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My apologies for assuming that all John Deere lawn tractors had a "plastic" hood, rather than fiberglass. It's obvious now.
I was considering what I found on my current 345, and the LX188 I once owned.

Incidentally, I managed to crack the hood on the 345 a few days ago. What a PAIN. It appears John Deere engineers have never heard of FEA.
There are so many places on the hood and lower cover that are so thin and of minimal cross-sectional strength, if you breathe on them hard, they break.

I'm in the process of repairing it now.....some super-glue, aluminum sheet metal and JB Weld to the rescue.
I'd thought about getting a fiberglass repair kit, but this seems to be working OK.
 

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Fiberglass won’t work plastic,what you are doing will work
 

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So an update on the hood. Got the fiberglass laid and a coat of fairing filler over that on the outside. Got that cured and sanded, now the inside coat is curing. Also had a few small bubbles in the filler I needed to address with a second coat.

So far, so good. Fingers crossed.
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👏👏👏looks good
 
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