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Old 06-16-2012, 07:32 AM   #1
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I purchased a 1993 Damon Challenger and will be picking it up tomorrow. It is in great condition but the outside is oxidized significantly and the decals are cracked. I got it for an incredible price so can afford to put a bit into it to make it look better. I have been researching this and get many recommendations about how to treat the outside to get it looking better. Where do I start? I've read about Polyglow and Presto. I've read about cracked decal replacement. I just need a good resource to get a little more direction--preferably from someone who has been there.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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I just finished the Zep High Traffic Floor treatment on my '94 Itasca. Search the forums for Zep or Redmax Pro (same product different name) and you'll get all the details. All I can say is that it looks amazing. Mine, like yours, was oxidized with faded and cracked graphics. Obviously, the cracks are still there, but the graphics are so vibrant now you hardly notice the cracking. Another benefit is that the black window trim now looks nearly new.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:55 AM   #3
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When I priced out new decals, I knew that wasn't the way I could go. Very expensive. So I headed down to Mexico and had them removed, then replaced with paint. During that paint job, they also cleaned and waxed the upper part. Cost was $900.

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Because everyone has a favorite that works well for them. Get some independent advice. I found that the folks at AUTOGEEK are very knowledgeable and can steer you to the correct products to restore your rigs shine. The always ask me "How much work are you willing to do"? Then they make their recommendation
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:57 PM   #5
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Because everyone has a favorite that works well for them. Get some independent advice. I found that the folks at AUTOGEEK are very knowledgeable and can steer you to the correct products to restore your rigs shine. The always ask me "How much work are you willing to do"? Then they make their recommendation
On the bold, that's the first call that needs to be made, I believe!

If you're doing what you can yourself, I would also recommend the Red Max Pro route. Worst case, you get it done and still don't like it (not very likely), but you are only out of 20 dollars worth of materials and some time...
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Thanks for the input--I'll be checking on AUTOGEEK but for now will plan on proceeding with the the Zep plan in a small area and see how it looks. I have one other question. My carpet is obviously wellworn and faded. I know some people put down laminate but I do like the carpet. Has anyone tried replacing this? Someone told me sometimes the companies actually have precut replacemenet carpet? Any thoughts would be appreciated and my thanks in advance.
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Even though the carpet can be a complete pain to maintain at times, I like it as well. I've never heard of a pre-cut replacement.
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Please let us know what you plan on using and how it works out? We have one big decal that was in the sun too long in AZ and it has cracked.
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Thanks for the input--[Snip] I have one other question. My carpet is obviously wellworn and faded. I know some people put down laminate but I do like the carpet. Has anyone tried replacing this? Someone told me sometimes the companies actually have precut replacemenet carpet? Any thoughts would be appreciated and my thanks in advance.
The main problem with replacing the carpet is that the manufacturers seem to use thousands of staples when putting it down. It seems to be a huge chore to rip it all out. Those that have done it seem to be very pleased with the finished results though...and all the threads I've read about it seem to be replacing it with laminate. I don't recall ever reading about pre-cut replacements but I'd bet they're out there somewhere.
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I recently replaced all the carpet and vinyl throughout my old (but new to me!) MH. For best results, you'll need to pretty much remove all the furniture, remove the old carpet and pad (unless you're replacing with new carpet, and then you could reuse the pad), and then put down whatever you're going to use. I went with Allure vinyl flooring (it's the product sold at Home Depot that looks like wood, but is really a thick vinyl with adhesive edges). The product is waterproof. For the doghouse and front dash, reuse the old carpet as templates and then replace with new carpet, using spary adhesive to hold it down. Here's a quick before and after.
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I recently replaced all the carpet and vinyl throughout my old (but new to me!) MH. For best results, you'll need to pretty much remove all the furniture, remove the old carpet and pad (unless you're replacing with new carpet, and then you could reuse the pad), and then put down whatever you're going to use. I went with Allure vinyl flooring (it's the product sold at Home Depot that looks like wood, but is really a thick vinyl with adhesive edges). The product is waterproof. For the doghouse and front dash, reuse the old carpet as templates and then replace with new carpet, using spary adhesive to hold it down. Here's a quick before and after.
That looks great! I used Allure in the bathroom when I had to do a floor repair, it's a great product.
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