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Old 07-23-2016, 02:14 PM   #1
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Preserving condition of exterior paint and restoring clear coat

Hello all,

The original paint and striping on my unit is in very nice condition over all. Is there a product I can apply to help ward off the uv light that could fade and damage it over time? I plan to cover it when not in use but we plan to use it often.

Also, the clear coat on the top of fiberglass front and rear caps is pealing off. What is my best bet for restoring this?

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Old 07-24-2016, 06:03 PM   #2
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Since no one has responded I will at least send you my sympathies. I had a car that the clear coat began erupting on. If I had kept waxing it every year I would have been fine. I asked a body shop and was told there is no way to repair it without repainting, but it was a body shop, if you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

I have been thinking about getting a long term product like Poliglow to keep the paint protected on my RVs, since they are both mostly fiberglass. Then I don't HAVE to remember every spring and fall to get out the ladder. All my cars have lasted for 15 years in the sun thanks to the lesson with that old car, I now wax them at least every year.

There are RV wash and wax combinations that are supposed to be good for people that have vehicles that are too big to spend the time doing a good detailed hand job. Just get out there with a hose and wand and you don't have to wax for another 6 months...


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Old 07-24-2016, 06:38 PM   #3
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Found this:

How to fix peeling Clear Coat on a vehicle
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Old 08-01-2016, 12:04 AM   #4
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Have to admit that I am of the "dirt protects the paintwork" school of thought. Terminal laziness has a lot to do with it of course.

Always amuses me that people pay a lot of money to put clear coat over a durable paint job in order to protect the paint job and then don't pick up on the plain fact that the clear coat doesn't last as long as the paint job would have AND the way to fix it is to strip the clear coat off and then repaint.

My airstream has the clear coat peeling off front and rear caps and I couldn't care less. When it gets down to the top of the windscreen, I guess it will stop.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:14 AM   #5
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Think carefully about options when covering your RV. A tarp can keep moisture & contaminants in as well as out. A product like RejeX might be a good option. It's well known in the aircraft and boat industry and might be a great option for your application as well. It's made by the same people as Corrosion X.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:11 PM   #6
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I think a professional gel-coat wax job at least once per year will make a difference. Its fiberglass and that's exactly what marina's and yacht dealers recommend for their clients. Must work cause boats are in worst salty wet areas than our RV's. My problem has been with the decals. All were fine till a truck wash used hot water in their spray wand and made the right side start to peel.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:20 AM   #7
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My front cap and some of the side cap had peeling clear coat. I had it stripped and repainted. I took the opportunity to replace the 11 year old windshield gasket while I was at it since they had to pull the windshield anyway. It looks great now.

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