Mellow Yellow?? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-06-2006, 04:23 PM   #1
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I'm very glad to have found a decent, eleven year old Bigfoot. Bought it about a month ago. One small problem...it's light yellow, not white. The UV has gotten to the paint, I'm guessing. A guy at the RV dealership said that all it needs is a good coat of wax. I'm sure he is right about that but I should have asked him how to make the yellow go away. It isn't affecting the function of the trailer but I'd be willing to invest some elbow grease to restore the paint towards the original production color. Any ideas for products that will work?
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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I'm thinking it's not paint, but the original gel coat

Mequires..can't remember the number, but it's a polish, very fine grit and will take any chalkiness off..just be careful you don't go completely through the gel coat.

Then wax with Mequires Flagship Premium Wax...available from boat/marine sources like West Marine. You may need to put on a couple of coats.

Lastly, it may never look like a new trailer, it is eleven years old.

Your last option would be paint.
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This guy had the same problem with his Compact Jr. I don't think he ever got it white.

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Thanks, Tom...
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Old 01-07-2006, 01:27 AM   #5
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One small problem...it's light yellow, not white.
The UV has gotten to the paint, I'm guessing.
I'd be willing to invest some elbow grease to restore the paint towards the original production color.
Are you sure it's not "the origonal production color?"
My Fiber Stream is not brilliant white, either. I have a name I like to call it: "Patina"

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I agree with Frederick; yellow might be the original color. I 'd take something off to expose the original underneath to see for sure before I started rubbing down looking for white that might not be there.

PS Another way to deal with it is to accept the yellow with open arms -- Put some brown or green pinstriping on it to highlight the yellow.
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Yellow? Here's yellow!!
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Fredrick and Pete...

You guys might be right. The color does seen to be uniform all around, front and back. Might not be UV attack. It's no big deal. I can live with "Mellow Yellow" or is that light beige? Ah, who cares, it's mine and it's paid for. A name for my new-to-me Bigfoot? Mellow Yellow?

I think that I will try to use a mild abrasive cleaner/polish on it and then use Donna's suggestion for the Maguire's Flagship wax. With all the rain we've had lately in Portland, I've discovered a leak in the back window so my attention is now focused on removing the old caulking and replacing it tomorrow during a break in the clouds!!
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Ah, who cares, [b]it's mine and it's paid for. A name for my new-to-me Bigfoot? Mellow Yellow?
Thats the ticket! I like it.
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When I polished what use to be our '89 Bigfoot, (with GelGloss), it removed the white chalky stuff, plus dirt, and actually turned more of a mellow yellow, which I figured was more of the original colour. Looks good anyway with the brown striping and decals.
When I first saw the words "mellow yellow", it reminded me of the notice in an old cottage bathroom we use to have; because of lack of water -
"If it's yellow, let it mellow"
"If it's brown, flush it down"
Ok - so that's a different subject
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Old 01-08-2006, 07:58 PM   #11
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Harry,

I'd prefer to remember it with Donovan's late 60's/early 70's song...

"They call me Mellow Yellow,
Quite rightly."

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