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Old 04-03-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
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Fiberglass blemishes



Looking at a 2008 Mobile Suites 5th wheel, its a nice RV but its got a lot of these cracks/stress/blemishes only on 1 side, near the front.

Are these a big deal?
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I just purchased a 2008 Motorhome that the sides were replaces under warrantee for that exact came thing. I am told that is very common and purely aesthetic.
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I also had the same issues on a motorhome we used to own. It was cosmetic but only occurred on the black painted areas of the coach. I assumed it was heat related.
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Those "blemishes" are specifically called Thermal Checking. It is a defect of the fiberglass gel-coat. Thousands of RV and RV suppliers were affected over many years.

Monaco went bankrupt because of it.

Take a look at my entry door (photo #1). That's what I have to look at each time I enter the coach. All of the storage bay doors are not affected because they are aluminum not fiberglass. The other three photos are of the sides of the coach.

To fix it, ALL of the fiberglass has to be removed down to the frame. All new fiberglass has to be applied and then painted, a $50 - $60 dollar project ain't gonna happen.

I use a special wax called Black Velvet which hides the Thermal Checking temporarily.

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Cracking on Decals

Did you use black wax on a black decal? Do you think it would work on the maroon and blue and gray decals.
I'm thinking of painting the decals. Sand. Prime. Paint. Seal.
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My coach is Full-Body Paint, no decals.

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