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Old 07-05-2017, 08:32 PM   #29
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Joan, keep at it. You are killing it!
Your enthusiasm helps me stay motivated. The guy in the flooring store was actually interested too. He got me talking, and then I said, "I'm probably just flapping my lips and giving you way too much detail, " but he said he really was interested and wanted to see pictures, so I gave him my card with my blog address on it.
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:49 PM   #30
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Started trying to clean up the exterior. It will take some work!

My Quality Day: My Trailer- Redo Day 8- Is Bar Keepers Friend My Fiberglass Friend?

I'm thinking now that it must have been painted once in the past. You can see the gel-coat surface beneath the cracking paint in this area where a lot of the paint is now off. Any opinions on how much of that old paint I'll need to sand off are welcome. If I leave areas that are still tight the whole thing will be pretty uneven. Will Interlux fill and level that much?

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I agree that it sure does look like it was painted. FG doesn't degrade like that. You could consider using a FG-specific paint stripper.
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You could consider using a FG-specific paint stripper.
I'll look into that. If I'm going to repaint it (and I guess I really must) I'm going to do it right so it looks as good as I can get it.
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:00 AM   #33
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Joan,
I have NOT used this product myself, but have seen it referenced on boat building-and-repair forums. Specifically claims to be safe for f/g gel-coat, and is available at Home Depot, for one source.........
Aqua-Strip 1-Qt. Safe Marine Paint and Varnish Remover-65032 - The Home Depot
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Gary- Good to know. Thanks. I've seen some videos using Citristrip for paint over gel coat also. Any opinion?
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Old 07-07-2017, 06:59 PM   #35
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More washing today, and a mystery.

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Could this be a solar panel? PO said nothing about it to me, so I think it pre-dated him.



And, anyone know where to get the rubber seam cover? Mine is splitting. I've been looking up rub rails, but they all seem to be more complex than this is. It's just a slip-on rubber cover.
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I just looked at the Citristrip home page, etc... also read a thread or two on boat-repair forums. [One of those included a comment that "...wasn't satisfied with the way it softened the gel-coat".]
I haven't ever stripped paint from f/g, so I can't recommend a product.......but I'd want to use one that specifically says "safe for gel-coat". Then, just try some out on an inconspicuous area first, to see how it does.
I'd also figure to lightly sand before painting, and to put a primer or primer/sealer on the gel-coat before the color coat[s]. I figure to use catalyzed automotive primer on my CT... and then automotive acrylic enamel [probably also with some hardener/catalyst added]. This should be a pretty tough paint coat, and the enamel finish will be easier to touch up later on than the basecoat/clearcoat system modern autos are painted with. Note--the catalysts tend to be nasty things--respirator required.
I'll probably end up spending $2-300 on paint, going at it this way. I already have the compressor & paint guns required.
My $.02 worth........
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Gary- Thanks. That's interesting. I watched a couple of videos of people taking paint off gel-coat with it and it appearing to work great. I wonder if the age of the gel-coat/paint has any bearing on the issue. At any rate, I thought I'd get a quart (or less if possible) and give it a try. I've asked FB friends if anyone has some, so I could try a small spot without buying any, but so far no luck.

Not sure I want to get into that serious of a paint project. I've read a couple of stories with the Interlux Brightside being put on carefully with a roller with good results. I can only work outside, on top of a hill where there is never still air, so spraying anything is problematic. Interlux has a color I like, so unless someone gives me a really good reason to go a different direction, I think that's what I'm doing.

Found a source for the trim loc- the real name for the center seam cover. That is thanks to a FB group that is dedicated to U-Haul, Companion, and Burro trailers.

Vinyl Trim Lock White 1/2" H x 3/8" W - U-Haul / Burro Campers
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Wow- If I use the Aqua-Strip (safe for gel coat and also environmentally ok so I'm not dripping a bunch of stuff near my house) it may cost me up to $150 just for the stripper. Hopefully, this old paint will come off pretty easily, and I might not need 3 gallons (using their coverage figures and fudging in my favor quite a lot).

The Citristrip is quite a bit cheaper. I wonder if the softened gel coat happened because it was left on for a long time. Will do more research.
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Just reading a boat forum about stripping without hurting gel coat. One guy (using a different stripper) said he got into gel damage issues when he left the stripper on too long, so I'm leaning toward that being the issue.

Just found a guy who is purposely trying to find things that damage gel coat on a test piece he has. He said the Citristrip did not cause any damage.

The Aqua-Strip is more expensive and has to stay on longer. I'm leaning toward Citrustrip
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Sounds good, Joan.

I understand about not wanting to spray the paint. And I've heard others say good things about the Interlux paint. Have you read what people say about the "roll & tip" method? [I think it just means you roller the paint on, and then very lightly drag a high-quality brush over it while it's still wet, to smooth it out.] I haven't tried that, but apparently lots of people have done it, with good results.

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Hi again, Gary-

Yes, I've been reading about the roll and tip method. One nice looking paint job used only a small roller to tip instead of the brush, and with careful work and patience got the paint to level very nicely. Right now this interests me a lot.

There's a small piece of me that is saying "if you get off all the flaking old paint maybe you don't need to paint for another year" (of course I'd have to be willing to live with the ugly FG patches, or just slap some white on them so they aren't quite so unsightly for the year or so.

Anyway, I'm going to finish with the wash and scrub, see what stripper does and estimate how much I need. Don't need to decide yet anyway. I can't even get the rest of the fiberglass mat I need for another week.

After the surface is no longer flaking I could wax and not worry about paint for a couple years, but then I'd just have to strip the wax, and knowing myself, I'll be better off to do the paint now, or it might never happen.

Anyway... going to check my budget today and see what I've spent so far.
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Washing and stripping, and waiting for the store to get more fiberglass mat in stock.

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