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Old 01-30-2019, 01:08 PM   #1
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What type of paint to paint on fiberglass camper?

Hello to all Fiberglass Camper owner, I have this Scamp camper that have alot of scratches and faded old gel coat, that need a good paint job. The top of the camper is very faded and some crack here and there. I fill the small crack with marine Tex putty. Now I want to paint the whole camper, but I don't want to spent a lot of money on paint that is out of my budget. I have look up some fiberglass marine paint, but they are very expensive to do the whole camper. I thought of buying "Rustoleum" enamel oil-base to paint the camper? I google "what is a good paint to paint on fiberglass and it give me "oil-base" paint. Anyone have any advice or have paint their camper ? Thank you.
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Old 01-30-2019, 01:23 PM   #2
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I find a good scrub and polish can do wonders to a weathered FG trailer. Mine is 42 years old, polished it last fall. When you paint one, you are signing up for repainting it again and again. As far as cost, the polish I used cost about the same as one quart of paint.

As far as paint, its been discussed many times before. I do my searches via google, something like paint recommendations site:www.fiberglassrv.com

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Old 01-30-2019, 04:28 PM   #3
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Hello ,Bill -That is a very nice looking camper for a 42 yrs. old. Very nice polish and shine. I will try to figure out what to do with the painting. Thank you for the advice- Bill
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I went with Interlux Brightside on our '79 Boler. I couldn't be happier with the outcome. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-31-2019, 01:16 PM   #5
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I had my boat professionally painted 17 years ago with an Interlux two-part Polyurethane Marine paint over a high build primer. Other than “dock rash” the boat still looks great, nice and shiny with no fading, and with no waxing. Both one part poly like Brightside and two part poly like Perfection can be carefully applied by owners with good results. There are many brands, but Interlux who is now owned by Sikkens I believe, is probably the most popular with DIYers. DuPont Imron and Awlgrip are other popular coatings. But I agree that if you can salvage the original gel coat with polish, it’s a lot less expensive and sort of befits a classic trailer. Just depends on the condition and the depth of your bank account. Good Luck!
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Old 01-31-2019, 01:37 PM   #6
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I also have a 42 yo trailer. I'm looking to clean & polish the FG exterior. The gel coat is dull & 'dusty.' What do you use to clean & polish your trailer?
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:07 PM   #7
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I would use the ZEP (Lowe's) heavy duty floor wax stripper with the cleaning pad to strip off all the dirt, old wax, and all else, down to the fiber glass. You may have to use a 600 wet sand paper to take out some rough spots. This process will give you a clean dull white look. Wash all the residue off with the ZEP dirt and grease removal product designed for that and then use the ZEP heavy duty floor wax. Six coats will have that thing shining like it's a brand new trailer. This worked very nicely on my Casita.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:27 PM   #8
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On this same subject, a question

I would like to have an artist friend paint a logo on my trailer. Would acrylic paint work? I could also have her art work applied as a vinyl wrap in a small area. Any thoughts?
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You MAY be able to salvage the exterior with cleaning and polishing, depending on its condition and your determination, although it likely will require a repeat performance on a regular basis.
If you decide to repaint and intend t keep your unit I recommend you don't "cheap-out" on the paint.
Prep for painting is 90% of the work involved. You don't want to repeat that process because you used cheap paint!
Good paint more than pays for itself over time. It will last and it will look good.
Do it once, do it right and be done with it.
Unless you know what you're doing, hire an experienced spray painter to paint it in a paint booth. The quality of the application always shows who laid the paint.
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Decal instead of painted logo

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Old 02-06-2019, 12:16 PM   #11
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Hello to all Fiberglass Camper owner, I have this Scamp camper that have alot of scratches and faded old gel coat, that need a good paint job. The top of the camper is very faded and some crack here and there. I fill the small crack with marine Tex putty. Now I want to paint the whole camper, but I don't want to spent a lot of money on paint that is out of my budget. I have look up some fiberglass marine paint, but they are very expensive to do the whole camper. I thought of buying "Rustoleum" enamel oil-base to paint the camper? I google "what is a good paint to paint on fiberglass and it give me "oil-base" paint. Anyone have any advice or have paint their camper ? Thank you.

Others have said it - once you start with paint you'll be using it thereafter. IMHO, that's a formula for more work and expense than you may ultimately be willing to bargain for. There is a simpler solution that starts with understanding what you are dealing with. Here's an excellent primer by a guy who knows what he's talking about:

Gel coat on most FG campers is sufficiently thick to withstand multiple power tool polishing sessions. I purchased a quality random orbital sander to significantly cut the labor time. Regardless, polishing will take time but the results will be impressive.

Remember that in painting the amount of prep work will pretty much dictate the final outcome. The time needed to do a really good prep job will likely be a big percentage of the time it would take to do a power tool polish job.

I had the best results using a foam polishing pad on my 6" random orbital sander with Meguiar's Ultimate Compound, a product that quickly produced visibly superior results that I got using other rubbing/polishing compounds. To keep the compound working well I used a spray bottle of water with a little dish washing liquid in it to keep the camper surface damp while polishing. That method helped speed up the entire process. The oxidation comes off rapidly. The Meguiar's compound breaks down into finer and finer polishing particles as you use it which makes getting to a uniformly shiny finish much quicker and easier than having to progressively go to finer grades of wet sanding disks.


An upshot of using this method (and helping to justify the purchase of the RO sander) is it doubles as a perfect system for keeping the tow vehicles and cars looking beautiful as well.

Here's an excellent thread that addresses how to bring back the shiny look to your weathered shell without jeopardizing it's "future."


How do I clean, polish, wax, paint, and/or gelcoat?

Hope this helps...
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I would like to have an artist friend paint a logo on my trailer. Would acrylic paint work? I could also have her art work applied as a vinyl wrap in a small area. Any thoughts?
Jean
Our method for one color over paint is a vinyl die-cut, which is a bit of a misnomer, as the vinyl is cut on a special plotter. Cheaper than a wrap, and almost any sign company can design and make it, and also install if you desire.

They can be done as multiple colors as well, as long as the colors don't need to be fades or gradient changes.
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Paint or wax

Two part epoxy is the way to go if you are going to paint. I recommend professional application as applying it can be tricky oh, and you have a limited window to a apply it before it starts curing on you.

Before I did that I would try to use a abrasive cleaner and then a good wax. My boat yard shared with me how they bring old faded Joker back to life. The use Aqua buff 1000 or Aqua buff 2000 water based cleaner applied with a wool Bonnet on a circular buffer, spritzing water on the surface to keep the cleaner workable. Remove the cleaner with a terry cloth bonnet and then apply 3M high performance marine wax with a rag and either wipe off the towel or buff off with Terry bonnet. I have achieved fantastic results with this system. It is important to note that you need to wash your vehicle with a soap that will not strip the wax off. I recommend orpine car / boat wash
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:35 PM   #14
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Hello to all Fiberglass Camper owner, I have this Scamp camper that have alot of scratches and faded old gel coat, that need a good paint job. The top of the camper is very faded and some crack here and there. I fill the small crack with marine Tex putty. Now I want to paint the whole camper, but I don't want to spent a lot of money on paint that is out of my budget. I have look up some fiberglass marine paint, but they are very expensive to do the whole camper. I thought of buying "Rustoleum" enamel oil-base to paint the camper? I google "what is a good paint to paint on fiberglass and it give me "oil-base" paint. Anyone have any advice or have paint their camper ? Thank you.
If you choose to paint then any two part paint system will work. Yes, it is not cheap but as users will confirm it lasts if applied properly. Stay away from anything else. It is harder later to try and remove the cheap stuff and
when ready to sell your glass trailer it will reduce the selling price.
A good buff , more work, will work well but a lot of effort and it does not get rid of the deep scratches. I would bite the bullet and get a good two part paint job.
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