So I have read all through this longggg thread ha, and am very interested in doing this to my trailer but suspect I would need to deal with some crack fixes at first. I started a thread about cracks that is similar to this post but as my end goal is to get the girl shiny and protected I felt this would be a great place to get info as well.
We have a 1985 19' bigfoot
. The trailer overall has been kept extremely well but the exterior has seen many years of the elements. It is extremely dull and almost sort of chalky. The decals are all dull and cracked in many places. The back of the trailer seems the worst as the back was south facing for most of it's life. The back also has a few very fine cracks. I have a few questions and would appreciate any advice from those far more experienced than I. I will post some pictures in the hopes that it will help.
I plan to remove the decals in time and replace with some new ones. If the crack repair is difficult to hide I will look at getting the decals made so that they cover the cracked area as this is a possibility. I did cut and paste a ton of info from this thread into a document that I can follow when I use the zep so I am aware that I would want to decal the trailer before applying the finish
Here are my questions:
1. Any idea what kind of fiberglass cracking I am dealing with here? It is extremely fine and I need to use my fingernail to detect it. Overall it seems strong in the crack areas and my limited guess would be that it does not go right through the fiberglass. Possibly the darker decal in this area attracted more heat causing the cracking?
2. What would be a recommended process to fix this cracking and touch up these areas?
3. There are a few areas that were touched up in the past. A spray can paint
was used and is not the greatest match. What advice for removing the old touch up paint
and what advice to find a good match?
4. Is it likely that I have no gel coat left on the trailer (I suspect this is the case) I assume getting some sort of shine coating on it, zep floor or even wax will help protect the exterior from further damage. Would I be right in that assumption?
5. The pained brown window trim and brown rubber around the windows
is also quite dull so any advice on bringing those back to life would be appreciated.
6. I would like to remove the old caulk from the windows
and roof protrusions but am not sure what kind of caulk sealant is best to use with fiberglass? Also would I damage the roof of the trailer if I climb up on it to do the work? (I am 6'4" 215lbs so possibly I would want the 5'4" 115lb wife to take on the roof work?)
7. Should the caulk around the window's and vents be done before or after the zep coating?
I really appreciate any help on this,