It will probably be inevitable. If there's a chunk of fiber glass that's been ripped away, how would it be repaired?
No bondo.MattG said:fill that in with bondo and refinish that area.
Actually, other Lotuses were not "fiberglass" either. They were "Glass Reinforced Plastic" (GRP). Many of the production methods (that Lotus pioneered) involve injecting the GRP into molds under pressure, vacuum injection, etc. But many of the old repair techniques can still be used - just the actual materials have changed.fitfan said:The Elsie is not really fiberglass... its more like plastic, and more difficult to repair than straight up glass fiber mat and epoxy construction.
One of the best books about fiberglass repair has always been How to Restore Fiberglass Bodywork by Miles Wilkins. The book was out of print for a long time, but a new, slightly revised version is supposed to be available. Miles has always been considered an expert on Lotus, and the book illustrates everything with work being done on a Europa.
My original copy disappeared many years ago when loaned to a "friend"...
I considered that, but I am getting a clear bra put on next weekend, and would prefer to get the gouge repaired first, the clear bra put on, and then put on the guards. The guards should be put on after the clear bra as they overlap the bra a bit.JWA said:Depending on where it is, you might be able to simply leave it and cover it up with a set of the Lotus guards. Look for the thread discussing them, there are some good photos.