The SMC (sheet molded compound) hood consists of several parts including fenders, hood, and inner
reinforcements which are bonded together with a structural adhesive and rivets. If the hood is damaged,
determine which parts are affected.
Damage at any joint between two parts is not repairable. For example, if fender and reinforcements
bonded inside the fender are damaged, replace the entire hood assembly.
If a joint between two parts has separated and there is no damage at the joint, the parts can be
rebonded. Or, if a part is damaged and adjoining parts are not, the damaged part can be separated from
the hood and new or used parts can be bonded in place. A section of a part can be replaced as long as
the section does not include a joint between two parts. Fenders and headlight reinforcements are available
as replacement parts or for use in section replacements. If the damage is such that parts cannot be
replaced or a section replacement cannot be done, replace the entire hood assembly.
For repairing a small crack or hole, refer to Crack or Small Hole Repair, below.
For repairing larger areas, refer to Section Replacement (Repair of Punctures
For replacing or rebonding parts, refer to Hood Component Rebonding, below.
and Large Fractures),
Crack or Small Hole Repair
A crack (fracture) or small hole through the laminate requires repair with a fiberglass reinforced patch.
LOCATE DAMAGE ON HOOD. APPLY HAND PRESSURE ALL AROUND DAMAGED AREA TO
CHECK FOR CONCEALED DAMAGE.
W A R N I N G
Adhesives, solvents, and sealing compounds can burn easily, can give off
harmful vapors, and are harmful to skin and clothing. To avoid injury or
death, keep away from open fire and use in well-ventilated area. If adhesive,
solvent, or sealing compound gets on skin or clothing, wash immediately with
soap and water.
CLEAN AREA WITH XYLENE OR EQUIVALENT SOLVENT. INSPECT AREA CLOSELY.
IF SOUND ABSORBENT LINER IS PRESENT ON UNDERSIDE OF DAMAGED AREA, REMOVE
PANEL(S) TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE WORKING AREA.