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Old 03-27-2014, 09:51 PM   #1
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Fiberglass/paint advice



I have a 1996 36' Winnebago Vectra Grand Tour with a Ford 460 7.5 L.

It is white with two tone gold along the cargo hatches and across the front and rear ends of the coach. I am going to repaint the two tone. Its faded and to far gone for a buffing wheel to bring it back. I buffed, waxed, and sealed the white/fiberglass portion of the coach and am unhappy with the results. There is little sheen left in her.

What are my options with fiberglass? New Gelcoat? Paint? Also I have a couple small puckers in the fiberglass from minimal water damage that has since been repaired. How do I deal with the puckers?

Thanks for all your help!
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Howdy Broadsword.

If you are up for repainting, I'd like to recommend the materials we use on our 1952 Chris Craft 47' boat. The hull is pained white, and prep work is not unlike fiberglass: clean, sand, fill, sand, prime, sand, paint, sand , paint. Seems odd, but these materials work equally well on aged fiberglass and last a long time with great appearance.

The products we use are Interlux Bright Side Polyurethane and related Interlux products. The manufacturer's instructions are easy to follow, and with some patience and practice, you can get professional results.

Attached is a picture of our "floating RV" (yes, that is a wooden hull). I use Interlux materials exclusively, and they can provide great results. Other manufacturer's stuff works equally well. Check out boat forums for additional information.

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Old 03-28-2014, 12:13 AM   #3
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Before you spend the money on painting have a look at the Zep treatment I have a 95 Brave and it looks brand new now here are a few pics

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I went half way to really show the results I have done many many coaches now and have always had great results. As for the painted section you will probably have to bite the bullet
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Before you spend the money on painting have a look at the Zep treatment I have a 95 Brave and it looks brand new now here are a few pics

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I went half way to really show the results I have done many many coaches now and have always had great results. As for the painted section you will probably have to bite the bullet
How do you prep for Zep?
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426sMartin do a "search This forum" for Zep,, I did my fiberglass roof last year and plan to do the rest of the coach this year.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:19 AM   #6
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Polyglow worked really good for my 14 year old motorhome and unlike Zep it has UV inhibitors

The kit comes with cleaner, Polyglow and applicators
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Check it out on utube as well.
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........Attached is a picture of our "floating RV" (yes, that is a wooden hull). ........Erich
Erich......, that's a beauty, and I know full well what a labor of love a wooden hull is! How often for the full hull? In water year-round? Salt or fresh?
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Howdy Broadsword.

If you are up for repainting, I'd like to recommend the materials we use on our 1952 Chris Craft 47' boat. The hull is pained white, and prep work is not unlike fiberglass: clean, sand, fill, sand, prime, sand, paint, sand , paint. Seems odd, but these materials work equally well on aged fiberglass and last a long time with great appearance.

The products we use are Interlux Bright Side Polyurethane and related Interlux products. The manufacturer's instructions are easy to follow, and with some patience and practice, you can get professional results.

Attached is a picture of our "floating RV" (yes, that is a wooden hull). I use Interlux materials exclusively, and they can provide great results. Other manufacturer's stuff works equally well. Check out boat forums for additional information.

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WOW! She is a beauty
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JFXG:

MV Tres Hombres (the name of our Chris Craft) is home ported on Salmon Bay, Lake WA, just inside the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, so she spends most of the time in fresh water in a covered slip and is in the water year round. We haul out every 4 years for inspection and bottom paint, plus other maintenance. During summers, we spend at least 8 weeks on salt water in Puget Sound and points north and south. We like to have at least 2 weeks in San Juan Islands, and 2 weeks further north in Canadian Gulf Islands.

We wooded, refastened, and faired the topsides in 2002. Since then, we've scuff sanded and added 2 coats of 1 part polyurethane enamel in 2006 and power buffed/touched up in 2010. We're due to haul out this year, and will scuff sand and add 1 coat. Properly maintained, the paint system we use seems to have great durability.

Thanks for the kind words.

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WOW!! The info in your IRV2 name indicates you are on Marrowstone Island near Mystery Bay. We've been in there before on MV Tres Hombres, and that is a GREAT place on by boat or on land. Can be a little damp this time of year! If this is your first visit to that area, be sure to check out Port Townsend. We've been there many times afoot and afloat and love it.

Apologies for the off-topic post in this thread!!!!
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Before you spend the money on painting have a look at the Zep treatment I have a 95 Brave and it looks brand new now here are a few pics

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I went half way to really show the results I have done many many coaches now and have always had great results. As for the painted section you will probably have to bite the bullet
Is it an oily application? I ask because One of the areas we dry camp takes us down a long lime rock road. Not that it would stop me from using the product. Just wondering if dust sticks. I will absolutely try this before painting.
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Is it an oily application? I ask because One of the areas we dry camp takes us down a long lime rock road. Not that it would stop me from using the product. Just wondering if dust sticks. I will absolutely try this before painting.
No, it is hard like clear coat.
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I checked it out. I gotta try it! The two tone pain on the bottom will be interesting to see what happens to it. The cargo door hatches are metal. So I'm thinking I will still end up painting it. Which is a lot better than doing the entire coach. I can shoot paint with the best of em so I am not worried. Thanks!
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