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Old 07-01-2015, 03:05 PM   #1
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Exterior custom paint on an Escape?

I've seen some pretty interesting custom exterior paint schemes on fiberglass trailers, mostly through online searches. But I have not seen any Escapes with custom exterior paint. I've not been to any Escape rallies, yet.

I'm wondering whether anyone has taken on exterior painting and what the results were, or seen any Escapes with custom paint? There's a fair amount of discussion on exterior painting on fiberglassRV.com, but nothing specific on Escapes.

I'm also wondering whether there might be some sort of sacrilege involved in painting out an Escape and not sporting the default white with ETI branding? Would the Escape owners community view it as cool to see a painted Escape, or would it be like painting an Airstream?

Thoughts anyone?
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:13 PM   #2
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I think it would be great to see a custom painted Escape, and I bet it would look fantastic, and the owner would then have a very unique trailer.

That said, the gelcoat used is a proven tough, durable finish. One that is easy to touch-up, repair, and bring back to a nice shine.

With paint, the maintenance would be similar, but any repair tougher to patch, I would think.

Basically, I think for most it comes down to the fact that the original gelcoat is much less costly in the long run, especially for those that worry more about function, than looks.

Once we start seeing much older Escapes, we will likely see more of these older ones get painted, especially if any major repairs have to be done. I originally was thinking to repair the existing finish on the '76 Trillium 1300 I am working on, but it just would not look that great, and would take a heck of a lot of work to bring it back to something original looking, so I decided to use a good quality boat paint.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:28 PM   #3
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I think this is like any other customization - it's your trailer, so you do what makes it the way you want, regardless of what other owners choose to do with their trailers. Some will not like the appearance, some may warn about potential effects on resale opportunities or price, but most will support your efforts to make the trailer your own, and will applaud creativity.

Discussions of countertop and fabric patterns and colours tend to follow this theme of personal choice.

I think the difference between Escape and other brands is simply that Escapes are all relatively new - they've only been built for a little more than a decade, so they're essentially all still in good condition. Custom paint jobs are often part of a renovation of an older trailer which no longer has a good finish on the original gelcoat. Some of those wild Boler schemes are on forty-year-old trailers.

Also, Escapes are all white. Some of the older Bolers had two-tone colour schemes that might not suit current tastes... thus the painting. Once one is painting, any colour is potentially possible.

I originally thought that painting a moulded fiberglass trailer with a gelcoat finish was a bad idea, because then the paint would need to be maintained and the gelcoat finish could never be restored. I now have a factory-painted fiberglass exterior motorhome, and I appreciate how much easier the paint surface is to keep clean than gelcoat. If a gelcoat finish could not reasonably be restored, or if body repairs or modifications resulted in appearance problems, it could easily make more sense to paint instead of doing laborious hand-finishing work with gelcoat. For a stock-bodied Escape, personally I would stick with decals for appearance customization as long as the original finish was good; if someone else wants to paint, go for it.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:38 PM   #4
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See Post #7:

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Old 07-01-2015, 03:42 PM   #5
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... or would it be like painting an Airstream?
The big difference is that painting the aluminum of an Airstream means you no longer see the aluminum. The an Escape or other fiberglass trailers always has an opaque plastic (gelcoat) finish over the translucent glass-reinforced resin anyway, so it doesn't matter whether that's gelcoat or paint.

Trivia: Airstream painted some of their own aluminum trailers, marketing them under the "Argosy" name. They had aluminum panels which may not have had cosmetic flaws, plus even steel panels. It's not such a shocking idea, even for an Airstream.

Also, Airsteam routinely covers (with paint or a film) the exposed surface of the interior aluminum panels in their trailers.
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:46 PM   #6
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There is actually one painted Escape Trailer that I know of. It was painted by ETI for the original customer. The trailer has since sold at least one other time. I think it was either blue or green. I don't know if the for sale ad was here on on FiberglassRV. When I have more time, I'll look for it.
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See Post #4 here to go to the blue Escape.
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Good catch, Karen. I had forgotten about that very nice looking painted Escape... which is funny, since it is now (or was) in my area.
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Thanks for reference, I really love it! Very unique, and kind of retro looking.
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See Post #4 here to go to the blue Escape.
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