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Old 08-10-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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clear coat

we bought a 1999 alpine coach two years ago . the clear coat was pealing on the front cap it is now about 95% gone . i have waxed the sides and rear cap 4 times but it has started to come off. anybody have a idea on how to remove it from the fiber glass with out harming it. note they only clear coated from the belt line up on the sides. it looks so bad we don't take it any were . thanks for any help.

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Old 08-10-2012, 08:34 PM   #2
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I don't believe the factory clear coated your coach. This is probably a coating applied by a previous owner and it would help if you knew what this was. Try searching some of the other forums on IRV2 as some older coaches may have had this work done. I think I read 3M have a process for doing this but can't find the link at the moment.

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Old 08-11-2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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If the previous owner my have added a 3m Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film to the cap. Over the years the 3m covering will deteriorate and peal off. If this happens it is very hard to remove the rest without damaging the paint. It was designed to go on and stay on. If you go to the web site you can contact 3m and ask for help on the procedures for removal.

If it is a clear coat that’s a different story. What I learned over the years is that WRV and many other RV manufactures say that there Coaches have a clear coat finish. I do not know when WRV started to add clear coat their coaches. But what I did find is that when the coach is being color painted the clear coat was added to the color paint. The clear coat was not sprayed on the finish after the color paint was completed. By doing it this way the RV manufacture can say it has a clear coat finish. It is more cost effective for the RV manufactures by not having to clear coat after they have completed the color finish. The only way I can think of removing the chipping clear coat is to color/wet sand down to the paint.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:25 PM   #4
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Is this "clear coat" just on the front cap or on the sides, too? It almost sounds like you have a Poly Glow finish that needs to be removed. There are other, similar treatments, too. Check the forums on what one uses to wash it off. I understand it's not that difficult to get off, just the right chemicals and some elbow grease....
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