Rattle Can Paint Project question - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-07-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Rattle Can Paint Project question

So, pricing being a big issue, I'm now comparing the cost to do a rattle can paint job myself. What kind of paint would be recommended? I want to do a color (probably yellow). I don't own a power sander, so I know that purchase cost will have to get factored in, along with the paint, and sanding paper.

How difficult is it to do a home-spray paint job, and what is involved?
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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My opinion is that Spray cans on a large project just turn out looking like some really amateur painter did it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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I agree, most spray can jobs that I have seen that actually looked decent when finished soon deteriorated. The quality of paint in a can just isn't up to auto standards. I respray sections of a railing fence on my veranda almost monthly.

A better bet is marine paint. I did my Hunter with Interlux Briteside and it's beautiful. The paint is designed specifically for fiberglass and goes on well using the roll and tip method. About $300 in materials should do the average FGRV. Figure one coat of undercoat and two coats of color.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Pam, please don't do a spray can paint job. As has already been mentioned, it will look terrible and will get worse with time.

Does your Uhaul really need paint? Perhaps just a good scrub with Barkeepers Friend cleanser and then coat it with Red Max Pro or Zep High Traffic floor polish. You can find threads on this site about the procedure.

Honestly, my personal opinion is that I'd rather see a faded gelcoat finish than one that had been covered with a spray can finish.

If you really want to paint it yourself, I would recommend the marine paint route, using the 'roll and tip' method. About $300 should do it. The other option is to talk to one of the cheap autobody paint shops and ask them how much to spray it if you do all of the prep work (cleaning, wet sanding, and masking). You might be surprised.

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My opinion is that Spray cans on a large project just turn out looking like some really amateur painter did it.
X2 on that and another thought is $$$$ I think the average cost of a rattle can of paint(around here at least) is 4 to 6 dollars and that is just regular harware store paint. DH use to do lots of painting of cars and furniture,unless it was just a touch up he would always get out his compresser and spray gun. Meaning if it would take more than one can he could do it cheaper the long hard way.Or use the ever handy brush or roller.

There are lots of things to try first before you have to do a new paint job. like others have said a super good cleaning,then follow with a good buff and wax just might take care of your problem.

Read lots of threads here on cleaning.We have seen pictures posted of befores that I thought "no way will that ever look good" then the same egg After picture has always been a big WOW! Yes it is lots of work,but well worth the look and savings.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:29 AM   #6
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you would be better off to take it to earl schibe or some discount car painter. another option specialy as this is going on winter. does your highschool or local vocational school have an autoshop componant? sometimes the students need a project and for a donation to the shop fund,,will do a project like this for experiance.
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Pam,
I didn't notice that your gel coat looked like it needed paint when you were at Algonac, but I didn't look that closely. I know that MichaelJ had his VT painted a bright white and it looks very nice.

Here is the comment that Todd Reed made concerning painting his Scamp:

"Steve - the paint is rustoleum topside marine paint. I used a roller to apply. It is very reasonably priced and I applied three coats of each color a year ago. I garage the trailer, therefore it's only been in the sun for about 20 days. The paint is holding up well. Only one chip due to road rocks. Here is a link to the paint."

https://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=4

Perhaps this would work for you!

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My opinion is that Spray cans on a large project just turn out looking like some really amateur painter did it.
I agree with Darwin , I have never seen a do it yourself spray can paint job that looks anywhere near as good as a professional paint job . Plus by having it done professionally you can have a clear coat applied . Trying to keep dust out of the paint at home is a difficult task
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I have not done this technique but have followed what he did. The following is a single web site address though it looks like two. Just double click it.

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ookaayy, you've talked me down from that ledge. I'll just save my money. Kevin, the gelcoat is not in bad shape, but I'd like to add some color to the outside. If it was a belly band style, I'd paint the underside a color and keep the upper one white. But I don't have that option with the UHaul's seam running across the top/bottom of the trailer. I'll keep checking into other options, but it sounds like I'll be best to let the pros do it.
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I painted mine with a roller using rustoleum marine topside paint. It is very reasonably priced. I bought mine at Menards. Here is a link to the product. It's holding up quite well. My paint job is a year old. You can see my trailer in my registry.

https://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=4

The rustoleum is $12 a quart, compared to $30 or more for interlux brightside.
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Hi: Just finished scrubbing mine with TSP and laundry soap. Three coats of ZED floor finish from Lowes and it looks great. TSP will burn a bare hand. To address your color want you might consider a Gravel protection bib on the front. I'm looking at " GrizzlyGrip". a truck bed liner in many colors and a couple of textures. Its been mentioned on this site several times. Just enough color and it is brush applied. Lots of luck. Mike
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The enamel and a roller method works really well. I painted my former TV (a 10 year old faded Tacoma) using the system and except for some drips on the bumper (gotta use lots of masking material), it turned out really good. The secret is to thin down the industrial enamel and use a foam roller and do a lot of coats with some minimum sanding in between. Google for $50 paint job for details.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:49 PM   #14
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I'd like to use a rattle can to paint my Casita with desert camouflage colours. But I'm a little bit chicken...can I still get into RV Parks then?
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