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Old 05-01-2011, 04:25 PM   #1
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Hi, everyone! I'm an industrial painter by trade. I've painted my 13' Trillium twice now. I just repainted a 14' Triple E Surfside for a friend. A rather bold colour, bright blue. Just thought I'd share a few pictures of it.
My wife calls it the "Smurf mobile" Well, it least it's unique!

Here's a link to our own youtube video. About repainting our Trillium

YouTube - '74 Trillium repaint '10 A little better this time!

See you in Wainfleet, ON this July for the Boler Rally?

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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what type of paint did you use? primer? any special prep? I'm afraid of doing it an having it chip or flake.
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Just curios why you prefer the Trillium to the Boler you had?
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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what type of paint did you use? primer? any special prep? I'm afraid of doing it an having it chip or flake.
Well, first of all, I used a polyurethane enamel, with an epoxy primer undernieth it. Good stuff.
As for prep, I've found that fibreglass trailers tend to absorb contaminates in the air, making the primer fish-eye. So this time I power washed the trailer as good as I could. It had been painted before, but not very well. You see a lot of red primer on the first pic - that's where the white paint was coming off, & I wasn't done washing yet!
I fixed the cracks in the fibreglass with the usual fibreglass cloth repair kit, & gel where I could get away with it. 120 grit sandpaper on a 6" orbital sander. Had to use 80 grit in some spots. Put polyester putty where needed, re-sanded with 120. Primed the whole thing. No fisheyes, thankfully. Had there been, I'd have had to sand the whole thing down with 240. On the third picture, you'll see that there was some blue sprayed on the front bottom. That was a tintable stoneguard that I sprayed there ahead of time. (you add 10% of your paint to the milky-coloured stoneguard) Then if your topcoat chips, you don't really see it. You know these trailers get beat up a bit there on gravel roads!
So hopefully, with good prepping, products & procedures, you won't get any chipping or flaking!
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Just curios why you prefer the Trillium to the Boler you had?
It's not for looks, The Boler has that classic look to it the Trillium doesn't. But the Trillium is a wee bit bigger inside, & I'm 6' tall!
Also, our Boler needed work, & someone paid me good money for it. We got the Trillium for cheap, everything worked & still does, more shelving. Cushions & fabric were in much better condition. Still wish we had kept the Boler though. *sigh*
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Love them Bolers, doesn't matter where it was made.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:41 PM   #7
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Nice video and your paint shop makes me drool. We're planning on being at "The Trailerhood" in July, so will look for your trailer.
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