'87 Vactioneer- Fiberglas Siding

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byoungquist

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I have an? 29' '87 Vacationeer travel trailer with fiberglass siding.? The gel coat on the fiberglass has degraded to the point that the glass fibers have become exposed.? Is there a reasonable way to refinish the fiberglass, at least cosmetically?

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Bob
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Woody

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What has deteriorated is the gelcote that tops the fiberglas sheet. There are shops that can spray gelcote for a new finish (they do that with boats) but I suspect it will cost more than your trailer is worth.
You might also look into just having it painted.

Woody
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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If you are handy, you could smooth the degraded areas with regular auto body filler or maine epoxy filler and then get it painted. Even a paint job will be real expensive, so get some estimates first.  Like Wood, I suspect that re-doing the gel coat will be more than your 87 Vacationer is worth. You could check with some boat repair shops, though - they do that sort of thing.
 

byoungquist

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If I do nothing to the fiberglas, i.e., do not paint or re-gel coat; will the bare fiberglas eventually fall apart?
It's corrugated like aluminum.

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Bob
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Woody

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What you refer to as the bare fiberglas will not fall apart, it is held together with resin. Just and it smooth and apply a top coat, either paint or gelcote.

Woody
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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Ask at marine stores or check West Marine online.  There are a number of finishes designed for fiberglass boats and any of them would do nicel.  Several years ago only a two part epoxy paint woud do, but now they have paints that will cling well to fiberglass without mixing a two part concoction.  They are still a bit tricky to work with though - they are not as easy to use as household paints, either oil or latex.
 

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