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Old 04-19-2018, 01:07 PM   #1
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Full Body Paint

Is full body paint worth the price? It's pretty expensive. If you opt not to do full body paint, what's the other option, decals? Can't they be replaced it they peel off?
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Old 04-19-2018, 01:34 PM   #2
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Yes, I believe the full body paint would be worth the added cost. Decals can be replaced, but those are not cheap to buy and install either. The other thing is that I have noticed is the gelcoats fade over time. The front cap on our fiver is fading and it is a lot of work to try and keep it looking nice now. This does not happen to paint as there is more UV protection.

Just my 2 cents. Good luck in your decision.
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Yes, they look better and newer for much longer. Mine has half body paint, no decals, and I wish it was full cause the gelcoat is a pain in the butt to maintain.
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Ditto with aknavy...I've had both and my newest is full body paint. It was one of many factors in choosing this model. Wash it...wax it...it looks new forever just like automobiles. Only drawback is if you are in an accident and have to match the paint...it would be costly.
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Ditto with aknavy...I've had both and my newest is full body paint. It was one of many factors in choosing this model. Wash it...wax it...it looks new forever just like automobiles. Only drawback is if you are in an accident and have to match the paint...it would be costly.
Ugh...you have seen my automobiles? But this is good to know. Three in favor of and zero against, full body paint. Thanks for the feedback.
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Full Body Paint implies that the entire RV body is painted. Is this the case? Also, what is it about the Gel Coat that makes it so difficult to maintain? Not all brands I'm interested in offer an option other than the Gel Coat.
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Yes, full body paint is full body paint. No stickers or decals. Gel coat is fine...it's what boats are made of over the fiberglass. It just becomes chalky if not regularly waxed and is known to require more maintenance. Great and strong product otherwise.
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Full Body Paint implies that the entire RV body is painted. Is this the case? Also, what is it about the Gel Coat that makes it so difficult to maintain? Not all brands I'm interested in offer an option other than the Gel Coat.
Full body paint has been standard since 2000 (I think) on our coach brand, was an option before that.
Newell & Prevost was standard since the late '90's.
Cost to do a full coach and have it done right is $20,000 to $35,000+ .
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I dont have full body paint and wish I did.. Maintenance is a PIA, I am actually thinking to have mine painted..
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'00 DSDP had decals and gel coat. One small section of one side decal was $2,000. Luckily it was inder warranty.
'02 DSDP we paid the extra $7,000 and got FBP.
Present CC came with FBP included in the base price. I'm not sure you could get it done for $30,000 now.
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If you maintain the gelcoat it will look new for many years. you could probably spend less in buffing and wax to keep gelcoat looking new than the price of full paint.
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Another vote for full body paint, our last 5thwheel a Cedar Creek used to get waxed twice a year with a marine grade wax (seemed once I got done was time to start again ) the new River Stone Legacy is full body paint as said before just wash and I now use a spray wax much easier and quicker.
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Standard? I think the Vanleigh Vilano is considered a higher quality RV, but they don't even offer Full Body Paint as an option, let alone standard.
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Standard? I think the Vanleigh Vilano is considered a higher quality RV, but they don't even offer Full Body Paint as an option, let alone standard.


Vanleigh offers the Beacon which is their top of the line model. A step above vilano. And the Beacon has beautiful full body paint.
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