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Old 02-08-2014, 12:46 AM   #29
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The shrouds that Andy has at Inland really are excellent pieces in my opinion.

Very sturdy and very well finished. All mine needed was a through sanding to look great with a little red paint!

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While they might seem pricy, these covers are well worth the money when compared even to stock covers when new, let alone to how brittle these things are after 40 years in the sun. I am thinking that there are few if any of these old stock covers that can be repaired well, as there is nothing good to glue to. I was going to fix my old one til I really looked it over and found that just looking at it would break it.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:02 AM   #30
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Wow, this thread is really old....
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:16 PM   #31
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I had to replace my shroud two years ago (after 14 years of full-timing) due to age related cracks. The replacement (from PPL) looks no thicker/sturdier. Since the sun should only age the surface, are the thru-cracks forming due to age/heat? Has anyone painted these shrouds and noticed an increase in longevity? Or does this just add more work to maintain the paint?
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:55 PM   #32
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I had to replace my shroud two years ago (after 14 years of full-timing) due to age related cracks. The replacement (from PPL) looks no thicker/sturdier. Since the sun should only age the surface, are the thru-cracks forming due to age/heat? Has anyone painted these shrouds and noticed an increase in longevity? Or does this just add more work to maintain the paint?
Plastic ages when exposed to the sun.

It also ages when exposed to heat.

Your shroud is exposed to both.

Yes, paint will help it, but not that much.

Fiberglass shrouds last a long long time, especially when gel coated and/or painted.

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Old 02-09-2014, 11:13 AM   #33
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The shroud I purchased from Inland Rv and installed in November of 2012 has worked out well, and the Armstrong AC still doing its job very well.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:25 AM   #34
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I work with automotive fiberglass parts a few to several time a year, it is not often that I am genuinely impressed with aftermarket fiberglass parts, but the cover I received was truly top notch. Plenty of fiberglass, well formed and finished, and a nice thick gel coat that allowed enough sanding for me to apply a nice paint job no primer surfacer required.

This was one of those rare times where paying a premium price actually bought a premium product. I like VALUE, and I like it when I get my money's worth.
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My question is for those of you that have painted your shroud. What type of paint did you use? Was it Krylon, el-cheap-o Wal-Mart .97 cent a can paint? Looking to freshen up my shroud and would greatfully appreciate guidance from your experience. Thanks
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I don't think my answer will help you much, I used industrial Imron with a spray gun.

I don't have a particular recommendation for a spray paint.

Sorry I can't help more.
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Use a "HIGH" quality paint.

Then, after you paint it, for a longer life, coat it with a clear paint.

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:50 PM   #38
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Whatever paint you use I recommend a good sanding with 320 or 400 first. (The surface is smooth enough that the paint will peel in time if it isn't sanded.)

There was more than enough gel coat on mine that primer was NOT needed.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:56 AM   #39
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My question is for those of you that have painted your shroud. What type of paint did you use? Was it Krylon, el-cheap-o Wal-Mart .97 cent a can paint? Looking to freshen up my shroud and would greatfully appreciate guidance from your experience. Thanks
Which shroud do you have? If you have one of the original there is a new type of paint from Krylon that is designed to stick to just about anything thing. Take your time, clean and prep go a long ways towards a better looking paint job. I would stay away from the super cheap paint.

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