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Old 07-19-2014, 11:39 AM   #1
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I was thinking about removing all the old decals, the lower portion is painted fine, but it will leave me a big white canvas.

wanted to use some colors to compliment the burgundy or wine color.

I thought I could find a website to play around with colors.

any input on design?

I'll be doing the painting.
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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I painted my 2006 Winnebago Voyage 33V. I used a Harbor Freight heat gun and their plastic trim chisles to remove all the vinyl decals. Repainted with marine polyurethane topside paint after sanding and priming. I "rolled and tipped" the paint rather than spraying.
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The lower Burgandy has a nice angle rising up at the back.....I would play off that angle for sure.....I would also get as far away as possible from any of the traditional RV swirls and swoops.....As far as colors that would work well with burgandy, Benjamin Moore has some house painting guides that will show groupings that work well together, they even break down the % of each color...you can use that as a guide....Maybe trim out the windows in Burgandy...for a start..
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I painted my 2006 Winnebago Voyage 33V. I used a Harbor Freight heat gun and their plastic trim chisles to remove all the vinyl decals. Repainted with marine polyurethane topside paint after sanding and priming. I "rolled and tipped" the paint rather than spraying.
I plan the same project as the OP is doing, doing a full white on the sides, then adding the detail that are currently decals.

Did you do swirls or curves? How did they turn out? Can marine poly be tinted, or do we have to use what's in the can?
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Personally, I like clean and simple. Everybody and his brother has razzel dazzle swoops, swirls and psychedelic patterns now. It's refreshing to see an RV painted with a modest design pattern.
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I plan to play off the up-swipe towards the rear.

Been looking at some airplane designs they keep it simple, many of the new coaches are waaaaay to busy.

But I will not use decals.
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After reading the different post, curiosity has me awake with questions. Can one get custom decals and from where? Is it pricey? We have a 98' Itasca, 38 ft long, could use a paint job, however, would have to be DIY. I have painted many houses, inside and out with success, would that qualify me? Or as the old 50's song goes, "Just a Dream, Just a Dream.

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After reading the different post, curiosity has me awake with questions. Can one get custom decals and from where? Is it pricey? We have a 98' Itasca, 38 ft long, could use a paint job, however, would have to be DIY. I have painted many houses, inside and out with success, would that qualify me? Or as the old 50's song goes, "Just a Dream, Just a Dream.

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Thom, in reverse order...if you've painted homes, your skill level is good for a roll/tip method; especially if your wife or somebody can do the tipping or rolling. We look at our walls a lot closer than people look at motorhomes, don't we? If you plan to spray the paint on, then the potential for runs on fiberglass would be ever-present; especially on such large areas.

I checked into a decal shop down here and she can replicate your current pattern, can sell you the material or can install it for you ($2000 vs. $1000), or can do a body wrap for about $4000. A body wrap can be anything you want it to be. Photo of Grand Canyon, your kids, Star Wars, you name it.

These are rough estimates, as they all vary by size and material. PM me if you want her contact info, or google up vinyl graphics in your area.
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I was thinking about removing all the old decals, the lower portion is painted fine, but it will leave me a big white canvas.

wanted to use some colors to compliment the burgundy or wine color.

I thought I could find a website to play around with colors.

any input on design?

I'll be doing the painting.
Are you planning to paint the entire top surface? If not, be aware that the fiberglass under the decals will be a lot shinier and may be a different color than the fiberglass that has been exposed to the weather. If that's the case, you may want to repaint the same pattern you have now. It actually looks pretty good. I'm with Moonrover. I prefer simple without a lot of razzle-dazzle.
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In our case, the whole top part of the coach will get a white base, all the way to the roof line.

What I've read so far about roll/tip is to tip towards the already-painted surface and try to stay wet/wet. Do about a 2x2 area at a time.

My question is about how to paint the rear cap (about 8x8). Do you guys go all the way across the bottom, then start rows 2,3,4? Or would you go up one side and then do a column at a time?
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Are you planning to paint the entire top surface? If not, be aware that the fiberglass under the decals will be a lot shinier and may be a different color than the fiberglass that has been exposed to the weather. If that's the case, you may want to repaint the same pattern you have now. It actually looks pretty good. I'm with Moonrover. I prefer simple without a lot of razzle-dazzle.
No not painting the entire surface.

My plan after removal of the decals is to wet sand all the unpainted FB with 1000/2000 grit paper, this will even out a lot of color or shine that will be under the old decals. It will also give a good clean bonding surface to paint on.

I've done my boats that way, all the oxidation is gone, it goes very fast, with a hose. (I estimate about an hour per side) but you need about 10 pieces of sand paper per side my guess.
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I would not consider decals again, paint costs less, about the same if a shop paints it without too much razzal dazzle I think?

I would not worry about drips they can always be sanded and buffed out, or respray that spot.

just spray a test on a big piece of cardboard like 3x3, if it don't drip there you're fine.
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OK, we're talking the same language, since I've painted several boats, too (and detailed several more). I want to get a shine on the rear cap at the roofline corners, and mentioned to a guy at the RV repair shop that I was going to hit it with 1500 wet/dry and he said..."don't do it".

His explanation was that those caps are made of a type of fiberglass that is very porous, and once you sand through, you'll get even more pores (less shine than before). He turned out to be the resident RV painter, so I took him at his word.

....which is why I'm going to paint the rear cap first.
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I disagree, that gel coat is thicker than you think.

If you're going to paint it, why not sand it first and see what it looks like.
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