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Old 12-08-2005, 08:25 PM   #1
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What is the most economical yet durable paint for a fiberglass trailer? Epoxy, enamel, urethane, or acrylic?
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:39 PM   #2
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I used an enamal on mine. It's glossy, but with a texture, and has held up well.

It's only been 6 mos. or so tho.
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Old 12-09-2005, 10:09 AM   #3
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I tried to find information on trailer paint but most of it deals with boat paint on fiberglass. One automotive paint store said the way to go was 100% acrylic because of it's flexible properties. But yesterday I went to a paint and body shop and the owner said he would paint my egg on Monday. He wants to use a commercial grade of enamel. I was under the impression enamel was to rigid or stiff of a product but what do I know?

What is a Corvette body painted with? They are fiberglass and the paint holds up well.
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Old 12-09-2005, 10:13 AM   #4
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I painted my Old Compact J with a product called (Tremclad)The instuctions said Metal and Fiberglass.As far as I am concerned it went on good and still to this day looks good.I beleive the American equlivent is (Rustoleum)SP
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Old 12-09-2005, 10:34 AM   #5
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Interesting. I assume that would be an enamel paint? The top of the Burro is really flexible. You really cannot lean on it while working up there or it gives way and makes you feel like you can damage the fiberglass. And I suppose while trailering these units a lot of flex occurs.
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Old 12-09-2005, 10:43 AM   #6
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Interesting. I assume that would be an enamel paint? The top of the Burro is really flexible. You really cannot lean on it while working up there or it gives way and makes you feel like you can damage the fiberglass. And I suppose while trailering these units a lot of flex occurs.
In my case YES
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Old 12-09-2005, 10:01 PM   #7
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I tried to find information on trailer paint but most of it deals with boat paint on fiberglass. One automotive paint store said the way to go was 100% acrylic because of it's flexible properties. But yesterday I went to a paint and body shop and the owner said he would paint my egg on Monday. He wants to use a commercial grade of enamel. I was under the impression enamel was to rigid or stiff of a product but what do I know?

What is a Corvette body painted with? They are fiberglass and the paint holds up well.
Howdy, My son`s Vette was shot with a base/clear automotive paint after we`d prepped it and the paint on the plastic bumpers had an additive added to make it more flexible although I`ve seen Vettes with spider web checking on the fiberglass which could be from impacting with something......there are some painters on the site so maybe we`ll hear from them.....Benny
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Old 12-09-2005, 10:05 PM   #8
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Your Vette question is a logical one. And thats the first place I went when looking to have mine painted by a pro. They didn't have a clue! (Or didn't want to bother)

The boat folks were not at all helpful either. I finally resorted to an airplane supply place, and they put me on to PPG paints.

Mine is a house paint. Exterior, so it was probably formulated to put up with expanding and contracting of wood from weather.
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:14 AM   #9
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Acrlic enamel is fine with a flexerizer added.Shoot a coat of clear and give it that wet look.
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:20 AM   #10
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Thank you for the information. I was just reading about the additives. That's what I will use.
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:29 AM   #11
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Ive been looking into wether some of that pickup bedliner rubbery tough paint would stick to fiberglass very well? They say its extremely tough(good for those gravel roads where branches are sticking out) They say it stays flexable (wont crack), comes in almost any color, can be aplied nearly any thickness you like, Insulates(another great quality) and can be made with or without that traction grippy stuff in it.

Im thinking that if it sticks so well to painted sheet metal that has only been lightly sanded and cleaned that it should be able to stick to sanded cleaned fiberglass

If i find a brand i like im going to try a small aria upfront like a gravel guard. I will poast my findings....


The bad points ive been reading about are some (cheaper)brands get kinda gooey in the sun, can fade in the sun also. And even the cheaper brands arent very cheap at all.

I have seen some awefully beatup pickups with big dents in the beds and the only paint on them that still looks good is the spray on bedliner stuff?

has anyone else thought about or tried this stuff? Have it in your pickup... hows it working for you? Thanks
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Old 12-10-2005, 11:09 AM   #12
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I tried some on my 13ft Boler.For me it did not go on the way I wanted.I found it hard to work with.I finnaly scraped it off.Lost a few dollars there and lots of time.
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Old 12-10-2005, 11:51 AM   #13
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In my search, I ran across a guy that painted a 1970 Trillium. He used a polyurathane paint in 1977. If I didn't see it for myself, I wouldn't have believed it, but this paint looked new. He said that he never even polished or waxed it in all those years! At that time, it was (and probably still is) the most expensivce paint. But, almost 30 YEARS! -Wow. I am impressed.

By the way, I ran across a website of interest for those looking for new Trilliums.

TrilliumRV.com
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Hi Jerry and Welcome-------Good info.Thanks
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