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Old 04-14-2014, 06:59 PM   #15
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Don't expect the same quality paint job as you see on most cars. All the car manufacturers paint the body, fenders, doors and other components a single color individually before assembly. Each piece is then run through an oven to set, cure, and dry the paint.

Motorhomes on the other hand are painted after assembly. There is no way they can wrap the paint around the component corners as well as it's done on automobile parts that are individually painted. Since they're painted after assembly they can't be run through an oven to set, dry, and cure the paint. The paint formula has to be different to allow it to dry in a lower temperature setting.

Also most motorhomes have a multi color paint scheme rather than a single color. Each time a color is painted the previously painted areas have to be masked to avoid over spray. By masking areas they create a sharp edge where the new color paint meets the previously painted surfaces. When the painting is complete the entire coach has to be buffed to eliminate the edges between the colors. Then the entire coach is given a clear coat. Because of the multiple colors masking and the buffing processes process paints are layered. The end product isn't as smooth as a single color, oven dried paint job.

While they do a good job it's not as good as the original paint on a modern car.

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Old 04-14-2014, 09:34 PM   #16
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For those who have had problems with the clear coat flaking off, was the coach a dark color?

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Old 04-14-2014, 09:54 PM   #17
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We also love our full paint, but agree with other posters that it won't be as good as an automotive paint job, there will be imperfections.

Diamond Shield uses 3M product for their clear bras. As you can see, there are mixed results with these bras. I had another brand of clear bra, DigiShield, on our coach, it mildewed underneath on the flat surfaces and was very hard to get bugs off if you didn't keep it sprayed with 303 or waxed with Rejex.

We've gotten the coach re-sided, with that came a new paint job, I quizzed the service advisor about the bra and it's failure. He said Newmar had stopped using DigiShield, they use only Diamond Shield now and they have switched to a better 3M material, so I let them put a new bra on. We're also storing the coach inside now, I'm hoping that makes a difference. Hopefully I will not be disappointed!
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The biggest downside to that $20,000 full body paint job in my mind is...
...the $20,000!
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Originally Posted by dezrtracr View Post
For those who have had problems with the clear coat flaking off, was the coach a dark color?
Yes, mine was in an area of black and probably the side that faced the sun.
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I would NEVER own a gel coat coach again. The time and extreme effort of buffing back a dull coach year after year is not worth it. Not to mention the decals fading, cracking and pealing. Full paint only!! Gelcoat is nothing more than a nightmare on anything the size of a motorhome. Your new purchase looks old in no time.

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