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Old 12-23-2013, 01:38 AM   #1
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matching paint with outer shell color?

I'm needing 'a little' body work on the lower shell of my 19'. Can anybody help with info on paint matching? Maybe a paint code?

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Old 12-23-2013, 02:34 AM   #2
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:27 AM   #3
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Depending on the repair and how extensive, I'd contact ETI and consider gel coat. I wouldn't want to start spot paint spraying a newer Escape. Paint ages at a different rate than gel coat. Or maybe if it's an area that's going to take abuse.... bedliner would be a better choice? Greg, what happened?
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:10 PM   #4
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What happened........? It seems that towing with an Escape is really like towing with nothing back there. I was going thru a gate to put it away and didn't give enough room to a pole in a turn and the pole won.

Could have been much worse but about 5" of the crease went thru the fiberglass. I'm finding a surprising few body shops that know fiberglass. On advice of a friend, I sought out a hot rod shop that does Corvettes and custom body work. Not cheap but then my Escape is worth every penny to keep it's youthful (7 month old) glow!

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So, what does the shop want to do? Are they going to paint or fix and re-gel coat? Just curious. I feel your pain. I haven't damaged my trailer, but did back it into a 1967 Mustang and shoved the passenger door in! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!
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So, what does the shop want to do? Are they going to paint or fix and re-gel coat? Just curious. I feel your pain. I haven't damaged my trailer, but did back it into a 1967 Mustang and shoved the passenger door in! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was indeed painful to see! I was amazed how far the side panel bowed in without further damage.

I selected the shop that's going to cut away the damage, rebuild it with fiberglass and epoxy filler. Then he's going to repaint about half the side and recoat it. Think he said gelcoat but might have said clearcoat. I'm not crazy about clearcoat since it doesn't flex. He knows what he's doing so I'm going to stay out of the way and just write the check.

One shop that actually came recommended by a Casita friend said they were going to fill the crack with epoxy and spot paint it. Not my Escape, thank you very much!
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:40 PM   #7
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Have you tried some boat shops that do repairs. I know there are a few of them that deal with fiberglass. I bet they could do some gelcoat on it too.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:48 PM   #8
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I can only offer what I've learned from reading over the years. I mentioned earlier that gel coat and paint age differently. Actually paint "lasts" longer. Gel coat ages where it gets a beige pattina. New formulated paint doesn't change color. Just be aware. Okay? If it were me... and it's not... I'd check with a boat repair place like Jim mentioned. "Years" from now you (probably) don't want a trailer that looks like a painted pony.
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I didn't think paint sounded good. Don't see how it could have the same glossy finish and might be too conspicuous. Boat shop idea is a good one. Thanks, Jim.
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Just in case anyone is interested, here's a series of videos that shows DIY small chip and scratch repair in gelcoat. I've used West Marine for boat building supplies in the past, they provide quality products. The videos in the series are daisy chained together so they play one after the other on their own. I've tried this on canoes with mixed results, it's not easy getting all the sanding scratches out to a perfect finish. Won't help you out in your case Greggo, a boat shop must have some way of spraying the Gelcoat on after doing the FG repair.
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