Yes, fibreglass ladders can be repaired. Many homeowners prefer to repair their fibreglass ladders rather than replace them because they understand the importance of maintaining a ladder that is in good working order. Fibreglass ladders can be repaired with simple tools and a little knowledge about ladder repair.
For Repairs on a Fiberglass Ladder Tools and Supplies
To repair a fibreglass ladder, you will need the following tools and supplies:
- Fibreglass ladder repair kit
- Tape measure
- Circular saw
- Hammer or screwdriver
- Ruler or a straightedge
- Cordless drill with a ½ inch bit
- 1/8 inch hole saw
- Pipe clamp
- Fiberglass repair kit (consisting of acetone, resin, and hardener)
Fiberglass Ladder Repair Step-by-Step Guide
1. Measure the length of the ladder leg that needs to be replaced and cut a piece of wood to that size using a circular saw. Please ensure the angles are correct so that when you glue the new piece on, it will fit tightly against the old one.
2. Apply sealant around all four edges of the replacement piece of wood with a brush or roller. This will help prevent water from getting inside and causing damage later in your repair job.
3. Put painter’s tape over both pieces and then place them together to align correctly along their long edges. Finally, secure the pieces with a pipe clamp.
4. Pour acetone into a small bowl or cup and add enough hardener to make a thick paste. Apply this mixture to one side of the ruler or straightedge, ensuring that you cover its entire length. Then have someone hold onto one end of the ladder while you use a hammer to bang on it firmly several times so that all of the excess compounds are hammered off — this will create a raised patch on which we can later apply our resin coating. Repeat these steps for the other side of your ruler or straight
5. Apply sufficient resin to the raised patch on the ruler or straightedge. Use a brush, roller, and controlled by water to avoid getting resin on any other surfaces nearby. Work quickly so that the resin doesn’t dry too hard.
6. Allow the ladder to dry for at least 24 hours before using it.
If the fibreglass is cracked, is this possible?
Yes, the fibreglass can crack. However, this does not necessarily mean that the roof needs to be replaced. For example, if the fibreglass is only cracked and does not show any signs of imminent collapse, it may be possible to repair the fibreglass without replacing it. However, if the roof shows signs of imminent collapse, it would be necessary to replace it.
Can I recoat a fibreglass ladder?
Yes, you can recoat a fibreglass ladder as long as the original finish is intact and the ladder hasn’t been exposed to harsh chemicals or weather conditions. First, you’ll need to sand down the areas that will receive the new paint, then apply a primer and paint of your choice. Make sure to allow at least 12 hours for each coat of paint to dry before using the ladder.