1972 Compact Jr - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-23-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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This my first post and my first fiberglass trailer. This what the out side looks like after days of wet sanding and 3 coats of finish. I will post more pictures following this one

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This is the front side of trailer

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This is a picture of the inside of our trailer

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Old 06-23-2008, 09:58 PM   #2
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Good job. I love the wainscot
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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I love the paint job. It looks great!
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:02 PM   #4
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Nice work Rick! Was the original fiberglass color light blue?

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Old 06-23-2008, 11:23 PM   #5
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Nice work Rick! Was the original fiberglass color light blue?

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That is the orginal gelcoat, I will be posting before pictures soon and some more pictures of the inside.
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:28 PM   #6
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Here are some more pictures of the inside. Tom, its your pictures that gave me some ideas
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:14 AM   #7
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I am almost at the decision to repaint my Compact Jr. or leave it alone. Please tell me the type of paint you used. In a more recent post, a paint called Interlux was used. Do you have any suggestions after you painted yours?

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Old 09-18-2008, 09:41 PM   #8
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I am almost at the decision to repaint my Compact Jr. or leave it alone. Please tell me the type of paint you used. In a more recent post, a paint called Interlux was used. Do you have any suggestions after you painted yours?

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That is the original gel coat. I was at the same decision, what to paint it with. The trailer finish was in bad condition, in fact the trailer looked almost gray in some areas. I went to find some Interlux paint at a local marine shop and they didn't have the color I wanted. I was going to order some paint and decided to start wet sanding the outside. As I was sanding the color got better and better and decided not to paint it yet. The finish still had a dull look to it so I put a coat of liquid floor finish in a test area and I was suprized how it bounced back. The pictures show it with 3 coats of floor finish. Many people think I painted it. Just a quick note, this floor finish is a professional product that is made to stand up against heavy foot traffic and since I wasn't going to walk on the trailer I thought it was worth a try. The trailer has been outside all summer and still looks great. I got the idea from the liquid finishes used on other trailers and boats. Their make up is almost the same as the floor finish. I still want to recoat with some more finish then a coat of wax for added protection. I hope this helps. From my experance I would get the inside ready and even if the windows aren't leaking, mine were, I would remove them clean them up and reinstall them. This is a very easy job and whether you paint or wet sand the job will turn out better and you know your windows will not leak.
Good Luck, take your time and keep asking questions
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Hey Rick,
GREAT pics there, it looks like your work has turned out GREAT! The trailer's color is pretty cool too. I think I can relate to some of the other members wondering if it was painted or not though, as I've only ever seen a Hunter product in blue that was a light powdery blue. Your blue is WAY more attractive! hehe
I'm curious though, in the middle of your original three pics, where you can just barely see the canvas boot around the pop top, it looks like the Compact Jr logo is stenciled on the boot or something, is that the case? the little glimpse of it that is in the pic looks interesting, I'm just wondering if it came that way, or did you do that, or what? Would love to see more pics of it.
You've also got me thinking of more work I should be doing on my rig, like pulling out the windows and resealing, before they DO decide to leak...hehe
Anyway, looking great Rick, keep up the good work, and keep sharing your project results with all of us fellow curious FGRV folks! hehe
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:51 AM   #10
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Rick,
Thank you very much, and agree with Joseph. Nice blue color on your trailer. What grit wet/dry sandpaper do you recommend. I can give it a try and see what happens. There are spots that look like the paint is sun bleached out on the roof area. I won't know until I try a test area with sand paper.

As of today, I have all the windows, and accessories taken off, a couple more screws, and then the floor bolts. I will leave the bolts for last until I decide how, where, when, or if I will paint. :-)

I am a newbie with fiberglass trailers, but is the Interlux paint what everyone recommends around the forum? Will auto body paint work well on fiberglass?

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Thank you very much, and agree with Joseph. Nice blue color on your trailer. What grit wet/dry sandpaper do you recommend. I can give it a try and see what happens. There are spots that look like the paint is sun bleached out on the roof area. I won't know until I try a test area with sand paper.

As of today, I have all the windows, and accessories taken off, a couple more screws, and then the floor bolts. I will leave the bolts for last until I decide how, where, when, or if I will paint. :-)

I am a newbie with fiberglass trailers, but is the Interlux paint what everyone recommends around the forum? Will auto body paint work well on fiberglass?
I started with 220 and worked up to 600 3m sandpaper. I would recommend power washing the trailer first, if you have a power washer, this may remove some of "the bleach out areas". Your trailer doesn't look as bad as mine, so it may not take as long to wet sand. Then use a good product to bring back the shine. Let me know how you make out.
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Hey Rick,
GREAT pics there, it looks like your work has turned out GREAT! The trailer's color is pretty cool too. I think I can relate to some of the other members wondering if it was painted or not though, as I've only ever seen a Hunter product in blue that was a light powdery blue. Your blue is WAY more attractive! hehe
I'm curious though, in the middle of your original three pics, where you can just barely see the canvas boot around the pop top, it looks like the Compact Jr logo is stenciled on the boot or something, is that the case? the little glimpse of it that is in the pic looks interesting, I'm just wondering if it came that way, or did you do that, or what? Would love to see more pics of it.
You've also got me thinking of more work I should be doing on my rig, like pulling out the windows and resealing, before they DO decide to leak...hehe
Anyway, looking great Rick, keep up the good work, and keep sharing your project results with all of us fellow curious FGRV folks! hehe
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The paint before wet sanding looked like a very light power blue or even light gray. That blue color came out only after wet sanding and appling the finish.
The Compact Logo is one that I did on my computer. It is close to the orginal but when looked at side by side you can notice the difference. I printed the Logo on printable fabric and iron it on the the canvas top. I will e mail a pdf of the logo to anyone that wants it.
Thanks for the postive comments
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Here's a relief pic of the original Compact Jr. logo. I took this at the 2008 Oregon Gathering. Maybe someone will find it of use:
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that's the shot I need to do the art for new decals.
I'll get on it.
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