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Old 02-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Do all RV's have a problem with decals?

It seems that they either crack or fade. It makes the RV look terrible. What is the best remedy if this happens. Any help would be appreciated. I just can't seem to ignore them.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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A few of mine on my Journey started looking real bad cracked and faded. I removed with a steam iron which by the way makes the job real easy. I could see the outline of the vinyl stripe after removal masked it off as close to original and spray painted with a very close match. After a few more years all the vinyl looked so bad I removed everything with a steam iron and painted the coach. The bottom half was painted from the factory I painted the top half with epoxy paint white. I liked it without the stripes. There are companies that you can get replacement vinyl from too. Good Luck with whatever you do.
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Looking to replace the faded ones on mine...

Have found it to be between 1400-2100 dollars quoted to remove and do it all.....we have 40' DP

Graphics/Vinyl place can take care of it
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:12 AM   #4
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Not if you opt for full body paint like we did.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:14 AM   #5
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Looking to replace the faded ones on mine...

Have found it to be between 1400-2100 dollars quoted to remove and do it all.....we have 40' DP

Graphics/Vinyl place can take care of it
That's not a bad price. on our 2000 Dutch Star we needed to replace a small section of one decal under warranty. One side decals were over $2000 direct from Newmar had we had to pay for them.
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You can either pay many thousands for "full body paint", or you can simply take better care of your coach. The vinyl graphics on my 2002 Journey are just like new. No fading or alligator skin cracking.

Simply garage or cover your coach. Those who let them bake in the sun will have problems.
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It seems that they either crack or fade. It makes the RV look terrible. What is the best remedy if this happens. Any help would be appreciated. I just can't seem to ignore them.
I masked mine, cleaned with acetone to remove any wax, lightly sanded, cleaned again, and painted with Krylon (spray cans). Painted right over the vinyl. Looks good. Depends on the year of your motorhome (I'm assuming it's at least 10 years old) but it's a decent option.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:08 AM   #8
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I may start a flaming war but I never understood why all the decals on RV's, other than to make them more appealing to buyers. They aren't functional and, in most cases, fade or crack over time. They remind me of vinyl roofs or fake wire wheels on cars. Not a fan.
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I have either heard or read that waxing decals will cause them to decay and crack.

Since I don't wax the MH, I'm not worried about it. The Clear Coat is doing its job and keeping it clean, and not waxed - it looks like the day I bought it. (Except for my dents)
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I may start a flaming war but I never understood why all the decals on RV's, other than to make them more appealing to buyers. They aren't functional and, in most cases, fade or crack over time. They remind me of vinyl roofs or fake wire wheels on cars. Not a fan.
X 2. I agree. I dislike the graphics and prefer a solid or two tone color paint job. My graphics are starting to fade and I may just remove them and paint the entire upper half a solid color, off white perhaps.
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Not if you opt for full body paint like we did.
Thats what we did too,looks great! always looks like new.
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Can't recall to name now but has anyone tried the renew vinyl stuff like the Car Count uses on car vinyl on TV. Wonder if it would do any good on vinyl graphics
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Only way to truly "preserve" the new look would be to spray clear coat over them. UV rays are pretty serious fighters and most man-made stuff loses to it.
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The best remedy for cracking or fading decals is removal of same. NOTE. the paint under the decal may not match the paint around it though so .......
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