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Old 01-31-2014, 12:06 PM   #15
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This is what I have used to strip bottom paint off my boat.

Klean-Strip GAF354 Fiberglass Paint Stripper

A milder citrus stripper is available at the hardware stores.

READ and follow instructions for these products.

I rough sand the painted surface to break the skin and apply the stripper. Let the stripper do the work as soon as stripped area wash to decontaminate the surface.

Have you tried using a straight razor blade and scraping the paint off instead of sanding it off? In areas where paint isnt stuck well it flakes off easily. Change the razor blades alot.

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Old 01-31-2014, 12:31 PM   #16
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Captain Lees for fiberglass...or aircraft stripper for fiberglass
Any idea where, in Canada, I can find it? Or, is there a web seller that ships to Canada?

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Old 01-31-2014, 01:22 PM   #17
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A few things.

Need lots of rags
We used to use plastic Bondo spreaders for scraping
Still need to sand some when done
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:45 AM   #18
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Ice scrappers work well too... at least for removing silicone (GAG) and flaking paint. Just don't gouge at the fiberglass.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:12 PM   #19
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Could be just me

Originally Posted by Str8781 View Post
These posts confirm a lot of my thoughts. I would say that I have an orange peel finish with some curtains. Plus, I always knew that the gravel guard on the front window had been painted, but I assumed that the PO had stripped it down to repaint and then put up a decorative stripe (left over from the Scamp Decal along the side). But I can now clear as day see the old Scamp decal under the paint and new stripe. So that probably confirms how little prep the PO put into the paint job.
It would drive me crazy everytime I looked at it....maybe it's just's a 13 ft so not much area...sand out and buff (or take to a body shop and ask them)...even if it was $800 to do would be worth it to me not to look at it every time I camped.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:24 PM   #20
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Around here, $800 would be cheep for an auto body shop. More like $2000. But I could be wrong. I am fond of the idea of using a two part paint that is basically a thin gel coat. I expect to spend about $800 on just the paint.

Thankfully, my neighbor, who loves to paint, says if I do the prep, and buy the paint, he will paint my trailers for me.

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