Need suggestions on repainting my scamp - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-10-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Need suggestions on repainting my scamp

I just bought a 13ft scamp and am fixing it up a little. It sat on a lot, unused for a long time before I got to it. It was painted a long time ago, but now all the paint is chipping off. Also when it rains really hard water seeps in, inside. This makes me think that there are a few cracks in the fiberglass that I can't see. I was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions for painting the outside. I want to do it myself, and don't have a ton to spend on it. I'm just not sure what would be the best thing, that would look nice, but also seal everything. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #2
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Hi...sorry to hear about your leaks. The chances of the fiberglass leaking is remote, even with failing paint. I would suspect rivet holes or leaking vents, covers, or windows and check those items first...Dave
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #3
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I used rust-oleum marine paint topside for my scamp. Very inexpensive and it went on very easy. Here is a link. I bought mine at Menards.

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Old 01-10-2013, 12:19 PM   #4
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thanks! That's helpful. I'm also glad to hear that fiberglass isn't usually that weak. I probably just have to look a little closer and go over everything with caulk again.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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Your trailer looks really nice, by the way!
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:20 PM   #6
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How did you apply the paint? I was wondering is I would have to rent a sprayer.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:21 PM   #7
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Also, did you use a special primer? Sorry about all the different messages.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:44 PM   #8
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I used Interlux Brightside marine paint on my Hunter Compact-II with excellent results. The application technique used is called "Roll & Tip" and you use a roller, followed up with light brushing. (Google it). The Interlux products cost a bit more, but I think that the results are worth the extra cost.
(BTW: Be sure to use the prescribed undercoat first)
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No primer. Just three coats. I used the roll & tip method.
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interlux brightside is a very good paint, but it is 2-3 times more expensive than rustoleum's topside paint.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:58 PM   #11
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About Interlux Brightside being $$$

As much work as I put into doing preparation (That's at least 80% of a repaint job), I wanted to use the very best paint I could find to be sure I wouldn't be redoing it in the future.
BTW: With the Interlux product, use of the primer/subcoat is mandatory to get a bond to the fiberglass surface. I covered light and dark brown with 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of white color.
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I used generic rust paint and a 4" high density foam roller to paint my boler. It turned out great. I don't wish I had spent more money on paint. As for the leaks, you probably need more than caulk. Butyl rubber tape for RVs is really great stuff.
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Thanks for all the suggestions, everything was really helpful. It gives a good place to start. Now all I have to do is all the fun prep work!
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Oh no, please don't apply more caulk trying to fix leaks... especially silicone!

Anything blobbed on the outside is a temporary fix that causes more work down the road when you go to fix your leak permanently.. well, 20 years or so permanently. Vents, etc. need to be sealed between the vent and the body and butyl putty tape is recommended. It's easy to use, easy to clean up and lasts for years.
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