Grandesse - How to remove housepaint - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-19-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Grandesse - How to remove housepaint

hi i have just got myself a mkp grandesse. 1985. the guy who had it before me ,hand painted it . the origanil colour is green. the body work is in great condition. i want to know how to strip what i think is house gloss paint without damaging the gel coat . hope someone can help. all the best joe.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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Joey, Welcome to the group.

We would love to see photos of your Grandesse! I'm not familiar with that brand, but I don't know many of the Euro brands of caravans. If you feel like sharing photos of the Yorkshire area, that would be wonderful also

I'm sure someone will have some suggestions soon as to how to remove that paint.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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As the gel coat (meaning the very top glossy coating) is already almost 30 years old, and, for some reason, the PO painted over it, I wouldn't be all that concerned about saving what's there.

Hopefully the paint is latex and will respond to a heat gun and a plastic scraper, Most latex strippers don't bother fiberglass at all so, after testing in a hidden area, you might also use that to soften the paint for removal.

Depending on what you find, the next step(s) may 4-6 coats of ZEPP Wet Look Floor Wax or a lesson on applying Briteside Marine paint via the roll and tip method.

You might take it around first and get several opinions on what's on there before starting to remove it though.

If it turns out that is is brushed on enamel, such as Rust-oleum, all I can say is Good Luck with that.....
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:33 PM   #4
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The MKP Grandesse are neato!

"Made in Kolding, Denmark, by Kolding Karosserifabrik, from the late 1960s until around 1988. Exported to many countries. Roof, top, and bottom molds joined with horizontal seams. Length: 18 ft.; interior height: 6' 3"; outside height: 8'8"; insulated and most had double-glazed windows. Custom interiors were available."

I thought the original color was white? Here's a link to the Historian's Album for the MKP Grandesse: Fiberglass RV - Historian's Album: MKP Grandesse
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #5
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I love those pictures Donna referred us to. what a great FB trailer/caravan! It will be well worth all the elbow grease you have to put into it to have this beautiful trailer pristine again. Congratualtion on the purchase.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:22 PM   #6
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This is a Facebook group in Britain and they restore vintage caravans. They may also have some advise and help for you:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mycoolclassiccar/
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:02 AM   #7
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thanks pam its a very good site
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #8
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Fiberglass gel coat is a very tough and resiliant finish, I have removed both 40 year old carpet adhesive and PL400 from the gel coat on mine using lacquer thinner (us caution and protect yourself). I would even challenge that a paint stripper may also work but!!! Do any testing in an hidden area to make sure it does not effect the finish.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:58 PM   #9
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I had to strip the paint off my sons scamp it had been brushed painted. I used Citris strip .i brushed it on a couple square meters and then covered it with plastic and let it soak for a hour or so then power wased it off .keep repeating untill all is removed .the Citris strip never hurt the Fiberglas. You can see the finished trailer at happier camper.com look for the sage coach.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:30 PM   #10
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Wow! That looks like a fiberglass airstream...very cool!
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:25 AM   #11
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Heads Up......

"Citrus Strip", like many other products that put "Citrus" in their name, is a very hazardous petro-chemical stripping product. The spray can version is OSHA rated as "Highly Hazardous" to your health.

Actual "Citrus" content is listed as 1-5%

Always Google the MSDS sheets on these products before considering them for at home use......
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Welcome Watson! Glad you joined us and oh my gawd you got a super cool trailer. Can't wait to see pics!


I so agree with Bob, MSDS facts are worth the time searching out.


Anyway, just wanted you to know if the gel coat does get damaged you can always check out what members have been doing and having great success with at, http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ell-43004.html


Good luck with your paint removal project, but please do post pic's of before and after!
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