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Old 03-23-2017, 07:42 AM   #15
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Looking at a much less expensive option. I have some decals that are peeling, I see I can replace the worst ones for about $250 and help the look a lot. Next question, has anyone clear coated the decals and gelcoat after a through cleaning/deoxidation?
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Looking at a much less expensive option. I have some decals that are peeling, I see I can replace the worst ones for about $250 and help the look a lot. Next question, has anyone clear coated the decals and gelcoat after a through cleaning/deoxidation?
See #9 this thread. Also The clear coat on the vynal decals seems to be fine. I did a small area of White Gel Coat with a two part Urethane clear coat jut to test. Then a did real good compounding and polishing of an area adjacent and the polished out area is just about a good at the clear coat. So when I priced the clear coat to do the rest of the sides with two coats of clear it was going to take close to 3 gallons at $200 per gallon so I got busy and polished the gel coat. Made an old 2000 model look good.
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See #9 this thread. Also The clear coat on the vynal decals seems to be fine. I did a small area of White Gel Coat with a two part Urethane clear coat jut to test. Then a did real good compounding and polishing of an area adjacent and the polished out area is just about a good at the clear coat. So when I priced the clear coat to do the rest of the sides with two coats of clear it was going to take close to 3 gallons at $200 per gallon so I got busy and polished the gel coat. Made an old 2000 model look good.
So it appears that no one has actually fully clear coated an RV that has a mix of paint, gelcoat and decals. How did you prep your gel coat test area? The texture of a normal base coat is very dull, and the shine comes from the clearcoat. So I am thinking, instead of compounding it to remove the oxidation and bring out a shine, just go over it with a 400 grit sandpaper on a DA to remove the oxidation and small imperfections and use that as a toothy base for the clear coat. Only problem there is working around the good decals. A little research finds clear coating over gelcoat is common treatment on boats. Reason for clear coating is to get a finish that will not oxidize nearly as rapidly as gelcoat.


And I am thinking that I could do it in my driveway using a baker's scaffold on wheels and my Graco X5 airless sprayer that will put out a 12" fan. Obviously I need to talk to my local automotive paint dealer on a lot of issues. Hey if folks are using floor wax on the exterior (which I did on the roof), this ought be a step up and a lot more permanent. But way cheaper than hiring out a full $12,000 paint job.
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Be careful with what materials you use. Talk with a paint supplier before doing anything like this. I tried to clear coat some polished Aluminum wheels about 15 years ago and they looked good for about a year before they peeled.
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Back on Memorial weekend in Temecula CA I saw a Winnebago gasser about 34' or so that was done in a very attractive sand/tan colored bed-liner material. Roof and all. This rig was sealed top to bottom, seamless. I didn't ask price or what material he used. It was not like the LineX or Rhino stuff as it had a smooth pebble texture. The guy did say he did it himself and he used a roller. From the looks of the product I'd say it was probably Monstaliner by Magnet paints. It's the only stuff I've seen in this texture and color. I wish I took a picture. It looked really nice and I'd say that stuff will hold up pretty darn well.

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This is a closeup of the texture.

Nice and smooth. The Winnebago did have graphics over the bed liner.

This truck cost $350 to bed line the whole deal.
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The prep work would be huge but it is with any paint job. With bed liner you have a couple things to consider.

On the plus side:
a. Very durable
b. It is a very DIY project.
c. It is permanent.

On the bad side:
a. Probably adds 40-60 lbs over paint!
b. It is permanent

Cost wise I think the material costs about $110.00-$120.00 a mixed gallon and a 4 dimensional billboard like a 33' Motor home would probably take 15-20 gallons.

But it is a thought.
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I have used U-Pol Raptor bed liner in my Jeep, good stuff, hard pebbly finish, sprayed with a undercoat gun. Not what I am looking for on my MH. Keeping the original look. Winnebago has most of the original decals for those that don't have a good tight edge. I just want to get everything looking good and nail it in place with a good two part clear coat. You can see I do have some DIY level painting skills.

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Saw a nice repaint job in Iowa, guy had it done at race car place in Vero Beach $20 k. But the interesting part was the bedliner material on the lower front and the curve around to the front wheels. No polish, no stone damage, and used a stiff brush to keep it clean. Looked good.
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Here is a thread in Vintage on the subject
Painting or Wrapping RV?

I would like to take a trip down south to Mexico and have it done for a third what it would cost here.
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If you painted that jeep, it looks nice. As noted, the prep work for the motorhome will be a lot. Plus painting it outside will create opportunities for contamination. I would definitely invest in a good quality spray gun if you plan to do it.
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I have used U-Pol Raptor bed liner in my Jeep, good stuff, hard pebbly finish, sprayed with a undercoat gun. Not what I am looking for on my MH. Keeping the original look. Winnebago has most of the original decals for those that don't have a good tight edge. I just want to get everything looking good and nail it in place with a good two part clear coat. You can see I do have some DIY level painting skills.

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Nice CJ. I bought my first CJ5 40 years ago today! I sold it 20 years ago, but It's still a daily driver. I have a 2006 LJ Rubicon now.
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I don't know where your travels take you but I had the front and rear caps on my 03 dynasty repainted for $2,500. My buddy from wis liked it so much he brought his 40' from phoenix and had full body paint job under 6,000. Both look great. I spend winters near Harlingen tx.
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