Exterior Paint Jobs - Fiberglass RV

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Old 03-10-2006, 03:53 PM   #1
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I think I want to get our Scamp painted. I'm interested to hear other peoples experiences. Was it a DIY project? Did you go to a local paint shop? What did it cost?

Also, I'd love to see pictures and hear ideas for some nice paint jobs. I'm kind've partial to a two-tone paint job. Maybe something like this:


Thanks in advance for any input.


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Old 03-10-2006, 08:35 PM   #2
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I'm in starting to think about getting the Trill painted. I called Maaco Auto body paint shop. I think it's at least a west coast chain. One of their locations (Tacoma) has a large enough paint booth to do the TRill. They do alot of big rigs that are fiberglass so they do have experience. A really ball park estimate I got over the phone was in the $900 neighborhood. That included two colors and a clear coat. I am thinking something like this....

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Old 04-12-2006, 02:18 AM   #3
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A technical high-school or career college might offer very reasonable rates. They usually charge you for the cost of supplies, but not the labour.
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:45 PM   #4
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If you click on the link that says "Search" at the top of the page you will be able to search old posts on this subject. Just enter a keyword like "paint" and you will get a lists of previous posts.

The red and white Coleman Cooler/Coca Cola Boler reminds me of Gina D's Buro. She painted hers herself - with sanding priming help from friends.
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Old 04-12-2006, 09:58 PM   #5
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Some kid told me mine looked like a Coleman cooler.. (Little rat!)

Anyway, the Coke a Cola one looks better.. it no doubt went to shop.

Mine was done with PPG paint, after MUCH prep work and elbow grease. I had to make up for things that the pro job wouldn't do, like the glossy finish, so I went the opposite and used a textured roller. It's still a gloss paint, but it isn't mirror finsih, and it looks like it's sposed to be that way.. as it is.

I STILL have not done the finishing touch ups.. almost a year later

The paint also should be clear coated, it is already chipped in front from road goo.
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Old 04-13-2006, 08:16 AM   #6
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Old 04-13-2006, 08:36 AM   #7
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I painted the exteriors of both the Boler and the PlayPac (photos in the link in my sig). With the Boler, I used a roller. For the PlayPac I went with rattle-cans (not as pricy as you might think). Both were MUCH cheaper than taking it in for a pro job, but the quality would have been less as well. To really guage that you'd have to compare different paint jobs in person though. Photos aren't gonna do a good enough job.

In brief: The rattle cans gives you a much smoother finish. This can be REALLY enhanced by giving the whole thing a high gloss top coat (didn't do that with the trailers - but I DID do it with a set of fiberglass saddlebags I have on my bike). The roller leaves a bit of a texture behind. The rolled on paint was much thicker as well. Upside of this was that the rolled paint does a better job of covering any imperfections in the body of the trailer than the spray will.

I haven't tried it - but I've heard some report very good results (ultra-ultra smooth and glossy) with polyurethane paints (for glass boats).

I'm a real sucker for the two-tone look myself (which is obvious if you look at the photos).

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Old 04-13-2006, 10:39 PM   #8
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I cheated a bit on our 13' Boler and shot the lower part with a litre of red Tremclad in a gun....it`s a 50/50 paint job ...not too bad at 50yds or 50 mph......I can also touch up the stone chips with a Tremclad red spray bomb......it`s in our web shots site.....Benny

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