspicuous area on the coach before using. Some chemicals can discolor, erode or dull the surface finish. Be sure to rinse the fiberglass surface with clean water after using mineral spirits or any other chemical cleaner or the surface gloss will become dull.
  • Waxing helps prolong the gel-coat finish, just like it helps prolong the finish on vehicles and boats. Use non-abrasive waxes designed for use on fiberglass products used on recreation vehicles, boats, trucks or automobiles. Be very careful when using cleaners, polishers, or rubbing compounds as many of these products are designed to lightly abrade the surface. Surface abrasions of any kind are not good for the gel-coat finish.

 

Maintaining the Gloss and Color

Vixen FibroFine™, FibroPlus™ and FibroGloss™ are gel-coated laminates manufactured by Fibrosan® and designed to perform better in long-term exposure to the sun than many fiberglass products used today. Fibrosan® gel-coated FRP laminates are premium products however, any exterior product will eventually and gradually change color after prolonged exposure to the sun. For this reason, we offer the following recommendations:

  • The sun is the number one enemy of all exterior products. If at all possible, shield FRP surfaces from the long-term damaging effects of the sun by using a cover or by storing the unit in a garage or in a shaded area when not in use. The surface will retain its original gloss and color much longer if kept out of the sun.
  • Should you ever need to repair your FRP surface, Vixen FRP™ accepts automotive paint. Please consult a repair or paint professional for the correct painting procedures.

 

All specifications are based on the latest information at the time of publication. Vixen Composites assumes no responsibility for any error in type or print reproduction in this document. Vixen Composites reserves the right to make changes in price, color, materials, equipment and specifications and to discontinue panels at any time without notice. Vixen FRP is produced and warranted by Fibrosan®. The information contained herein is approved by Fibrosan®.

Downloadable PDF document: FRP MSDS.