I have a customer that wants his hood redone on his dodge viper. The car has been painted in the past and the work looks great, however the hood is fiberglass and almost looks like the fiberglass has shrank up over time. I am not sure if that is even possible, but that is what it looks like. He said that it was a new aftermarket hood and it was slick at first but took almost a year to change. This car has an extreme amount of heat coming from the engine and he thinks this is the main cause of the issues. The heat is also starting to cause blisters in the paint. I was wondering if some of you with more experience with fiberglass could let me know what your steps would be to repair to ensure this doesn't happen again down the road. I attached a picture. Another issue is the hinge areas. the hood is so long and heavy that the hinge areas need repairing. I also attached a picture of the hinge area. Only one side has a small crack but both hinge areas you can see the outline of the reinforcement under the top layer of fiberglass. What would be the best way to repair these areas too? Thanks in advance.
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