Painting 81 13ft Scamp questions - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-01-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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Painting 81 13ft Scamp questions

Im starting to look for someone to paint our old Scamp, is there a certain process that has to be done when painting fiberglass? so i just dont let some idiot talk me into painting it the wrong way and wasting money, all im used to is the automotive type prep, can just a two stage process like primer,paint and clearcoat work? just looking for some advice, thanks

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Old 04-01-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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Most body shops have probably painted fiberglass cars. You would want to remove all the windows, vents and trim so the paint edges wouldn't fray later on. I'd bet you would have to get all traces of silicone caulk completly gone too. Nothing sticks to that stuff. You could research PPG's site or call them for info on compatible primers and top coats. They may be able to give you info on what sanding grit to use on the gelcoat too. Painting is expensive, but you could make your egg look way better than new. The trailer is a blank canvas!

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Old 04-01-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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I have just gone through this process with my Burro. My dad and I worked with a local body shop that was willing to do the painting. We did all the prep ourselves, including the primer. It was a ton of work, especially the endless hours of sanding, but made the actual painting process more affordable ($1500 for the body shop, which included painting the inside with a single-stage type paint, and a paint-plus-clearcoat metallic on the outside). It was just finished yesterday.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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When prepping the fiberglass Is done
I use a slick sand primer from Evercoat
It is meant to go over fiberglass and will hide any spider cracks that fiberglass tends to get
Than after a quick sand with 400 grit
I apply utech single stage paint
Comes in any Color you could dream of
and is priced
Very well

It's strong like plastics and shines forever
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