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Old 04-02-2003, 09:11 PM   #1
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outside paint job

had anyone had this done. paid for a boat man to clean and paint or gelcoat the TT? I can't tell if my TT has been painted once, or if the gell coat is just loosing it's color in layers. this is the one thing that I feel is too big a job for just me. so if you had it done where they had to sand it down and all that, about how much was it? (if I may be so bold as to ask)
the guy I talked to was dubious. he said,* how big is it?* 11 x 6.5 *Oh thats not that big. how tall?* 6 ft inside. * It will fit inside, (eyes opening wider) what is it, just a sleeper?* I dont think he has ever seen something like my Buttercup. :lol
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Old 04-02-2003, 10:29 PM   #2
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Paint or gelcoat

Jana,

If it is pealing then it's paint. And you can redo paint. If you have new gelcoat applied to it, then all of the paint has to be removed first. But if you repaint it then just the loose must be removed.

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Old 04-03-2003, 12:34 AM   #3
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The Bigfoot Camper in the FOR SALE OR RENT section was repainted, from off white (oyster) to white - *Urethayne*. Looks fantastic and shows no sign of fatigue whatsoever.

P.S. I'm still considering having SUZ to wax my trailer..........wow. (she did a great job)


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Old 04-03-2003, 05:39 AM   #4
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Layers

If you're seeing layers, then It's been painted. Gelcoat has the colour mixed in when it is layed in the molds, and it will not peel.
It will fade and crack however.
My trailer was painted once, I assume by a bodyshop, because it's almost the original colour,and it was masked around all the seams, and trim, and was definitely sprayed.
It still shines like a new trailer, I just wax it about 4 times a year
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Old 04-03-2003, 07:07 AM   #5
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I can't really say it's peeling. it has scratches that show another layer of color, just slightly off color from the top one. much prettier layer it is too. When I take it over to the *boatman* (as he is 2 miles east of me. :)) I'll see what he says it is. if it's painted, he may not want to touch repainting it. If every thing had a history with it, I wouldn't have to wonder. :crazy-ii
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Old 04-03-2003, 11:02 AM   #6
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My two cents worth

Go with paint
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Old 04-03-2003, 07:46 PM   #7
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Go with paint. why, Tony? what do you like about paint?
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Old 04-04-2003, 08:08 AM   #8
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Jana ... my son has an older 21 foot fiberglass yellow sailboat (purchased last summer).

At his sailing club, there is a message from a guy who repaints sailboats ... also refinishes boat bottoms.

My son was going to contact this guy about painting/resurfacing the bottom of his sailboat over the winter.

Do you have any lakes, with marinas nearby? On a nice spring morning, you might be able to find a boat enthusiast who have similar work done ... or atleast knows another sailer who did.
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Another thought ... find an auto repair shop that has experience fixing fiberglass Corvettes and have them take a look at your trailer.

They'd probably get a kick out of seeing your rig and could give some painting/fixing advice.

Don't just call a boat or auto repair play on the phone (probably too busy to really talk or consider what you're asking anyway).

Take the trailer to them.

It would be fun ... and give you an excuse to hook up the trailer and pull it around town!
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Most boat and car places offer "free" estimates.

Take the rig to them, and ask for an estimate.

Who knows, they might laugh you right off their lot ... but then again, they might view your request as a challenge ... and a way to break up their normal routines.

Let us know what happens, ok?
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Orginally posted by Charles Watts

Most boat and car places offer "free" estimates.

Take the rig to them, and ask for an estimate.

Who knows, they might laugh you right off their lot ... but then again, they might view your request as a challenge ... and a way to break up their normal routines.

Let us know what happens, ok?
I kind of got the breaking-up routines part with this guy already. You could see it in his eyes . *How am I going to get this big trailer on the lot with all these boats?* he was getting happier and happier as we talked size. then when I said only fiberglass the holes now, then over-all gelcoat this winter when he wasn't as busy. he [b]really liked that idea. :lol
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>>getting happier

That's been my experience with these places ... particularly if they have experience working with fiberglass boats or cars.

They actually enjoy the challenge of "playing" with fixing our cute little fiberglass wonders ... if, say, you happen to back your brand new trailer into a tree (not that there is anything wrong with that!)

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