Updated Graphics - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-08-2019, 09:39 AM   #1
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We bought our 1996 Bigfoot 1500 TT from its original owner in 2015. It replaced our beloved Scamp 13 which did not have a bathroom. Our 9 year old granddaughter was over using the porta potty and she actually spotted the Bigfoot for sale in the RV park where we were staying. She came back to us letting us know she had seen the for sale sign and that "it has a real bathroom in it". We bought it that night and have enjoyed it ever since!

The inside was in great shape but after 20 years of being outside, the fiberglass was dull and the graphics were cloudy and streaked. Cleaning and polishing restored the fiberglas but not the graphics - so we had them all removed leaving us with a blank canvas.

It has taken us a while to decide how to approach the new graphics. The Bigfoot factory referred us to Sunshine Autographics in British Columbia (sunshineautographics@gmail.com 250-549-3200). They have many of the digital templates for Bigfoot decals. Mark and Daryle there worked with us to identify a couple of the templates used on the 1500 that we wanted to replace. We can't say enough about how patient and helpful they were - sending designs, measurements and sample colors over a period of several weeks.

With their help we were able to settle on just the few designs we wanted and the exact colors. We purposely chose a more minimalist approach to adding back the decals and also chose blue as our primary color.

It only took a couple of days for them to ship the decals. We were able to do the installation ourselves over the course of two afternoons. We are really pleased with the results and want to share a couple of before and after pictures.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:28 PM   #2
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Very nice, clean look...

How did you remove the old original cracked and faded graphic?
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Old 06-09-2019, 11:31 AM   #3
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We had it done at the same time we had the entire coach polished and buffed. They used 400 and then 800 grit sandpaper to get them off. We had tried peeling and then heating but it took us over 2 hours to get off just a couple of letters. We then opted to let the professional do it. Once they had sanded everything off, they were able to buff and polish the fiberglass back to near original. It was a testament to the great quality glassing Bigfoot used in the original layup.

The original graphics were ghosted into the fiberglass so if you look carefully you can see them. However, the ghosting was useful to align the new graphics. Unless you get quite close, you can't see the ghosting. We now keep it polished about once a year.
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:45 PM   #4
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Very nice job.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:19 PM   #5
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Nice job, and thank you for the contact info.
Bigfoot has never be forthright when it comes too there decals.
Now we all have the source.
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:52 PM   #6
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Thanks!

Looks great Eleanor, thanks a lot for the contact information. What type of shop did the polishing and buffing (detail shop, marine service)?
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:45 PM   #7
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What a great share. Iíve been stumped by this very problem. About how much did this cost for the professional D-Calif & buffing work?
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