Removing old "Paint"? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-20-2016, 06:17 PM   #1
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Removing old "Paint"?

Hi everyone,

below is our Trillium 1300. The paint on it is awful and I'm not sure of the best way to get rid of it. I heard you might be able to use a heat gun (very carefully) to remove it, but I want more opinions before we go any further on this part of it. All advice is greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:21 PM   #2
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Maybe this? Marine Paint Stripper Gallon
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:22 PM   #3
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I read somewhere in this forum that some folks rub off the paint with green pad or purple pad and water. Also read in this forum that there are paint removers suitable for FG.
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:36 PM   #4
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I'll give this a try - just looked at some videos and it looks like it works really well. Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:09 PM   #5
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Ask someone who paints boats and/or Corvettes.
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:40 PM   #6
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How is the gel coat under the paint? I would assume (not always a good idea) that the gel coat was sanded before the trailer was painted. If so, then why not do so again? you would likely be surprised at how effective 220 grit wetsand is. My Boler was painted and I ended up repainting it a different colour but before I was certain that was my route I did sand the paint off (by hand).You could also try acetone (ventilation, gloves, no sparks-be safe) it is relatively friendly to fiberglass and is decent at removing paint too. Just my thoughts though, try a few things in an inconspicuous area first.
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Old 06-27-2016, 03:11 AM   #7
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My trailer has a hideous layer of poorly adhered paint, and I found a glass scraper works extremely well. The previous owner who prepped the gel coat did a very lazy job with the sander, basically making a couple light swirl marks here and there, but it's really easy to remove the paint. I'd try that first since scrapers are cheap and they will have the least amount of undesirable effect.
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:01 AM   #8
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If you use marine paint remover, you stand a very good chance of damaging the gel-coat and the resin below. There are some special liquid paint removers tthat are designed to be used on fiberglass, but from my experience they are not very good.

I suggest a soft pad with sand paper, that how boats are done.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:49 AM   #9
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I have this same task on hand someday as my Bigfoot was painted at some point and it's not that pretty anymore. I asked this same question and most recommended a Citrus based paint remover,, Or as said if the Gel Coat is already been sanded use a fine grit sandpaper. I was told to not use any strong chemical type strippers as they will melt the gel coat and make things worse. Try it on the roof first as at least no one will see it if you make a mess.

I had to remove the old awning attachment strip and I sanded that part with 220 grit and it seed to work just fine. I will need a lot more time to do the whole trailer but I'm optimistic that the orbital sander will work.

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Old 07-01-2016, 05:00 PM   #10
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It's not paint!

Hi everyone. I've found out it is not paint. It is liquid fiberglass, so no paint remover will take it off. We've been chipping it off with masks and safety glasses on. We've also sanded some off but the whole thing is a long process for sure!
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Hi everyone. I've found out it is not paint. It is liquid fiberglass, so no paint remover will take it off. We've been chipping it off with masks and safety glasses on. We've also sanded some off but the whole thing is a long process for sure!
Oh drat, you have my sympathy and that is for sure. But there is a happy ending waiting for you at the conclusion of the show.
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If chipping works, you might try an oscillating saw with a scraper blade. Works fantastic on old floor tile adhesive.........
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Fiberglass or just resin like clear coat?
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Old 07-06-2016, 06:19 PM   #14
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I was told it was fiberglass, but it could be a resin I suppose. Either way it is going to take a few more hours of work to get it off. We are going to try and just polish it up after that instead of painting it. We'd like it to look like it did when it was "young". :-)
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