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grimjed 06-23-2016 08:04 AM

Our "cracked" egg reborn
I have a Bonair Oxygen 2002... or so I thought. After doing some restoration work on it I discovered that we have #15 written in pen under one of the front benches along with some other printed Bonair information.

I completed interior restorations late last year and noticed that the clear coat on the outside was peeling from the top of the trailer. This past winter the problem got much worse as water worked it's way under the clear coat. I took the trailer into a marine paint shop and asked for some advise. The guy I took it to has 30 years experience working with fiberglass boats doing repairs and painting. He asked if he could sand off the top layers to take a look at what is underneath. I said, "it can't get any worse." What we discovered was a layer of clear coat, a layer of paint, a layer of muddy yellow primer, and then the original gelcoat.

So, it turns out we have one of the original "repaired" Oxygens that suffered from the infamous delamination problem. Great! A 2001 model.

I was advised that all the clear coat, paint and primer should be sanded off to do a proper repair. I decided to take on this part of the job to cut costs.

After 90 hours of sanding all clear coat, paint and primer was removed and the original gelcoat was exposed. It was easy to see where the trailer had fiberglass replaced. It was a small 1 foot by 6 inch section right at the front nose of the trailer above the seam. Running my hand over the area, it was flatter than the rest of the curved trailer but not visibly noticeable.

The fiberglass has been thoroughly examined and everything is sound. The fiberglass guy said that possibly the paint was allowed to cure before the clear coat was applied. There was no chemical bond between layers and that is why years later the clear coat was lifting off.

I have added a photo below of the "egg reborn." All caulking has been removed and a marine grade primer coat has been applied. As I get more photos I'll add them.

Borden 06-23-2016 11:10 AM

looks very nice

k corbin 06-23-2016 11:34 AM

Your labor of love is really going to pay big returns with that new paint job.

Evergreengirl 06-23-2016 06:39 PM

Wow! It's going to be beautiful when all the work is completed!

EllPea in CA 06-23-2016 08:02 PM

I really haven't seen many photos of these. That is an awesome shape! I hope you'll post photos of the interior.

grimjed 06-24-2016 04:51 AM

Pictures of the interior

EllPea in CA 06-24-2016 07:43 AM

Love it! How *much* did you redo? I'm guessing fabrics, etc. Floors? Cabinets? Is that *marine* style door on the bathroom original? It's awesome.

How long is this trailer, and how much does it weigh?

And I also love the adjustable table height. That could make me re-think the plan to get rid of annoying pedestal table.

Zennifer 06-24-2016 08:29 AM

Very nice! I like your color choices a lot. :)

grimjed 06-24-2016 08:53 AM

Thank you.

To answer your questions:

Interior sanded and repainted.
All new foam cushions (thicker) and new fabrics (Sunbrella).
New curtains (Sunbrella) and rods.
Floor replaced.
Flexible baseboard molding installed.
Cabinet hardware.
Hydraulic table pedestal installed.
New butcher block counter-top (made larger than original).
Bathroom door is custom. Made from mahogany with a lot of help from a good friend who works extensively with wood.
Electronics updated/replaced.
New tap.
Front of fridge refinished.
New clothing hooks added.
New cargo netting added.
LED lighting throughout.
Rear cargo area modified for better storage.

Total length - 19 ft
Interior length - 16.5 ft
Dry weight - 2000 lbs
Fully loaded weight - 2800 lbs (estimated)
Tongue weight (dry) - 190 lbs
Tongue weight (loaded) - 270 lbs (estimated)

Donna D. 06-24-2016 09:01 AM

Paul, Frederick has the weights for an Oxygen in the thread. See item #41

k corbin 06-26-2016 07:34 PM

Ship shape for sure :)
It is the first egger I have ever totally drooled over, I want it real bad... :D

Gilda 06-27-2016 09:29 AM


grimjed 07-07-2016 03:03 PM

Nearly done
Just selecting a new pinstripe and have to wait for new caulking to be applied. Should be ready to pickup in a few days.

stevebaz 07-07-2016 03:11 PM

Very nice job! I have never seen one, I really like the layout.

grimjed 07-08-2016 10:55 AM

Trailer complete
Looking forward to picking it up.

Roger Kimble 07-09-2016 06:45 AM

Very nice!

DonnaMarie 07-09-2016 09:10 AM

Beauuuutiful!! A true labor of love that you'll enjoy for a very long time!!

grimjed 07-10-2016 09:56 AM

A few more work in progress pictures
The paint job on our trailer was completed by Kim Anderson, owner of Dockside Marine located in Waterdown, Ontario. Kim has 30 years experience working with fiberglass.

Comments from Kim: All the masking done in preparation for caulking. This is the second time the entire trailer gets masked. It's all in the details.

Blue stripe completed:

antonius R. 04-01-2017 10:54 AM

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Hi Grimjed,

Wow, this is a great paintjob!

I have a 2001 oxygen which appears to have all original exterior. No delamination, just a few spyder web at some spots.
I want to have it repainted like yours. Are you satisfied with the job? How much did it cost with Dockside Marine knowing you did 90 hours of sanding yourself? Cheers from MontrealAttachment 104543Attachment 104544Attachment 104544Attachment 104545

antonius R. 04-01-2017 01:32 PM

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