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timvan
07-18-2013, 09:13 AM
My fenders are showing their age, they are faded. They look great when wet, or when buffed out but that shine is short lasting.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that a good scuff and clear coat will make them look better...anyone have experience?

Or should I just enlist a body shop to paint/clear?


Whats the cure?

nickespi
07-18-2013, 09:46 AM
I plastidipped mine. Cost me about $20 and looks great.
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f396/nickespi/A6B6BDF3-2FFF-4E75-99C5-AEF8E058295F-14430-00001F436D8D7ED3_zps4edf9bd5.jpg

Traxx822
07-18-2013, 10:03 AM
Did you do your rims too Nick?

Also a tip for your white Agenda Surf traction pads, Use some soft scrub with bleach.

I've gotten mine pretty dirty with shoes and it made them back to new white with just a brush and a little of the soft scrub soap.

TayMC197
07-18-2013, 10:15 AM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/18/5y3e8uga.jpg

Hydro dipped mine and made the diamond plate steps myself.

mlawler34
07-18-2013, 11:40 AM
I am with Timvan. I am sick of my fenders looking awful. I may go the Plactidip route like Nick.

How much was it to hydro dip?

nickespi
07-18-2013, 12:40 PM
Rims are dipped too.

Loving that hydro Tay

Skir68
07-18-2013, 01:15 PM
Is the Hydro dip very expensive? I have the older trailer fiberglass covers and they are BIG!
They are still very shiney as they get waxed frequently but I like that Carbon Fiber look!

TayMC197
07-18-2013, 01:49 PM
I paid 370 for the dip. That included repair of the fiberglass, sanding, primed, dipped, cleared, 'etc. considering the condition they were in, it was well worth it. I thought new fenders were in my future.

timvan
07-18-2013, 02:57 PM
The dip is a good idea..How scuff proof is it? Does it scratch easily?


local company does it for $.71 a square inch.. Think I will be inhaling paint fumes in the future

Skir68
07-18-2013, 03:51 PM
I paid 370 for the dip. That included repair of the fiberglass, sanding, primed, dipped, cleared, 'etc. considering the condition they were in, it was well worth it. I thought new fenders were in my future.

That's a good deal! Just the prep work alone, especially doing repair work, is ALOT of work!:D

TayMC197
07-18-2013, 04:36 PM
Pretty durable if done correctly. Be careful, a lot of people say they do it but cut corners badly. The shop that did it for me has high end equipment. That's one thing that drove the cost down, they could do it right and in a lot less time.

I bump and stand on my regularly, no issues yet.

GoneBoatN
07-18-2013, 07:02 PM
You could be courageous and refinish with Gel Coat.

My son turned a corner a little too tight and damaged a fender. Fortunately it was without the boat on so the damage turned out to be minor depending upon your point of view. It was a crack in the fiberglass which I mended by dumping some thin CA glue it to the crack. I was lucky in the fact that no real pieces were missing. Then I sanded the top. I filled the very minor divot with Gel Coat Paste. I ended up trying to thin the Gel Paste so that I could spray. It matches pretty good color wise but I got a rather dull (almost orange peel) effect. I've been letting it set so that the Gel would fully cure and then I'm going to try 1500 sand paper, followed by compound, etc - you know the drill; actually that is an excuse as I'm too busy using the boat this time of year. We'll see how it turns out but that is a project for later. If cannot get the Gel to shine I decided that it will be an off season project to just go ahead and redo with the proper Gel (non-paste) for spraying.

GoneBoatN
07-18-2013, 07:03 PM
...and stand on my regularly...

Not with shoes on I hope! :uglyhamme

TayMC197
07-18-2013, 07:11 PM
Not with shoes on I hope! :uglyhamme

Yep with shoes.. It's a boat.. I grew tired of not enjoying myself due to being to strict. I actually have fun now, with my dog in the boat.. Lol

NWMike
07-26-2013, 05:17 AM
I just finished a small restoration on my trailer this summer and it is much easier than you think. Major rust is another issue but for surface rust, grinding it down, hit it with a wire wheel and then treat it with Rust Mort (or equivalent) will neutralize the rust. Prep the trailer using an orbital sander with about 180 grit for the chip prone areas and undersides and about 280 for the tops and sides. Wipe it down, I sprayed an etching primer (DP40 PPG) and the next day I used a green scuff pad add some bite and sprayed 2 quarts of single stage GM summit white. Actually used my older siphon feed gun at 40 psi. Fenders I sprayed the same paint and then added chrome metal flake into the first layer of clear and then clear coated the fenders. They look great in the sun.

d2jp
07-26-2013, 08:59 AM
I just finished a small restoration on my trailer this summer and it is much easier than you think. Major rust is another issue but for surface rust, grinding it down, hit it with a wire wheel and then treat it with Rust Mort (or equivalent) will neutralize the rust. Prep the trailer using an orbital sander with about 180 grit for the chip prone areas and undersides and about 280 for the tops and sides. Wipe it down, I sprayed an etching primer (DP40 PPG) and the next day I used a green scuff pad add some bite and sprayed 2 quarts of single stage GM summit white. Actually used my older siphon feed gun at 40 psi. Fenders I sprayed the same paint and then added chrome metal flake into the first layer of clear and then clear coated the fenders. They look great in the sun.

Looks great!

You prepped/sprayed the trailer with the boat on?

I'm getting ready to replace my bunks with new wood + carpet and plan to do one side at a time, lifting the boat just far enough on one side to remove the bunk boards. Planned on hitting the rust areas while doing it - but based upon your restoration, I might plan on a more in-depth repainting!

NWMike
07-28-2013, 04:42 PM
Yes, and it was actually pretty easy. Just need patience to seal the boat up. You can get the plastic from the paint dept at Lowes. Very thin. A couple rolls of tape and you're in business. The rusty areas I took down to metal. Find a local auto paint supply store and get some rust neutralizer, some acid brushes to apply it, etching primer in a spray can if you aren't set up with spray gun. Or pick up a cheap gun at Harbor Freight. A respirator is a must. Tackle in the off season so you aren't rushing yourself. Best to do it right the first time.

handleandrew
08-03-2013, 11:14 PM
take them off, wet sand them down and have them painted (auto shop) and then clear coated. prior owner did that on my trailer. looks great. as durable as paint on a car. no rebuffing problems.

horseshoept
10-13-2013, 09:13 PM
take them off, wet sand them down and have them painted (auto shop) and then clear coated. prior owner did that on my trailer. looks great. as durable as paint on a car. no rebuffing problems.


Makes sense. Seems Mastercraft should have done it this way in the first place.

JohnnyB
10-14-2013, 07:00 AM
I just finished a small restoration on my trailer this summer and it is much easier than you think. Major rust is another issue but for surface rust, grinding it down, hit it with a wire wheel and then treat it with Rust Mort (or equivalent) will neutralize the rust. Prep the trailer using an orbital sander with about 180 grit for the chip prone areas and undersides and about 280 for the tops and sides. Wipe it down, I sprayed an etching primer (DP40 PPG) and the next day I used a green scuff pad add some bite and sprayed 2 quarts of single stage GM summit white. Actually used my older siphon feed gun at 40 psi. Fenders I sprayed the same paint and then added chrome metal flake into the first layer of clear and then clear coated the fenders. They look great in the sun.

All shrinkwrapped for winter :D

Sent from my Motorola RAZR MAXX using Tapatalk 2

TxsRiverRat
10-14-2013, 11:04 AM
I went the bondo/paint/clearcoat route and it looks great... I had a club member ask the other day if i bought a new trailer. :)

http://s13.postimage.org/lgtt34c47/Fenders_after.jpg

mikeg205
10-14-2013, 11:33 AM
I went the bondo/paint/clearcoat route and it looks great... I had a club member ask the other day if i bought a new trailer. :)

http://s13.postimage.org/lgtt34c47/Fenders_after.jpg

Needs a decal... ;) or 2 ;)

yeah that's duck weed on the boat... needs a wash... ;)

scott023
10-14-2013, 11:37 AM
Needs a decal... ;) or 2 ;)

yeah that's duck weed on the boat... needs a wash... ;)

Tough crowd this morning. :D

mikeg205
10-14-2013, 11:40 AM
Tough crowd this morning. :D

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:uglyhamme:uglyhamme:uglyhamme

thatsmrmastercraft
10-14-2013, 11:43 AM
Tough crowd this morning. :D

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:uglyhamme:uglyhamme:uglyhamme

Good thing I didn't mention anything about those old wheels............I probably would have never heard the end of it.:rolleyes:

mikeg205
10-14-2013, 11:56 AM
Good thing I didn't mention anything about those old wheels............I probably would have never heard the end of it.:rolleyes:

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scott023
10-14-2013, 12:01 PM
Good thing I didn't mention anything about those old wheels............I probably would have never heard the end of it.:rolleyes:

They do look like they've seen better days... 8p