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Old 04-13-2014, 08:27 PM   #1
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Any Downsides to Full-Body-Paint?

I'm thinking of buying a new coach, probably a Winnebago Vista. Other than cost, what are the cons of having full-body-paint? Anybody have experience with the 3M clear bra? I thank you for any advice you may have.

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Darker paint means it is much harder to keep the coach cool enough in hot weather, or so I've read in many posts. Otherwise, I can't see a downside.
3M clear bra. There is a recent post/topic about how to remove one because of a problem.

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This is our 1st coach w/full body paint & love it. A good automotive wax at least 1x/yr keeps it looking shiny & brand new looking. No peeling decals w/fbp either.

Just as Ray stated, darker colors are harder to keep interior cool on hot days. We've tested both with a laser temp gun & the temp difference is huge. They also show water spots much more making them a bear in maintenance keeping those spots off.

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Old 04-13-2014, 09:36 PM   #4
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Don't go for the clear film bra. The stones still chip the paint, but it can't be fixed under the bra. I peeled one on a 2008 Allegro Bus and ordered the 2013 without it. I'll never use the junk again. Edges tend to peel and mildew forms under it. When you have to peel it, a lot of paint and/or clear coat comes with it. In addition the hard bugs stick into the plastic and it cannot be polished. Definitely dulls with age and sun exposure.
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:37 AM   #5
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Full body paint, with clear coat, is easier to care for. As stated before, a good quality polymer at least once a year, goes on easy, and produces nice results.

I have no experience with the 3M product you ask about. I do have the Diamond Shield on the front of my coach. Like most other DS owners, I am not happy with how it ages and mildew grows underneath it. Much has been written on this forum concerning Diamond Shield. Hopefully, 3M has a better mousetrap.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:52 AM   #6
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Our coach, which is now 12 years old, looks like new with the full-body paint! Run-off streaks down the side can be wiped off with a dry cloth! I would never have another MH without it!
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We love our full body paint. Can't really think of anything negative. Our coach is 10 years old this year and the Diamond Shield on the front is like new. Haven't had any problem with it so far either. Good Luck.
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The biggest downside to that $20,000 full body paint job in my mind is the point at which the clear coat begins shedding from the rig.

(If the rig is garaged and not used frequently, this may not be a problem.)

At that time, be it 5 years or 15 year from now, repairing (replacing) that paint job will be expensive.
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It seems that all the manufacturers are ditching the classic white gelcoat and moving to full body paint. My problem with that is almost all the available colors are dark, darker and more dark, especially on the flight deck. Here in the southwest there is no way I would own a dark vehicle, especially one with such a high volume of interior air to try and keep cool. Come on manufacturers, white and off-white and light gray are paint colors, too!

And I agree with Lori, a freshly washed dark-colored coach shows dust and water spots quickly and makes it really difficult to keep that clean appearance.
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Re-sale of a painted RVwill likely be a little higher or easier too, though I don't think you actually get your full money back. I think that a painted used coach will fetch more/quicker attention than a non-painted used coach.
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One downside is all the rv washing you will have to do afterwards. It will be so shiny you wont be able to let it get dirty any more.
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Our 03 Phaeton came from the factory all white. The dealer then had the 03 Allegro Bus pattern painted on it by a local shop they applied several coats of clear on it along with the 3M shield. When we traded it two years ago, the paint still looked new and the 3M shield was still good. No downside to full body paint that I could see. I also had the 3M product applied to the sides of a Jeep Rubicon that we used for offroad. Had a lot of scratches on the 3M, but nothing went through to the paint. A heat gun and patience, removed it and paint was like new. Great stuff. The Diamond Shield on our MH is just as good.
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The full body paint is great ...helps keep the coach looking good. (wish the roof had been painted white instead of left as gel coat). I paid to have 3m applied, and then had to remove it after it went to crap after 5-6 years. If I KNEW I would sell the coach at 3 years I might get it ...otherwise I consider it a bad waste of $$$.
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The biggest downside to that $20,000 full body paint job in my mind is the point at which the clear coat begins shedding from the rig.

(If the rig is garaged and not used frequently, this may not be a problem.)

At that time, be it 5 years or 15 year from now, repairing (replacing) that paint job will be expensive.
Love the full paint, but I spent $1500 last year to have one color repainted for a section that was about 10 feet long and about 4 feet down to 1 foot wide... And that was from a close friend... But otherwise love the paint.

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