We are in the process of purchasing a '77 beachcomber
. The interior has been mostly fixed up but the exterior is pretty sad looking. The front bottom 1/3 was damaged by kicked up gravel and repaired long ago. The repair is solid but pretty rough. The paint
is peeling in a couple of spots (I don't believe fiberglass peels so this means it was repainted at some time, right?), the window caulk is dirty and looks a little dried out but no cracks and where the two halves of the shell come together, the gasket rubber is old, dried out and some of it is missing. The camper is currently white but where the paint
peeled I can see darker tan/brown.
We had a auto-body shop look at it. They said the fiberglass looks solid all over with no weak spots and gave an estimate of 2K to make it pretty once again: sand/fix up the old rough repair, remove and replace the old caulk and gaskets and finally sand, prime and repaint the exterior (probably two toned: green on bottom, white on top).
Are there any cautions or comments about having an auto-body shop do this work? Does $2K sound reasonable? I'm worried about the paint
job and it's durability. And I'm also wondering about if we need to do any repairs or modifications and have to try and match colors.
As well I'm thinking about the front where it's likely to be hit and damaged once again by gravel kicked up from the road. Would it make sense to have some other kind of product applied there? I'm worried that we'll get that part fixed just for it to be messed up again.
I will asked the guy at the auto-body shop but I thought it would be helpful to get advice & guidance from all you experienced folks here.
Thanks a million,