Originally Posted by barbaralyn
I have a 1957
Wanderer that has one aluminum end cap and one fiberglass end cap. I plan to polish the aluminum end cap, but need to paint the fiberglass one. Are you able to use an interior latex paint, or does it need a special paint? Thanks for any help!
Hi barbaralyn, do a small out of site paint test on the area first, there is another thread going where someone had used the krylon fusion on their end cap and when they taped a piece of trim on while doing some riveting, when they pulled the tape the paint came off. I suspect they had a fiberglass end cap and that Krylon fusion may not bond to it. I have had great durable success painting my ABS end cap with the Krylon but I am not sure if it the best paint for yours if it is fiberglass.
To do a paint test:
Work in a small out of site area, lightly sand, clean and prep the area as per normal.
Tape off a small area and apply the paint of your choice for the amount of coats recommended
After it has cured up a couple days you can test how well its bonded
First test is a tape test, apply a piece of clear tape (with and end folded over so you easily pull it off) to the area and firmly scrape it on, quicky rip it off, do it a couple of times if paint comes of the paint has not properly bonded.
Next test is the scratch test, just as it sounds...scratch the area with your fingernails or a dime whenever, if the paint flakes off it is not properly bonded, if it just scuffs or dulls the surface area you are fine.
Try different paint options until you are sure you have good adhesion, then paint away ☺