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Old 01-17-2007, 08:41 PM   #15
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My family thinks I'm crazy, talking about my trailer all the time.
[b]My family knows I'm crazy...

I say, if black is what you like, then Black is what you should go for!
It would look cool with a gold belly band...
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[b]My family knows I'm crazy...

I say, if black is what you like, then Black is what you should go for!
It would look cool with a gold belly band...

I like your gold bellyband idea. I was thinking about the bellyband remaining silver and maybe some type of pinstriping near the bellyband or something, too.

We were going to paint it black below bellyband and white above, have a mannequin wearing a jail uniform and handcuffs- leaning up against the window, looking out at traffic, and a police-looking emblem that says something like, "Campers," or something...but we decided that might attract a little too much attention for our taste (though we'd get a good laugh out of it every time we saw it). <--- as though a police car was trailing us closely

It sure is fun to think about paint and interior schemes!
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:36 AM   #17
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Tirah,

The absolute best resource for Interlux paint is interlux themselves, they have the definitive painting guide in pdf format on their site. You should read the whole thing.

http://www.yachtpaint.com/usa/default.asp

Follow their directions to the letter for the individual paint and you will be happy with the results.

Painting is 85% prep.

http://www.yachtpaint.com/USA/boat_paintin...ide/default.asp

Practice on some prepped plywood first to get your technique down, you will be surprised how fast the actual painting goes.
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:41 PM   #18
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Something noone mentioned is using a quality primer before painting. If you're painting black, you might want to use a dark primer first. The result will be more consistent. Modern primers, as from an auto paint shop, have chemicals in them that make the paint stick.

I painted my Boler a couple of years ago (the blue boler), and it has held up well. The only thing that I would do different is finish the front so that rocks wouldn't chip the paint. The quality of the paint nor the expertise putting it on will not prevent rock chips. You don't see them on the gel coat finish because the color is deeper.

We recently got a new tow vehicle, and are in the process of repainting the boler to match the vehicle. We're getting a rhino-coat finish for the front, and coloring it to sorta match the paint. More on the results...

Good luck on your paint job. Just hin -- the more prep, the better the result.
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Something noone mentioned is using a quality primer before painting. If you're painting black, you might want to use a dark primer first. The result will be more consistent. Modern primers, as from an auto paint shop, have chemicals in them that make the paint stick.

I painted my Boler a couple of years ago (the blue boler), and it has held up well. The only thing that I would do different is finish the front so that rocks wouldn't chip the paint. The quality of the paint nor the expertise putting it on will not prevent rock chips. You don't see them on the gel coat finish because the color is deeper.

We recently got a new tow vehicle, and are in the process of repainting the boler to match the vehicle. We're getting a rhino-coat finish for the front, and coloring it to sorta match the paint. More on the results...

Good luck on your paint job. Just hin -- the more prep, the better the result.
Your Boler paint job looks terrific. I hope ours turns out that nice.

At first, I wasn't going to primer, but after reading your post, I'm definitely going to go get some primer.

I'm interested to see your Rhino-coat paint job when you're done. That's a good idea. Too bad they don't make "trailer bras" or something like that. I think we'll at least keep an extra supply of paint for touch-ups if we don't end up copying your Rhino-coat idea.

I read on the forum that mud flaps help prevent the rock chips, so maybe I'll get some of those. I'm probably going to look silly driving around a minivan with mudflaps, but anything for my little trailer.
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:30 PM   #20
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Too bad they don't make "trailer bras" or something like that.
...anything for my little trailer.
Be careful what you ask for...



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They're made for Motorcycle Trailers and Side-Cars.

Link Here

Looks simple enough to make one bigger for your egg...
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:40 PM   #21
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Here's a link to the stuff Gene Layton applied when he went to Alaska with his Casita:
Trailer protection, Going to Alaska or snow country?
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Tirah, don't know if you read the topic Benita started about paint jobs, but when you get your trailer all painted, sure hope you'll contribute a picture to the topic:

Paint Jobs, Real and Imagined. (Not a How To thread)

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Tirah, don't know if you read the topic Benita started about paint jobs, but when you get your trailer all painted, sure hope you'll contribute a picture to the topic:

Paint Jobs, Real and Imagined. (Not a How To thread)


Hey Donna,

Thanks for that link to that trailer-bra stick-on stuff. That looks like the perfect solution for protecting the paint.

I'll definitely contribute to the paint scheme thread. It will be fun to show off the trailer when it doesn't look so much like an old outhouse anymore.
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:27 PM   #24
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I`ve done some custom paint when I was a little younger. The advice I`ve read here about pre cleaning with a silicon remover and degreaser is something you should follow...especially around any mouldings. I don`t know if you had it since new, but products like armour all have been a real nightmare for me (people using these type of products to shine up the rubber moulding have made it difficult to even get tape to stick let alone paint) what are you doing for a primer? How is it for pin holes? Prep work can be very intensive depending on what result you expect. I doubt your success without sanding. (I have many hours of sanding down to 600 grit that I wish I didn`t have to do)
I can understand the matching car and trailer combo, but these frp trailers tend to be rather "wiggly"...I know mine is..(if you look down the side of your unit when it is wet and you can see "waves" in the surface, it is accentuated by a dark and shiny colour.) I`ve got lots of work to "hide" this on other frp vehicles with stripes and murals.
Good luck with it.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:32 PM   #25
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My 84 Burro has a lot of spiderweb cracking and a few small holes, anyone fixed anything like that before? I'm looking into painting and first want to fix it up? thanks
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http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=25618
bondo for big cracks, sandable marine grade caulk for holes, windows, primer for tiny spiders and pits
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My 84 Burro has a lot of spiderweb cracking and a few small holes, anyone fixed anything like that before? I'm looking into painting and first want to fix it up? thanks
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