Originally Posted by CJ65
I have a very rough exterior with fibers showing. I am going to sand it down and prep real nice first. Any tips on sanding prep, or any pitfalls to avoid? I have never worked on this type of material before. I think the only difference is going to be respirator and goggles due to nasty fiberglass dust.
The first thing you want to do to be sure of a clean surface is to use a detergent soap like Dawn or something and wash it real good. Then buy some wax/grease/silicon remover and use clean paper towels to wipe it down. Now do your sanding and repair. When that is done, wipe it down with the wax/grease/silicon remover again. The surface is now ready for paint.
The reason for the cleaning before sanding is to keep from grinding in any contaminants that may be on the surface.
That top does look good and semi gloss is alway a good choice. I prefer white on the inside because it keeps things bright. If it's dark on the inside you may not like it, but it's yours.