Painting Fiberglass Cupboards - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-26-2006, 12:28 AM   #1
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For those who have ventured to paint their fiberglass closet/cupboards in their bolers, I am just curious how durable the paint is.
Melamine paint seems to be the choice and I question whether it ends up with nicks and scratches from use.
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For those who have ventured to paint their fiberglass closet/cupboards in their bolers, I am just curious how durable the paint is.
Melamine paint seems to be the choice and I question whether it ends up with nicks and scratches from use.
Any info would be appreciated.
Hi, Laura
I used a good floor paint on my doors. The uppers and closet look wonderful and fresh and clean. The ones on the storage area need to be resanded and repainted as the items I typically store in the campen when enroute have scratched the paint badly. I'll have to start using some bins or something. Other than this, I've been very pleased.
The product I used was an acrylic enamel with urethane in the mix. It's performed very well on my front exterior porch floor so I felt confident it would be fine on the doors.

I may paint a design on the doors and then finish them off with a few coats of a non-yellowing poly. In the homes I design, where we have paint finishes or murals, I always had this done. The poly takes the brunt of the hit and the underside remains substantially more protected. You can purchase this in spray form, too. It's what I use on my artwork.

The prep for the doors involved a light sanding and then a good cleaning with TSP. Some may say the TSP pits well enough that you don't need to sand. That's likely true, but, the better the prep, the better the adhesion.

Good luck! Pictures when you're done?
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Thanks Gigi for your quick response, and the painting tips.

I guess I wasn't very clear in my question though ... I meant the painting of the fiberglass itself (not the doors but the cabinets).
Thanks again!
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Hi Laura,

I painted all of the fibreglass in my Boler. This was 3 years ago. I used an oil based melamine no primer. There has been no chipping at all. A Mr. Clean magic sponge takes care of any marks that don't wash off. I think the most important thing is to really scuff sand well before you start to paint.
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Thanks Gigi for your quick response, and the painting tips.

I guess I wasn't very clear in my question though ... I meant the painting of the fiberglass itself (not the doors but the cabinets).
Thanks again!
Oh, hellllloooooooooooo! I should have ready it more carefully.
Well, most of what I said applies anyway.

I am going to paint mine as well, I can't stand that it looks aged when the cupboard doors look so nice.

When I taught my paint classes years ago, people always asked if there was a faux finish for countertops. Well, there was a product that was made for countertops and the specs on that paint were identical to the melamine paint. I demonstrated the application of two colors over a base coat using two pads of lamb's wool. The result was very nice looking and was easily repaired. All one needed to do to repair was lightly sand the spot and reapply the two colors using a Q tip. One woman told me years later how much she liked hers after she did it and that she didn't have to repair it for years and she had 3 young children. My point is, by doing a technique, the ease of covering existing blemishes is great as is the ease of repair later.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with mine. I may do a stripe or place some stripes in key places. One could do a look of wood grain and paint a tile backsplash. That's on my list for sure, but, I have to decide what scene I want. I am going to do my Faberge Egg decor so perhaps a painting of The Hermitage would be in order.

Good luck! Let us know how it works for you!
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