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Old 03-31-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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I have the Scamp that my grandfather assembled to take to the 1974 World's Fair. I am starting to take things apart and have a few questions.
1. I have the plastic interior with the taping. The interior is okay and I can re-tape it but has anyone had success painting it?
2. Do you really need the supports at the side that hold up the upper cupboards?
3. What is the biggest mistake made when trying to remodel a fiberglass trailer?
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Hi Jen, welcome to FiberglassRV. We're glad you're here

Way cool, you own a Scamp with some terrific family history. I'm sure you'll make a ton more memories with it.

Yes, folks have painted the ensolite. Is there something wrong with the insulation in your Scamp? Usually folks paint, because it's torn and they've had to patch it... then the color doesn't match. If yours is in good condition, a good cleaning may all it needs.

Yes, supporting the roof is always a good thing. If you don't like the look of the supports, we have suggestions. What's the look you're going for?

The biggest mistake? I'd have to say, folks jump in with both feet when the trailer doesn't need anything but a good cleanup. They spend money and time and effort, BUT don't use it. It's not about being perfect, just perfect for you.

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Old 04-01-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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Welcome Jen and I envy the history that has come with your Scamp. I would break down the work that needs to be done by making a list. You have to be careful not to let any project end up overwhelming you or you might start to not be so happy with the project. I have seen a lot of unfinished projects because the people burn out. If you really enjoy camping, try to do a minimum at a time so that you can actually enjoy the trailer.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:26 AM   #4
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IMHO - Number one priority is to make it safe. New tires, pack wheel bearings, check hitch and frame integrity, running lights working properly. Number two is make it dry inside and repair any water / structural damage. Number 3 is functionality - electrical, gas and water systems working properly.


Last - appearance, aesthetics, and convenience.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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Yes on the paint

I removed the tape on mine, used silicone to fill the gaps, smoothed everything out, cleaned the walls and painted. With the paint it is easy to wipe down, no moisture, and looks great.

I dislike the tape intensely, discolors and looks shabby.......I painted mine two years ago and never had an issue.

Good luck on the restoration.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:27 PM   #6
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Well I decided to caulk and paint and it looks great. I want to get the next coat on the fiberglass and then I'll have photos.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:52 PM   #7
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Well I decided to caulk and paint and it looks great. I want to get the next coat on the fiberglass and then I'll have photos.
Would love to see the pics.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:51 PM   #8
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It sounds like you are already painting the outside. If not, two topics to check out are:
1. Using ZEP wet look wax. It works miracles on old fiberglass and is 1853 times easier than painting.
2. If you gotta paint there is a lot of info on Google about the "Roll and Tip" technique for a smooth looking finish. And there are the neverending discussions between using Interlux Brightside Marine paint (the good stuff) that's $$$$$, vs. Everything else, but mostly Rustoleum Marine Paint., about $$ (easiest to buy on Amazon.com)

The "Bigest Mistake" I see is that owners get a project trailer all torn apart and don't have the skills, $$$ or interest to put it back together again. As a result, empty shell projects trailers are not uncommon in the for sale ads.

And... if you remove those supports between the counter and the upper cabinets you should expect to start seeing the upper cabinets getting closer to the counters after a few trips. In short, ya need em'.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for the advice. I have painted the ensolite and the fiberglass on the inside. The outside will be a project for another year. I come from a family of sailors so I did roll and tip my 'sailboat with wheels'. I didn't go for the $$$ paint (though we have used it with great success on a few hull projects) but did use Penetrol in the paint and it looks good. I would strongly recommend the Penetrol, I forgot it on one batch and could tell the difference.

The trailer was painted once before so I don't think I can restore the outside but if I save up maybe I can convince my husband to spray it next year...

As far as the supports, I am going to have to find something new to use because I have put a varnished wooden counter on top of the fiberglass one and the old support will be too long now. I am using brushed nickel hardware so I am thinking something in the bath department...
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:30 PM   #10
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.... I have put a varnished wooden counter on top of the fiberglass one and the old support will be too long now. I am using brushed nickel hardware so I am thinking something in the bath department...
I bet whatever you come up with will be totally cool! and you will post pictures, won't you
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:51 PM   #11
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I will try to take pictures tomorrow. I can't believe how much it has improved in the month I have been working on it!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #12
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Okay, here are some pictures. I have to add a little more caulk to a couple seams on the ensolite but I am happy with the results. I have to put the new curtain hangers in and the counter still needs the holes cut out to put the new stainless sink and the old (repainted) cook top in. I can't wait to get some more done soon.

I think with everyone's help here I know what to order to get the windows going again. And I still have to figure out what to support the upper cupboard with but I'll figure it out.

The doors and drawer fronts are matching light plywood like the counter and have yellow paint to hide the plys. I hope to put them in soon.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:10 PM   #13
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Cool pictures!! Jen, if you need rebuild info about the tilt out windows, see this great thread with part numbers, etc.: Window seals & hardware for 76 Scamp tilt out windows
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:39 AM   #14
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That looks great! I love the bench fabric. Please post a shot when you have the curtains up.
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