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Old 08-07-2019, 11:50 PM   #1
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I'm picking up my new Scamp in Nov and intending to have the exterior painted at some point in the near future. White is so boring I'm looking for info on painting over the new gel coat. Everything I've found is about painting trailers with old gel coats. I don't want to do the work myself (and make a mess of it...) so who would I hire and what type of products should they be using? Thanks!
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White reflects heat. And, that's all I have to say about that.
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Old 08-08-2019, 07:53 AM   #3
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It’s common to paint the bottom only. That would preserve the reflective properties where it counts most.
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With a brand new trailer, you might look into a wrap instead of paint. I’ve seen some pretty cool results.

If you do go with paint, consider a layer of bedliner or similar chip-resistant coating on the lower front under the paint. A marine or auto shop that does fiberglass (think Corvettes) can advise about the best kind of paint. The thin fiberglass shell flexes quite a bit, so you need a paint that can flex with it.
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Instead of paint, which is a permanent change, how about some terrific decals to make your white trailer uniquely your own? Anything can be created, you just need an imagination. Easy enough to change when you get tired of it too. Just keep the trailer well waxed, otherwise you end up with 'ghosting' when the decals are removed.
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:42 AM   #5
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I like the "just the bottom half" look. A vinyl wrap is such a cool idea. It should protect the original paint. And we could change it later.
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How would that body wrap work out? I don't think is particularly inexpensive, but I don't think paint is either. It's not permanent and I guess you could change it every couple of years if your mood changes. Just a thought. Have fun
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I've always loved the red on bottom with white on top vintage look. I would like to make my Scamp look like that but was afraid to paint it. I never thought about wrapping it! I'm going to look into that!
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I like the "just the bottom half" look. A vinyl wrap is such a cool idea. It should protect the original paint. And we could change it later.
Just to be clear... There is no “original paint.” The outer layer of a molded fiberglass trailer is gelcoat, a thin cosmetic layer of tinted resin sprayed into the mold before the thicker structural layer of glass-infused resin. With regular waxing and covered storage it can last a long, long time. Its greatest enemy is UV exposure.
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:15 PM   #9
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Is the gel coat tinted white? I wasn't quite clear if there was paint over the gel coat or not so thanks for clarifying.
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:49 PM   #10
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Yes the gel coat is white. Actually depends on the manufacturers. Gel coat on my Trillium is a pale yellow.

The thing about gel coat is it can last pretty much forever. Once you paint over it, it becomes a routine job like painting a house. The gel coat on my Trillium is 42 years old and looking good. I did polish it last year. And it is stored in a carport.

A professional paint job is quite expensive. It’s like getting a car painted but it has a lot more surface to cover. Then you have the preparation, masking, etc.

Check at your favorite auto body/paint shop or a boat dealership. In my area, a professional job would be thousands of dollars. No doubt this is one reason people paint themselves. Think about painting around every opening, every rivet, etc. And then painting every rivet cap. If you just paint over the rivets cap and all, then replacing a rivet is going to disturb the paint job.

To me, the solution to a boring paint color is the use of accessories: cushion fabrics, paint interior cabinet doors, awning, outside chairs, tablecloth, whatever.

I found the fake wood/vinyl covered doors in my Trillium were disgusting. So I sealed them and painted them with cabinet paint. It really helped the interior.

Took this picture a couple of weeks ago. 42 years old and going strong!


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Old 08-08-2019, 05:27 PM   #11
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I bought my trailer because I LOVED the paint job.

However, as someone pointed out, ALL those little caps need to "keep their color" or it just detracts from the whole thing. Looks like the trailer has chicken pox.

I would say, go with the wrap, overall would be less expensive, and easier. If at some time you chose to replace, it is easy to do. With my trailer, would need to remove ALL the paint (remember those little caps?) which would end up adding to the cost.

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I'd spend the money on camping, food and drink. When you are inside the trailer, who cares what colour it is outside?
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Sounds like me, Glenn.

Even so, I’m not opposed to others who have the resources and desire to customize their trailers, to restore vintage vehicles, and in general do other “unnecessary” things that make the world interesting.

Besides, other than sleeping, who goes camping to spend much time inside the trailer?
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By all means, your money, your choice. Just don’t be shocked with the price of a professional paint job. A trailer that relies on rivets for construction is much harder.
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