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Old 07-26-2021, 11:56 AM   #1
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Hello, my name is Doug and we, my wife and I, just acquired a 1972 Trail Mite. It will be our winter project to try and restore it. Glad to find this community.
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Old 07-27-2021, 01:11 AM   #2
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Welcome to the group, and congratulations on your trailer.
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Old 07-28-2021, 09:40 AM   #3
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Would like info to remove paint from exterior of our Trail Mite.Thank You.Doulu
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Old 07-29-2021, 07:04 AM   #4
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Welcome, Doug!

People typically paint after the gelcoat becomes weathered and chalky. At that point it’s quite porous, so paint will hide in all those nooks and crannies. You may even have a fiberglass repair hiding under the paint. You’ll never get back to the original shiny fiberglass gelcoat, so think in terms of prepping for a fresh coat of paint.

Once painted, always painted.

For an original look choose color(s) that approximate the original gelcoat, often white or white over another color White on top reduces heat gain significantly in the summer. You can probably find pictures of other Trail Mites in old threads and archived classified ads. The “site search/google” tool at the bottom of the search menu is the best way to find them.

Congratulations and best wishes with your restoration! Hope you’ll post lots of pictures. How about starting with the “before” shots?
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Old 07-29-2021, 09:36 AM   #5
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Thanks Jon for advice.We are excited to get started. It will be put in shop to be worked on this fall and winter. We will post pictures at some future date. Still gathering info and deciding what to start on first. Doug and Lucy
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Old 07-29-2021, 11:13 AM   #6
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Doug, I would recommend that you start from the outside and work your way in. The first thing to check would be the axle and suspension for any parts that need replacing. While you're under there, do a thorough check of the frame. Assuming all is well, then check all windows and extrusions. If they are glopped over with Silicon, then you will probably want to remove and reseal them properly. If you remove the windows, consider replacing all the rubber parts if they are original or hardened and damaged. Assuming you are going to repaint the trailer, removing all the windows and extrusions would be best before painting. Once the outside is buttoned up and good, then you can start on the inside.
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Hello, my name is Doug and we, my wife and I, just acquired a 1972 Trail Mite. It will be our winter project to try and restore it. Glad to find this community.
First Welcome to the group:

How big is your trail mite? Get some pictures we all like to share.
Don't forget to check out the tires they maybe old and cracked or wrong type. They were first purchase item on our list when we got our toy.
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Old 08-01-2021, 10:07 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies. What a nice welcome. Will post pictures when I figure out how to do it. Still learning to navigate the site. Doulu (Doug and Lucy)
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