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Old 08-31-2016, 05:08 PM   #51
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I will be having the trailer professionally painted at the same place that did the Uhaul. They use the same paint used on airplane - very shiny and tough.
That sounds promising. Although gelcoat finish was used for many years for sailplanes (the type of aircraft most commonly built of fiberglass), composite construction has become more common, and composite aircraft are now routinely painted. Even aircraft with factory gelcoat finish are routinely painted when they need refinishing.

There are multiple types and brands of paint used on aircraft, but there is lots of information from paint manufacturers and aircraft industry sources describing very clearly what products are suitable for fiberglass (normally referred to as "composite" in aircraft), and how to use them. Aircraft wings can flex a lot (especially the long-wingspan sailplanes that have been composite for decades), so the paint products used for them can certainly handle flexing.

Although any painting requires skill and expertise, many people have built their own aircraft (from scratch or much more commonly from kits) and many of those have painted them by themselves. Of course, amateur aircraft builders tend to be quite extreme enthusiasts, so what they have time to do and are able to do might be quite a stretch from what the typical travel trailer owner would be willing to do!
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:57 PM   #52
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Here's an idea...

Spray it with bedliner and add some fender flares and a lift.
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:13 PM   #53
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New Paint Job on Escape 15A Done!

The paint job is done and our beautiful 15A is now back home. The trailer will be making it's "new color debut" at the Casitas Lake Rally this coming weekend. Hope to see some of you there! I want to thank you all for your comments and support on painting our Escape, as it is not done very often. We love how the color came out and what a great job our professionals at Rehorn RV in Sacramento did once again. Happy trails to all. Kim
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It looks beautiful.
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:49 PM   #55
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The paint job is done and our beautiful 15A is now back home. The trailer will be making it's "new color debut" at the Casitas Lake Rally this coming weekend. Hope to see some of you there! I want to thank you all for your comments and support on painting our Escape, as it is not done very often. We love how the color came out and what a great job our professionals at Rehorn RV in Sacramento did once again. Happy trails to all. Kim
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Old 10-19-2016, 11:25 PM   #57
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That sounds promising. Although gelcoat finish was used for many years for sailplanes (the type of aircraft most commonly built of fiberglass), composite construction has become more common, and composite aircraft are now routinely painted. Even aircraft with factory gelcoat finish are routinely painted when they need refinishing.

There are multiple types and brands of paint used on aircraft, but there is lots of information from paint manufacturers and aircraft industry sources describing very clearly what products are suitable for fiberglass (normally referred to as "composite" in aircraft), and how to use them. Aircraft wings can flex a lot (especially the long-wingspan sailplanes that have been composite for decades), so the paint products used for them can certainly handle flexing.

Although any painting requires skill and expertise, many people have built their own aircraft (from scratch or much more commonly from kits) and many of those have painted them by themselves. Of course, amateur aircraft builders tend to be quite extreme enthusiasts, so what they have time to do and are able to do might be quite a stretch from what the typical travel trailer owner would be willing to do!
My Genesis II sailplane came out of the mold with a thin layer of gelcoat. It was wet sanded down so most of the gelcoat was removed which also removed high and low spots and then painted with Standox Standocryl in Toyota 1U ultra brite white. It was then sanded with a 2000 grit finish. In 1999 that was a $3,000.00 option. Diamond Aircraft in Canada was also using Standox at the time.

It is true that many sailplanes are refinished with a Polyurethane Acrylic finish but that is partly because the German sailplane manufacturers used a really crappy gel coat during the nineties. A lot of Grob sailplanes from the eighties are still flying, sit outside all the time and don't have the gelcoat cracking of later models. They just get waxed a couple times a year.
I priced a DG 1001 a year ago and it comes standard with gelcoat. The PU finish was a $2,000. option but it is almost mandatory if you ever want to resell the glider.
An acquaintance in Texas refinished his sailplane and paid $10,000. Once the older thicker gelcoat starts cracking it takes a lot of sanding to get it thin enough to paint. And you can't damage the carbon or fiberglass cloth while sanding or you may affect the strength.

Nice paint job on the trailer. The Escape Graphics in white would also look good on it.
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:20 AM   #58
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Wow, stunning!
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Old 10-20-2016, 08:05 AM   #59
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Fun, fun, fun! I like how the tongue and jack and storage box are also painted to match. And you did get to use some of that Mt Shasta blue that you liked so much.
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Wow !

Wow you difinitely have a one of a kind Escape Travel Trailer
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