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Old 01-14-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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Sunburn or spray paint?

I've read a lot about the plasticoat peeling and looking like a sunburn, but I've never seen it in person, so I'm somewhat confused as to what the sunburn affect looks like. Can you feel the clear coat flaking off when you run your palm across it?

When I bought my 64 Tradewind the pics in the ad didn't show the trailer in bright sunlight, and I wasnt expecting it to be shiny anyway. The first bright sunny day we had I realized, shes got stripes! This makes me think maybe someone took silver spray paint to her...and if they did, should I be devastated by this discovery? Wouldn't the stripper used to remove the clear coat also take off the spray paint? (if thats what it is)

I need some expert eyes to help me out here.

Thanks in Advance.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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It looks kind of like a peeling clearcote, but usually you don't see that far down the body.

If clearcote was available in 64 it was an option. Not sure when they started it but my 64 does not have it.


It is also possible it was done aftermarket which would explain the weird spray patterns.

Regardless, even if it is paint the same stripper should remove both
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:28 PM   #3
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I thought that I read somewhere that the clear coat was optional till 63, then standard starting in 64?

I tried polishing the compartment doors (not pictured) just to see how hard it was going to be, and we quickly found out that there is definitely something that needs stripped off first.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:37 PM   #4
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Most of the clear cote deterioration that I've seen starts at the top and works it's way down creating some up and down streaks. Yours looks like someone sprayed another clear coat on and didn't do a good job of prep. Then again anything is possible. You have a great trailer to work on. Keep us updated with pics & good luck.
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:39 PM   #5
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I thought that I read somewhere that the clear coat was optional till 63, then standard starting in 64?

I tried polishing the compartment doors (not pictured) just to see how hard it was going to be, and we quickly found out that there is definitely something that needs stripped off first.
Your correct.

However, the "clearcoat' or "plasticote" as it's sometimes called, is good for an average of about 5 years.

As it ages, it takes on more of an opaque appearance, until the paint is totally dead, and then it simply "flakes" off.

The fixes?

Strip the old paint off and polish the trailer.

Strip the old paint off, polish the trailer and put a new coat on.

Strip the old paint off, and leave it alone.

Strip the paint off, and apply a new coat.

Strip the paint off and give the coach a metallic silver paint job. Properly done, with proper materials, that will last 25 to 30 years, if waxed once a year.

And lastly and the cheapest is to go to K-Mart and buy some dark sunglasses. What you can't see on the exterior of the trailer, won't bother you. You know that old saying, "Out of sight, out of mind".

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Old 01-14-2011, 04:08 PM   #6
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That sure looks like Joe Somewhen used a pressure washer - or a quarter carwash on it - and you're seeing how it opened the pores & a degreaser started breaking the bonds to the aluminum... In particular see the strokes tend to fan out, like the further from the nozzle the broader the stroke? Also the front flat panel seems to be missing the same treatmen - although Joe Somebody might've had some miracle wax and an electric polisher and done almost the same thing - and the propane tanks got in his way...
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:48 PM   #7
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Soooo at the risk of sounding like a complete newbie (which I totally am) pressure and/or car washing is a big no-no? I did not know that. I havent washed it at all yet, it was like that when I got it. You can only really see those stripes in the right light (like in the pics).
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Maybe Joe Somebody repainted with spray cans?
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:38 AM   #9
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Hey as long as it will all come off when I strip it, I'm not worried.
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Try stripping a small section and see what you get...can't hurt.

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Having just removed the clearcoat from a 27 footer, it looks to me like someone sprayed on paint remover in a horizontal pattern and didn't do a very thorough job.
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