Which paints work for trailer stenciling? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-23-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
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I'm probably being lazy, there may be old threads on this, but I just want to know a simple paint to use for a simple stencil on our trailer. What will adhere to the gelcoat? Oil base stencil paste paints would hold up to the weather but not likely to adhere or ever dry on a glossy finish. Acrylics might adhere but not hold up, which would be okay, no big deal if it wears off over time. Any ideas? I am thinking only auto touch-up paints will work but with all those fancy painted trailers that have been posted, someone must know other ideas.

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Old 08-23-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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I would use acrylic craft paint if I was going to do some small design work. Of course you would need to clean the area really well first.

To do a bigger area I don't know what would work best. Gina used a paint from Home Depot to paint her whole 13 fter when she had it. I don't remember what paint it was though.
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What will adhere to the gelcoat? Oil base stencil paste paints would ... not likely to adhere or ever dry on a [b]glossy finish.
I think this may be why most RV graphics are actually Vinyl Decals so that they have separate adhesives strong enough to easily adhere to the glossy finish.
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:43 PM   #4
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One Shot is what good sign painters and lots of graphic artists use on windows. Somewhere in our archives, there's a member that painted his/her vinyl tire cover with Rustoleum... it looks good and had held up well.
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Good idea Donna, hadn't thought of that - anything that works on glass should work, I'll check at local art supply stores. Hopefully I can find a small bottle of something. There are paints listed on some internet sites for fiberglass but I don't want to send away for some big can of paint for a small little stencil. Sanding an area might help some paints adhere but THAT is more than I could bear to do to our Escape!

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Old 08-23-2009, 08:31 PM   #6
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Also check marine supply stores.

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Good idea Donna, hadn't thought of that - anything that works on glass should work, I'll check at local art supply stores. Hopefully I can find a small bottle of something. There are paints listed on some internet sites for fiberglass but I don't want to send away for some big can of paint for a small little stencil. Sanding an area might help some paints adhere but THAT is more than I could bear to do to our Escape!
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For painting boat names onto fiberglass, the fellow who did them for the boatyard used either Awlgrip or One Shot.

To prep, you'd need to first take the mold-release was off of the gelcoat (use a product such as Interlux 202, and lots of clean rags or paper towels), and then you would need to sand the surface if you wanted the paint to stick, in my opinion. One time our (ahem.. now retired, and I don't think he was trying too hard at that point) former guy didn't bother to sand and the name had to be redone after it peeled off in places (about three weeks later).

If you don't want to sand, I'd recommend vinyl, as others have done. Places that do boat names are a good place to start, although now lots of people print vinyl from computer files.

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I actually had a similar question for my rig, but not for the trailer shell itself, but instead for the rock guard on the front. On mine, in the middle panel of the rock guard, you can JUST make out the shadow of the Compact II logo. On my trailer, that spot on the rock guard and the sticker on the door of the trailer are the ONLY places that the logo is at, there's no plastic logo plate like I've seen on some of the Jrs. So I'd LOVE to have someone repaint the logo on the rock guard, but as with this thread, what sort of paint would work? Would I have to totally clean, and possibly eradicate the shadow of the logo, in order to put new down?
I know, it's not painting on gelcoat, but since we were talking about painting, I thought I'd toss my 'need' in, and see if anybody had any input... Thanks!
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I actually had a similar question for my rig, but not for the trailer shell itself, but instead for the rock guard on the front. On mine, in the middle panel of the rock guard, you can JUST make out the shadow of the Compact II logo. On my trailer, that spot on the rock guard and the sticker on the door of the trailer are the ONLY places that the logo is at, there's no plastic logo plate like I've seen on some of the Jrs. So I'd LOVE to have someone repaint the logo on the rock guard, but as with this thread, what sort of paint would work? Would I have to totally clean, and possibly eradicate the shadow of the logo, in order to put new down?
I know, it's not painting on gelcoat, but since we were talking about painting, I thought I'd toss my 'need' in, and see if anybody had any input... Thanks!
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Joe, have we got a topic for you! This one posting talks about Compact Jr decals, but you may want to read the whole topic.
Compact Jr. - History, Info, Original Interiors?, Restore - Renovate
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I'd LOVE to have someone repaint the logo on the rock guard, but as with this thread, what sort of paint would work? Would I have to totally clean, and possibly eradicate the shadow of the logo, in order to put new down?
My Logos are decals that were completely sun faded when I bought the Fiber Stream.

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I cleaned them, but did NOT sand off or eradicate the shadow of the logo... I used an art brush and painted over the decals with Oil Based Enamel paint. Having the shadow worked as a guide for where to paint and where NOT to paint. Since this is not the Enterprise, and I don't have Deflector Shields, bug hits tend to chip the enamel over time. I keep a can of paint and an art brush in the trailer's tool box for quick touch ups.

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