TravcoForum.com

Travco Classic Motorhome Support & Discussion Forum

Skip to content

Change font size

Board index » Exterior » Body, Paint Gelcoat specific

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby 77Travco on Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:52 pm

I will probably take the "Vette" approach too. :D
User avatar
77Travco
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 1146
Joined: Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:32 am
Location: Kerrville, Texas
Travco Model:

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby 69210 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:02 pm

If you are experienced in fiberglass repair & paint, then "yes," treat the exterior as would any fiberglass vehicle.

Fiberglass itself is definitely rigid enough.

Problem is that Dodge 'injected colors' into the fiberglass itself and used Gelcoat as a preservative.
Gelcoat cracks under wind, sun, cold, heat --all those outdoor things that a motorhome is subject to.

If the gelcoat was properly waxed from new and the Travco stored inside, or at least covered, the exterior crazing & cracking of the gelcoat is not so bad. Most, however, did not wax or care for their Travco exteriors properly and we current owners are faced with the resultant mess.

Acesneights wrote:I never messed with Gelcoat. I was gonna treat mine like a Vette and just spray it after I stripped it. The gelcoat doesn't seem to hold up to well on these. My 1970 was bought new by my dad and it was cracking by the late 70's. I don't think the fiberglass is rigid enough on these like it is on boats. I think paint will hold up better.
69210
New Member
New Member
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:40 am
Location: Ohio
Travco Model: 69210

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby Acesneights on Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:39 pm

Painting over the gelcoat before it cracks seems to preserve it as well.
1975 Travco 270
1974 Travco 220 Parts unit
User avatar
Acesneights
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 1755
Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:01 am
Location: North East Ct
Travco Model: 1975 270,1974 220

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby RobC on Thu May 01, 2014 12:43 pm

Best I can tell mine was painted maybe at the factory. The crazing and cracking is minimal and easy to fix (I have had a number of old boats and unfortunately I am now expert at gelcoat and fiberglass repair).

My coach sat outside so the paint got pretty dirty I washed it last night then hit it with white scotchbrite and 409 which worked to an extent but the paint has some deep down dirt I think I have to sand or buff out.

Any tips on how to clean up off-white paint without taking it all the way down?

I have heard white scotch brite and Barkeeps Friend works but will I have to buff it out after that?

It is going to get a new paint job for now I am only doing the strip and wait a year or so for the big paint job.
RobC
Senior Contributor
Senior Contributor
 
Posts: 239
Joined: Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:30 pm
Travco Model: 1976 270

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby RobC on Tue May 20, 2014 5:08 pm

update:

Barkeeps friend and white scotch brite is the ticket. Takes the deep stains right out and buffs it so it will take wax or that floor polish stuff. My rig was definitely painted and the PO tried to rattle-can white some of the repairs he did.

I need to try and match the off-white cream color for some repairs and just live with it. Next project on the exterior is a new stripe. I have enlisted my spouse to pick the color.

Got to go to the paint store and see if they can match a piece of the genny door that broke off.

Thought about a decal. Looks like the lower strip was originally a decal (the paint is all shiny and slick looking where the decal covered it for so many years. Anybody have any luck with decal application. price?

Rob
RobC
Senior Contributor
Senior Contributor
 
Posts: 239
Joined: Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:30 pm
Travco Model: 1976 270

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby Acesneights on Tue May 20, 2014 7:51 pm

The factory white finish is the color of the gelcoat. Travco did not paint them, only the stripes or reverse patterns. The gelcaot is an off white. If you have white paint, someone painted it.
Repairing the gelcoat on these is much more difficult. On a boat you can use a planer. These are too flimsy and uneven. It needs to be ground off with 36 grit on a 8inch mudhog. Not pretty. It cost me my elbows...
1975 Travco 270
1974 Travco 220 Parts unit
User avatar
Acesneights
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 1755
Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:01 am
Location: North East Ct
Travco Model: 1975 270,1974 220

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby Acesneights on Tue May 20, 2014 7:54 pm

RobC wrote:update:

Barkeeps friend and white scotch brite is the ticket. Takes the deep stains right out and buffs it so it will take wax or that floor polish stuff. My rig was definitely painted and the PO tried to rattle-can white some of the repairs he did.

I need to try and match the off-white cream color for some repairs and just live with it. Next project on the exterior is a new stripe. I have enlisted my spouse to pick the color.

Got to go to the paint store and see if they can match a piece of the genny door that broke off.

Thought about a decal. Looks like the lower strip was originally a decal (the paint is all shiny and slick looking where the decal covered it for so many years. Anybody have any luck with decal application. price?

Rob

I was thinking decal myself, realtree camo pattern. I talked with a Realtree vendor and they said the decals work excellent on fiberglass.
1975 Travco 270
1974 Travco 220 Parts unit
User avatar
Acesneights
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 1755
Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:01 am
Location: North East Ct
Travco Model: 1975 270,1974 220

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby 77Travco on Wed May 21, 2014 9:39 am

RobC, You need to post some pics !
User avatar
77Travco
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 1146
Joined: Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:32 am
Location: Kerrville, Texas
Travco Model:

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby RobC on Wed May 21, 2014 12:08 pm

I will post pics. My rig is so brutally ugly I am actually ashamed. I know you guys don't care but I have been reluctant. Now is the time though to show it in its completely stripped down state prior to rebuild. do have some lingering electrical questions that need to be explained via pics. Stay tuned.

Rob
RobC
Senior Contributor
Senior Contributor
 
Posts: 239
Joined: Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:30 pm
Travco Model: 1976 270

Re: Gel-coat repair

Unread postby Acesneights on Wed May 21, 2014 3:48 pm

Yeah once the gelcoat starts flaking off badly, there is really no alternative to stripping it. I tried a few different things on the parts junker I have to see if something else would work. I even tried spreading resin in the cracks. NG. I tried polyester filler, NG
1975 Travco 270
1974 Travco 220 Parts unit
User avatar
Acesneights
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 1755
Joined: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:01 am
Location: North East Ct
Travco Model: 1975 270,1974 220

PreviousNext

Return to Body, Paint Gelcoat specific

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest