Epoxy Camper Upgrade

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You’re probably here, at WWGOA, because you’re an avid woodworker. But if you enjoy woodworking there’s a good chance you’re hands-on in other areas, too. When he’s not in his shop George has been busy doing a full upgrade on a 1997 20’ bumper pull camper. There’s an entire video series on this project.

The camper has a rock guard on the front that’s pretty…tired. George decided to give the camper some pizazz by removing the existing rock guard and creating an epoxy-coated rock guard. Kind of the largest charcuterie board ever.

Background

WWGOA has lots of videos that cover working with resin (epoxy), so if you’re interested in doing a similar project, that’s a good starting point. There are lots of very important aspects to working with epoxy; environmental conditions, mixing and, of course, choosing the right epoxy.

Epoxy choice

The epoxy needs to be durable but flexible. This TotalBoat product is perfect for this project. It’s the same epoxy that George is using on his cedar strip canoe.

Coloring

George and Krista are coloring the epoxy with a mix of pigment and mica powder. Pigment provides one uniform color. Mica powder provides some depth and pearlescence.

Making waves

They’ll get the wave pattern by using white pigment, the heat gun and a spritz of isopropyl alcohol. It’s best to practice this technique on a smaller scale before using it on a project that’s this large.

UV protection

The final step is sealing everything with a UV resistant sealer.

Both faces of the new rock guard were sealed with epoxy and UV resistant sealer. The back is clear.

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