I have a 63 Shasta with what appears to be either a very old or very poor paint job because it looks very rough. The camper had been sitting in a yard for quite some time. The blue paint on the lower half looks oxidized and looks like a flat paint that was rolled or brushed on. I want to try to clean it and see if that will be enough or whether I need to have a new paint job. I am trying to keep down costs. My fear is that attempting to clean and polish will cause the paint to start coming off. Any suggestions on the safest products to test on the camper. You can see the camper(my icon). Thanks. Teresa
Post by universalexports on Jun 7, 2013 8:53:01 GMT -5
if the lower half has actually been rolled or brushed on, the only way to make it shiney is to use sandpaper, rubbing compound, pollishing compound to flatten and smooth it so it will shine, the issue will be is it thick enough to do this to without accidentally sanding down to aluminum.
Sometimes old paint can have the rolled-on look. Before you hit the sand paper, try polishing a small area. If it's the original paint, it should polish up nicely. If not, then universalexports info should help you get a shine. That being said, it someone DID repaint, if it was flat, it will stay flat. Good luck!
The "flat" look may just be a by-product of being 50-year-old paint ... just sayin'...
If it is re-painted then Universal has this on the money. If it is original paint, then sanding or anything abrasive is going to likely fleck the paint off to bare aluminum. Polishing with a mild polish would be the answer.
A trick that I learned doing cars was to use Johnson's Paste Wax, and a high speed buffer. The paste wax is pure wax with no abrasives, and the high speed will polish out to a slick smooth finish. The caveat is that the high speed buffer will burn through paint in a real hurry. I would recommend trying a very inconspicuous area to start, and hand-polish out a spot using the paste wax or a clear-coat grade polishing compound, just to test it. If it shows brush stroke marks or roller-speckles, then polishing won't really work to bring it back to mirror-smooth.
Last Edit: Jun 7, 2013 9:12:35 GMT -5 by chris2620
Thanks for the info. I washed it, and it didn't seem much different. The baby blue bottom portion of the camper is rolled on over another color and is flat. The upper cream colored portion looks like it was shiny and smooth, and parts of it are worn down to the aluminum. Well, we just decided to have it painted by someone. It will not be the supreme expensive job, but a painter is spraying it on. He will begin sanding it tomorrow. We are going to get the enamel paint as someone had mentioned in a thread on exterior painting. However, we have a little Red Dale '75 camper and had a big red stripe put on professionally at a body shop, and it cost a pretty penny. The white main color of the camper has not been polished, so I am going to follow your suggestions mentioned above and test an area. I bet it will shine really nicely! Thanks, everyone.