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Old 06-26-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
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I have a 1986 Bigfoot 17 (new to me) with very faded and cracked decals. I did a search here on the site and on Google, and it looks like you can't buy new ones any more. Have any of you used acrylic paint to touch them up? Any thoughts on whether this would actually be a good idea?
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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I think it sounds like a great idea. Instead of painting the entire trailer to match the tug, you have an opportunity to match a smaller part. No one says the paint has to be the same color as the original decals. Do some rubbings of the decals so you can make a template and have at it! I've heard the brand "One Shot," would work well... that's the same brand stripers use for hot rods.

Let us know how it goes if you decide to do it.
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When I bought my Fiber Stream, it was faded, to say the least.


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After cleaning up the fiberglass, I painted the washed out logo decals with enamel paint.
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Frederick,

You have Nevada completely surrounded. You should run up on the weekend and hit something right over the Nevada border so you can fill that in...
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:04 PM   #5
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I also used enamel paint on 2 units. The first one was a 17ft Boler and the second one was a Compact J. I took off the logos and strippings and then painted that area to match my truck at that time. PS---I also did the wheel well skirts on Boler.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:31 PM   #6
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When I bought my Fiber Stream, it was faded, to say the least.


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After cleaning up the fiberglass, I painted the washed out logo decals with [b]enamel paint.

That looks really sharp!! What brand of enamel paint would you suggest?

Also, how did you get the Clear Coat such a nice white color? (from that grey-ish color it was?) Mine seems a little yellowed.
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I painted a two inch wide, red stripe on our Avion about 20 years ago with some left over paint after painting our pickup. To set it off I bought some black vinyl stripping from a boating supply. Once the vinyl was in place I masked on top of the vinyl then painted between. I used an air brush which worked very well and made a nice smooth coating, however it took more than several coats to get the required build-up.

It looked real sharp for a number of years, since the truck was silver with a red top and red band down the center of the fenders, doors and box.

Unfortunately, time has faded both and they certainly need redoing.

I used Ditzler Delstar at the time. That was before clear coating was done much, especially for amateur work. With the new formulations of auto paint, these days, I believe the results would be much longer lasting.
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That looks really sharp!! What brand of enamel paint would you suggest?
I used RUST-OLEUM Protective Enamel (oil based), in Gloss Sunrise Red for the Logos only. The stripes are Boat Stripe Tape from West Marine.
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Also, how did you get the Clear Coat such a nice white color? (from that grey-ish color it was?) Mine seems a little yellowed.
I cheated.
Photo #1 = Overcast, Cloudy Day. Used a CHEAP old windows 3.1 digital camera from the $.99 store.
Photo #2 = Bright Sunny Day. Used New 4-megapixel Kodak $149.00 camera.

My trailer has <strike>yellowed</strike> patina also. Compare the brite white cargo hatch doors with the fiberglass creme.
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