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I have an 8 ft folding ladder made of fiberglass. It's been kept outside for 10-12 years. The other day, I carried it and noticed that it was shedding small bits of the fiberglass. The itchy arms and hands told the story. It is not delaminating.

Any ideas on how to re-seal the fiberglass? Does it need a light sanding first?


I was thinking maybe some wipe on poly would do the trick. Great ladder, particularly for electrical or getting into the attic. I'm going to work out some way to store it indoors. I think the intense UV out here in the desert caused this. Meanwhile, time for gloves.

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I wouldn't trust it..
get another ladder...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Epoxy or a new gel coat which is time consuming and costly. Stick makes a good point. The
Integrity of the ladder has been compromised to some unknown extent.
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I would suggest going to an auto parts store and purchase Poly reason only(repair kit with hardner). Yes clean the surface good.
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Tom,

I've done quite a bit of fiberglass boat repair, and I agree with the others. Get another ladder. It will be safer and much easier than trying to repair the one that you have. Fiberglas gel coat is time consuming, involves working with time dependent epoxy mixes, and a spray gut that will likely be trash when you finish the job, not even considering the cost of materials. Uou will save money, time, and have a safer ladder by just replacing it.

Never just take a possibly unsafe ladder to the dump, as someone might try to use it. Cut the ladder into several short sections before disposing of it.

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15 minuets of consulting will get you a new ladder...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Werner-8...1A08/100664450
besides, ladders aren't laid up glass mat there molded shredded fiber resin mix....

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I have to agree on the replacement part. Fibreglass ages and gets brittle especially after being exposed to UV.
Having said that, if it's a 5' step ladder...I mean how badly can you get hurt falling 2 or 3', eh?
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Good advice. I'll pop for a new aluminum ladder. Don't really do electrical anymore.
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