Originally Posted by deepfish
I just purchase an 05 Itasca Meridian 39'. It has the silver/sand/burgundy full body paint graphics. It is still very shiny but had been left out in the sun and one side has both some clear coat flaking in 3 areas (all on the dark red/burgundy color) and on the majority of the rest of this side even though still nice and shinny you can see thousands of small fibers about 1/4" long that look to be under the paint but have migrated to the top and causes these tiny outlines of themselves. I would like to hear if someone else has seen this, what it is, if its going to get worse or if a good sealer and keeping it out of the sun at least when stored might keep it as is. I don't really mind the look as like I said still shiny and you have to look close to see them but I do want to keep them in check if they are moving towards the surface.
The defect that you are describing is called Thermal Checking. It is basically poorly manufactured fiberglass walls. There are ways to 'hide' the defect but the only way to eliminate it completely is to remove the walls down to the superstructure, replace and repaint. For my coach that is a 40-50 thousand dollar job, it ain't going to happen.
I use a special wax called Black Velvet for the black and maroon colored areas of the coach. The wax is black in color. If using a normal cream colored wax, when the wax gets into the check marks it is very noticeable. With the Black Velvet wax, they don't stand out so much.
It's only a temporary coverup but it does help.
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