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What do you all use to clean the Scamp inside and outside?
What kind of wax?
I'm using the Meguiars Flagship Premium Marine Wax. Excellent results so far.
Meguiar's Flagship Premium Marine Wax - 32 oz.
2015 19 Escape
Buying or Selling Molded FG Trailers:
I am a consultant in the Car Wash industry and install Meguires at each client who will allow.
Glad to know they are your preference for fiberglass!
What do you use for soap?
The meguairs premium flagship wash and wax is great for the in-between waxes. Puts a really nice shine on.
2016 13' with bath
Usually just the Simple Green. Sometimes dish soap. Whatever's handy.
With yours being a 2012 it should polish up really well. As long as you maintain the shell they won't chalk out and stay nice for many many years.
I will be using my Tornador with appropriate cleaner.
That should do nicely!
Not sure what a "tornador" is, but I'd be careful using any power devices. Gel Coat can get swirls in it. I stay with hand cleaning. The Flagship Premium applies and wipes off so easily that hand power is all you ever need.
So our old 70's Scamp had been "chalked out" and painted white when we got it years ago. Can we strip this, and have a fiberglass shop recoat this for a reasonable sum? Or should I consider sanding and repainting. Also the windows.... front and rear plexiglass are in reasonable shape, but need new black mouldings (from factory parts) due to cracking and leakage. I heard there was a special tool for this? Park and Patricia
Park and Patricia Arkansas
To remove paint and then have the trailer gel coat redone would probably be too costly. Your best option is to repaint with a quality marine paint. It can be done yourself with rollers and there are numerous write-ups about how to do it. I've seen some excellent results of trailers that were rollered with the marine paint but the paint is very expensive although this is probably the cheapest route. A good fiberglass/auto shop for a painting estimate would probably be better. You need a shop that specializes in fiberglass for estimates. That probably will be fairly pricey, but pros would be doing it. I'd need to see pics of the trailer to be able to tell more.
The zip lock trim is available from Scamp Parts and probably best place to get it. Not too expensive.
You need a zip lock trim tool and those can be a bit difficult to find, I did find the exact one I used at Amazon:
Lisle 47000 Windshield Locking Strip Tool
I did both my front and rear plexi windows on my Scamp 13 redo and it is not a job for the faint of heart. I will try and locate my write up from that repair, but it took about 2+ hours of hard labor per window with lots of opportunites to really screw it up. Once you learn the technique on the first window the second one goes a bit easier. It is the one job that most Scamp people say after they do it, they would never do it again.
I am presently in the process of restoring our '74 13' Scamp. I called SCAMP to order new windows and beading. They informed me that the newer windows are slightly larger than the older ones. Since they would have to be cut down to size, SCAMP suggested it would be better to take my older windows into a glass shop, and have new windows cut to size.
We have a good glass shop in our neighborhood. They sell the exact same beading as SCAMP, but recommended I replace the Plexiglass with Lexan ($25 more per window). I think I could install the new windows myself, as the old ones were very easy to "pop out" (it took less than 5 minutes per window). But since this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and the glass shop handles these kinds of materials and jobs 40+ hours per week, I have decided to have them to do it. (Greg's testimony confirms this decision!)
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