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Old 11-11-2014, 12:48 PM   #1
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1996 Itasca Suncruiser Paint Project

So I decided it's time to freshen up the Old Winnie by attempting a DYI paint job. The old finish was dull and oxidized and the decals faded and cracked. I spent the last couple weeks pulling off the old decals. I used a variety of methods to accomplish this. The decals that were in decent shape just required a heat gun. The ones that were dried out and cracked I had to get serious with an eraser wheel. The only problem was the dried cracked baked on decals on the metal hood. A heat gun wasn't cutting it and the eraser wheel burned right through to the primer. Next step will be next spring. I plan to tape it out and sand and paint it. I haven't decided on a method yet, leaning toward just rolling it with Rustoleum cut with mineral spirits, as I've seen others have pretty good results. I am wondering if I should scrape all the seals first, then paint and reseal or reseal first then paint? I will try and upload some before and after pics as I go along.
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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Here's some before pics.
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:00 PM   #3
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Here's a closeup of the cracked decals. Interestingly the worst sides were the front and right side.
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Here are some during pics during the decal removal. BTW that pool ladder made an excellent platform to work from, glad I saved it.
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And here it is now, with all decals removed. The last two show the hood. I still can't get all the glue off even with mineral spirits. My plan is to take care of it when I start sanding.
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I kinda like the simplistic colors. I may not even re-stripe it. I will paint it white again up top but want to change the bottom color, maybe a very dark shade of green. However, I would appreciate any and all feedback on color choices and painting methods. Thanks all!
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Sometimes acetone will dissolve the decal glue. I've also had some luck with Goo Gone.

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Re think the dark green sides-it will turn your motorhome into a oven in strong sun light.
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You can buy the stripes on line-any color or width needed. Try Ebay/Amazon.
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Painting mh

Abaerga Several years ago I did some new stripes on my 1996 Allegro I considered painting them but I found this site Vinylstriping.com They had a great selection of colors and sizes of stripes. They are a 3M product and are super easy to install and have held up well over the past several years. The rolls are 150 feet long ideal for a motorhome just peat and stick. Check it out Keep them shining
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