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Old 04-22-2015, 09:35 AM   #1
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Tropical LX - Peeling Clear Coat

Well, I have read a number of threads and it appears this issue happens to all manufacturers over time. Once the clear coat bubbled and started peeling the paint faded quickly and as you can see from the photos, its not pretty.

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OK....I am getting to the point of the post. Is the front cap and the upper radius around the roof are the most exposed to the sun, weather, etc. Why use a base and clear coat paint? I read one thread where someone opted for Plasticote. Granted you will not have the shine and luster, but it could last longer with the proper preparation and adhesion.

I am looking for any advise, experience, solutions for a DIY project. Not about to pay $2700 to a paint shop. Plus I live in coach FT.

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Old 04-22-2015, 09:56 AM   #2
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Old 04-23-2015, 08:22 AM   #3
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I am not a professional paint and body guy, but have some experience with automotive paint. My understanding is that the only solution to the problem is sand it down and repaint. You could opt for a single stage paint system (ie acrylic enamel or urethane) instead of base/clear system...although you probably would have a better shot of color matching with the original b/c system used. I too have some peeling on our our '07 in some the same areas as yours. Not looking forward to tackling that problem, but know its only going to get worse.
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You could try what I did on my Dolphin compartment doors when the clear coat started coming off. Of course the color is all the way through the plastic doors, but it should work on paint. I removed the lose clear coat and polished the doors with a random orbital polisher. I used Girot's Garage 1, 2, & 3 polishes. Started with #1and worked up to #3 the doors came out excellent. I did not replaced the clear coat but you could after the polishing. I just wax mine a couple times a year with Maguire's Flagship Marine Wax. I buy both the Girot's and Maguire's on Amazon.
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I am not a professional paint and body guy, but have some experience with automotive paint. My understanding is that the only solution to the problem is sand it down and repaint. You could opt for a single stage paint system (ie acrylic enamel or urethane) instead of base/clear system...although you probably would have a better shot of color matching with the original b/c system used. I too have some peeling on our our '07 in some the same areas as yours. Not looking forward to tackling that problem, but know its only going to get worse.
Thank you Adam...The peeling was just time consuming to remove (used a razor blade). The paint under the clear coat is badly faded from the sun. I have searching for the color codes and can not find them to save my life. Single step is the way I would have to do it. We are FT and we are in Galveston, TX where are are having sever thunderstorms, hail, wind and rain.
I may have to pospone this project for a bit. LOL Thank you again
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You could try what I did on my Dolphin compartment doors when the clear coat started coming off. Of course the color is all the way through the plastic doors, but it should work on paint. I removed the lose clear coat and polished the doors with a random orbital polisher. I used Girot's Garage 1, 2, & 3 polishes. Started with #1and worked up to #3 the doors came out excellent. I did not replaced the clear coat but you could after the polishing. I just wax mine a couple times a year with Maguire's Flagship Marine Wax. I buy both the Girot's and Maguire's on Amazon.
Thank you Chuck.....That would have been an easier way to go. But the paint underneath the clear coat is faded beyond restoration. I could not find the color codes and would prefer a one step solution, but I doubt that will last long. I may have to take some photos and go down to the local paint store and guesstimate. Thanks again for your reply...appreciate it.
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You might try contacting the guy in this post, he worked for National RV before they closed.
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If that doesn't work you can join the National RV forum on Yahoo Groups and post there. A member may know the paint codes. With over 2,900 members someone may know.

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I removed my frig access door (which had all 3 colors) and took it to a auto paint supplier and they used there computer gun to match the paint.
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Looks like my front cap. I roughed mine up with scotch brite and shot a new coat of clear on it. Super easy and will last a couple of years before the sun eats it as well.
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