Rucio's Winter Makeover - Page 5 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-07-2012, 10:14 PM   #57
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We look forward to seeing it again in May.? Mine will look the same most likely but I imagine I may not recognize the Burro/show stopper.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:04 PM   #58
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Hi Jen, you are doing a fabulous makeover of your trailer. On your paint are you doing a solid color or 2 tone. Also on the insulation on the ceiling how much space did you fill in, how much gab was there between the liner and the roof. This is a great thread
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:08 AM   #59
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What Mike said a few posts up about working on fiberglass is the truth.

Ken, paint job will be one color outside (silver) and one inside (the creamy white used on Smart cars). Inside paint is a one-stage paint, and outside silver will be a paint + clear coat situation.

As for the spaces between the walls, in some places they are bumping right up against one another and in others there's an inch or so of clearance between them. Right above the kitchenette area there is quite a lot of air space.

Hardest parts to get are the rear "corners" because there was no access from the rear window opening, in which the two walls are fused or nearly-fused all the way around the opening.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:55 PM   #60
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It's primer time! Finally!

All the spray foam goop has been sanded away following the adventure two weekends ago with the Great Stuff. (ok, ummmm, it turns out that we missed one or two spots, discovered as the first primer coat dried....) Today we put on the first primer coat, using PPG stuff that has us mixing the primer, a reducer, and a hardener. That's getting sprayed on with a usual compressor-powered sprayer.

Overall, a relatively easy process. I mean, those couple of spots where the primer made run marks? They'll sand right off!

Before hitting the trailer with the super-fancy primer, we've been using a regular auto parts store spray primer to cover all the areas where we've done Bondo work. This has the added benefit of showing us where there are still rough spots in need of more sanding.

Interestingly, as the real/fancy primer went on, a bunch of little pinholes in the body became visible. We're not sure how we didn't see these before, even with the other primer sprayed on them. The pinholes are concentrated on the curbside front corner and in a couple of spots on the roof. I am figuring this is gelcoat damage due to road grit and sun and whatever. The plan is to sand down those areas again tomorrow morning and brush on some fiberglass resin to fill the tiny dings. They are tiny, but still too big for the primer to fill. This will add a step in the sanding/prep process that we hadn't anticipated, but we definitely don't want to leave them in place.

I have a few photos coming up, but the uploader is fighting me for some reason. I'll try on the next post.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:17 PM   #61
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Photos: how Rucio looked this morning, the spraying in progress, and the completed first primer coat. We'll do another coat next weekend and see how it looks at that point. If adequate, then it's off to the body shop for the actual paint job.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:26 PM   #62
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OH! And guess what else is on the way! My spare tire cover from Threads to Treads has been finished and Sparklene sent me some preview photos. It looks great, and I can't wait to see it in person.

The thing I really like about these guys is that they sew on their graphics rather than screen print or whatever, so the covers are super durable. This also means expensive, but my mom got me this as a christmas present and she wanted something fancy to decorate Rucio's butt.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:41 PM   #63
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Nice progress Jen (& Dad)!
if you haven't already got to the pinholes, here's my thought.
i wouldn't use the fiberglass resin. You don't want to use something to fill the holes with that's harder then the primer- and it is. Thre's a polyester filler that's just like bondo but very smooth. It's used for imperfections right before the sealer before the paint. I have some but it's out in my shop and it's a Louisianaraining right now. It's made by Evercoat and there's probably other brands, too. Available at the same place you buy your paint. Easily sandable and 2-part, it won't shrink on you after you paint.

Also, you don't have to seal it for small holes, it just seems like everybody uses sealer these days.
Most primers are primer/sealers. If you reduce it a little more it becomes a sealer. If your silver is a metalic silver, sealing right before painting is a good idea.
Also, if you are painting it where it is (on the concrete), wet the floor and bolt a chain (or wire) to the frame. Let the chain lay in the water for an earth ground. It helps the metalic in the color lay right.
Even with the body being fiberglass, static elctricity will build up and cause "splotchy" or cloudy areas.
If your dad aleady knows this stuff, sorry. It may help others, though.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:34 PM   #64
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Looking great. That spare tire cover is a perfect fit.

I also found tons of little pin holes when I did my primer. I checked all over the web to find out how out body people fixed this. I was told to use drywall joint compound. I thought that was a little crazy since it's for interior walls, but they said you want something that is easy to sand off, without taking off the primmer. After you re-prime and get your finished coats on it will be completely sealed and is so small it will not pop off. I tried this technique and after one year everything is holding together fine. I'm sure you'll get lots of other idea's from the members.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:38 PM   #65
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Interesting info! - Thanks both of you Danny and Mike! Danny, I'm kind of glad to hear we aren't the only ones who had the pinhole discovery.

We were sorta thinking of sanding back down to gelcoat before re-sealing with the resin, but it sounds like this drywall compound or the evercoat stuff is an easier workaround.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:25 PM   #66
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I never heard the drywall thing! Not being chemically dried. I would be sure there's no moisture in it when I sealed it up.
I painted show cars for a living for 6 years and never had a problem with what I'm familiar with.
The drywall does sound easy peasy!
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:03 AM   #67
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Thanks for posting pics of your process, it's been fun to watch.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #68
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Next photos will be of a painted Burro...after a lot of sanding muscle we got the "orange peel" surface of the primer smoothed into a glassy finish, and it went over to the body shop today. Holy geez, that was a lot of work. I even ended up baptizing poor Rucio with blood, since during the all-day wet sanding fiesta I gave up on the rubber gloves which kept filling with water, and then sort of sanded through the skin on a couple of fingers. The smears on the side of the trailer were a little gross.

I'm way beyond excited to see what the paint job is going to look like.

And, still picking the Great Stuff foam off my coveralls.
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....and then sort of sanded through the skin on a couple of fingers. The smears on the side of the trailer were a little gross.
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And, still picking the Great Stuff foam off my coveralls.
It's a bit early to have pinstriping Jen. I wanna know if you had to get a haircut?

Looking forward to pictures!!!!!!
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:34 AM   #70
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Jen,

any updated pictures to show everyone on your new paint job there?

would like to see how it turned out? or how its coming along.

thanks,
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