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Old 07-03-2019, 11:37 AM   #1
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paint or gel coat??

[1972 compact jr] input needed is this a trailer that has been painted multiple times or does anyone know if a "primer" was used under gelcoat? I bought the trailer with the dark blue as you see in the photo(too dark to be the pastel colors originally used) but when I began sanding there was a tan color under the blue -see picture
And then under the tan was a bold and beautiful red. Any chance my jr was originally a red? I've seen a couple hunter II trailers that were red, but as far as I knew the jr's were all pastel pink,blue, green and yellow from the factory. I'd appreciate everyone's input Click image for larger version

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Old 07-03-2019, 01:43 PM   #2
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A couple of years ago I saw a Hunter camper with the original gelcoat, and guess what? It was a darkish red similar to your photos. So you might try stripping off the paint using a gelcoat-friendly stripper. Some people paint over gelcoat because they want a different color, while others paint over gelcoat to hide fiberglass repairs.
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Thank you for replying, that's good to know, as I'd rather restore the gelcoat vs painting. Do you happen to remember if it was a compact II or compact jr? I'll look into a stripper compatible with gelcoat. Happy 4th
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Brian I didn't notice which model. I saw it at a Tin Can Tourists rally, and it was the only molded fiberglass camper there. The rest were canned ham and Airstream style campers.
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The Hunter definitely came with a red gelcoat, at least on the bottom: Complete list of Compact style trailers with pictures
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The Hunter that I saw at the TCT rally was red gel coat all over, not two tone. It was a deep, dark, aged red.
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Gelcoat is basically colored polyester resin you catalyze and apply just like the structural layers. There is no need to use a primer; it's all the same stuff.


If you want to add structural layers over existing gelcoat or fiberglass, just sand/grind down through the UV-damaged layer or just remove the high-gloss imparted by the mold surface so you have a chemically clean, rough, fairly flat surface to apply more fiberglass resin and cloth to. You don't have to take all the gelcoat off to get a good bond.
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