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Old 02-28-2016, 07:38 AM   #1
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What paint do you use?

I have a 1974 Amerigo. Thinking about painting it in the spring. Someone told me you can paint it with a roller. Anyone have a recommendation of the best paint to use?
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:06 AM   #2
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Interlux Brightsides. You can apply using the roll and tip method which will give you a great finish and it's easy to do. Lots of tutorials on youtube.
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Thank You, I'll post pics when I do it!
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Old 02-28-2016, 10:56 AM   #4
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Hi, logged in for the first time, St. John's, NL. Painted my 74 Unik with Rustoleum anti rust gloss paint last summer. Used small styrofoam type rollers. Came out perfect. Preparation was the hardest part, but really necessary. Sanding, cleaning, wiping, etc. Good luck. There are pics of it here somewhere if you look under Unik.
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Old 02-28-2016, 12:51 PM   #5
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I'm about to paint as well as I finally managed to straigen my door enough...

There seems to be a lot written on the forum about painting. I don't want to open the debate between the two options mentioned this far on this thread, but could some wise and experienced campers post a link to one or two of the best paint threads? That would be useful.

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Old 02-28-2016, 12:57 PM   #6
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Not to debate the issue, but to tell you we used Rustoleum Marine white on our smaller fiberglass trailer with a foam roller ("hot dog" roller?) without tipping. Paul tried tipping but the paint settled better when merely rolled. The first coat wasn't as good as we'd hoped, and was a little thin in places (covering dark blue with white), but the second coat self-levelled so beautifully we couldn't believe it. At about $20 a quart it is pricey, but it's also readily available locally without having to drive into Seattle or special order.

We also used old enamel paints and mixed a cadet blue for the inside and bottom half (it's a little shell-style motorcycle trailer) that so far has worked very well.

For the big amerigo, 1973, we're using marine primer (white) and will use a foam roller for two very thin coats in marine white (Rustoleum).

Brightside paint has been suggested by others and sounds like a great product. But this Rustoleum Marine paint was much easier to get hold of here.

Roll and tip is the recommended method, but just using a sponge roller (and having plenty of them--you can wrap them in baggies overnight, but we're not willing to clean them to save them for later)...and two very thin coats worked better for us. So no tipping. Possibly Paul's "touch" wasn't quite right for it.

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Our brown trailer--the brown is going, partly because it's too hot, partly because it looks like a rolling "poop" and partly because of the 59 holes Paul has had to fill with fiberglass and bondo all over it.
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Also, can someone give us an approximation of how much paint we'll need? Let's say a Boler that will be painted with two different colors, top and bottom...
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Old 02-28-2016, 02:45 PM   #8
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Hey. Go to fgic.com they have everything you need to get the job done. You dont want to do it twice. you can call them & they will be happy to walk you thru it.
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Made a mistake its fgci.com . trans posed the last two.
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Old 02-28-2016, 08:14 PM   #10
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I have a 1974 Amerigo. Thinking about painting it in the spring. Someone told me you can paint it with a roller. Anyone have a recommendation of the best paint to use?
;Last week I saw a Dodge Class B Van where he did the same thing used Rustoleum Paint it took 3 coats of paint with sanding on the first 2 to make it look like a spray on paint job, he said he used the smaller roller that was made of Foam, I stood 6' back & I could not tell the difference but it looked real nice and this was on Metal. 1988 Dodge Class B.
He also said it was a lot of work getting it ready and as he never had a cover he made a jig for it and covered it with a large tarp to keep the water off and this was a winter paint job in a wet climate.
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I have a 1974 Amerigo. Thinking about painting it in the spring. Someone told me you can paint it with a roller. Anyone have a recommendation of the best paint to use?
U might want to see if Rustoleum comes in White Paint Using the rusty colored stuff is very dark and in a hot climate going to get hot inside as it holds the heat, Just a after thought. I know that Tremclad comes in white.
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Old 02-29-2016, 01:52 AM   #12
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I know what you mean by roll when painting but what is roll and tip?

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Old 02-29-2016, 01:28 PM   #13
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Linda,

Probably you'll get ten replies all at once.

Roll and tip:

You roll in one direction and a limited area. You go over the rolled area in the opposite direction with a dry paint brush, using only the tips. to help the pain flatten. So if you roll vertically, you "tip" horizontally.
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Stude,

Hi, YES, Rustoleum "metal" paint comes in white! The METAL PRIMER is one of those "rusty" colors, but the PAINT -- well, you probably have fifteen choices or more, AND you can mix colors.

Rustoleum MARINE paint (more flexible, even, than the metal paint) comes in more limited colors, and good luck finding more than a couple in stock. But WHITE is one of them! And the MARINE PRIMER IS WHITE (slightly warmer than snow-white).

AND you can mix the marine paint as well (I e-mailed the company and asked). YES. BUT if you go outside of the premixed colors, you'll play merry "heck" matching it again later, so measure carefully.


On Shelly, the little motorcycle cargo trailer we used as a learning experience for fiberglass, we put two coats straight Rustoleum MARINE white on the top half, over a very thin coat of marine primer, also white. For the bottom half, I mixed leftover paint we already had: some "safety blue" Rustoleum metal paint, some Rustoleum metals paint black, and a big blob of Rustoleum white metal paint. It turned a very nice cadet blue (slightly gray blue, mid-tone) and we used it inside and on the outside bottom. I have GOT to get some photos of it up.)

(Shelly will have to be completely repainted should we ever need to patch her, we'll never match that exact leftover paint mix.) But that's OK for now!

Two coats of the Rustoleum metal paint and it was good to go. Again, Paul only rolled it, he didn't roll and tip. The top he only rolled, as well, as the MARINE paint self-levelled very nicely.

It's NOT super-shiny, but has a classy kind of dim sheen.
It DOES look like what it is, "fiberglass," not unlike a BOAT, and we've had a LOT of compliments on it already.

PREP is very important...sanding with a proper grit (Paul used 100 for a first sand, and 1000 between coats). Then he wiped it down with acetone and let it dry (fast).

Shelly is small enough he did it all inside the garage. the bigger trailer he's done some tarping to work on it even in the rain...we're not sure quite how we'll do the final paint, possibly he can roll it into the warehouse where he used to work for a weekend--that'd probably do it.

TWO coats of Rustoleum MARINE paint was plenty...we used about 1/2 of a quart on the top half of Shelly for both coats. we barely used any of the primer, as we kept it super thin (Shelly was dark blue when we got her...actually I thought of Shelly as a "boy" trailer, she was all kind of Hell's Angels looking, so now she must be transgendered.)
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