I had to start by sealing it for winter. That involved removing all the evil silicon caulk from around the windows
where it was doing what silicon caulk does, coming unstuck.
I then really cleaned the outside. Using a scrub brush, green pot scrubber pad and a pressure washer gently. That pot scrubber was mostly to get the silicon caulk cleaned off.
I recaulked with acrilic latex door and window caulk using a very tiny tip and "pushing" the caulk bead between window frame and body. I'm not sure if this is the "best" choice but the caulk came through the winter well and won't make pulling the windows
and redoing the putty a problem when I get around to it.
Then I was looking at a LOT of rivets and NO snap caps
. Hmmm I was just reading on this site about sealing the connections for trailer plug with Liquid electrical
tape. Liquid electral tape comes in white
. Stands up to weather but can be removed. Had a ureka moment.
I used a small art brush to just dab a little in the center and cover the head enough to seal the edges. No caulk bumps all over my trailer.
tape in white matched so well I used it for some stress cracks in the gel coat at a window corner to keep water from getting in the cracks and causing more damage by freezing. Still looks good this spring.
I purchased a 3M stripe remover at a local auto paint
store which made getting the old ratty three tree decals off easy. As in less than 15 minutes to cleanly remove all three. Cost $25 bucks but since I need to replace the stripes and Scamp lettering eventually I figure it was worth it.
I also purchased some of the same fiberglass
at scamp store at the auto paint
shop. Really fine grit since I'm not going to rub out 35 years of pitting without taking most of the gel coat off. Just a little polishing, seal and protect was my goal. Did get rid of some stubborn black run down stains that made it through my previous cleaning.
Did the polishing work by hand. I know enough to know I am not a professional at doing fiberglass
with a power buffing wheel. Not going to over-do-it with a soft rag and elbow grease.