I thought I'd get some actual tips started in the tips & tricks section. I just finished doing a spot restoration of paint on my 1978 Dodge rear kitchen Clipper. This mainly included re-doing some poor quality fiberglass repair on rear of the camper, and repainting the entire hood section. I thought I'd pass along some products I used to do the work.
Marine-Tex is a two part epoxy compound real good for repairing fiberglass. It has about a 1 hour working time. You can use a razor blade to squeegee it into hairline cracks too. Find it at a boating store.
For paint, I was able to find rattle cans that closely match the clipper colors. Krylon's 1504 Ivory is a great match for the van body & camper. If anything, it's a tiny bit light. Only I can notice it. My wife thinks it's a perfect match. For the brown stripe I used Krylon's 2501 Leather Brown. A little on the dark side, it's still a close match. Hardest to match in a rattle can is the Burnt Orange. I used Premium Decor's PDS-24 Banner Orange (General Paint & Mfg. Co.). The paint is clearly more vivid than the original. It reminds me of what the stripe may have looked like before 24 years of fading. Rubbing out the stripe in the ajoining area minimized the color difference, but it is still substantially brighter than the original strip. Still it's the closest I could find off the shelf and it looks great. Alternately, for those purists, an old Journal listed the correct paint (not a rattle can) as PPG Delstar Acrilic Enamel - Panama Brown formula #3007 + 1/2 tsp black/pint. Apparently it was used on 1970s Volkswagens). Remember when doing any of this type of work to follow the can instructions, and to prep your work. Pick up a can of surface prep (wax & oil remover) from a local auto paint store, when you pick up a variety of sandpapers, and automotive quality masking tape (the green stuff). Good Luck, and happy Clippering.
Eric Gibbons #3021