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Old 06-19-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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Clear Coat

I have a 2006 Holiday Rambler "A", the clear coat is comming off of the front and back crown where the clearance lights are.
Can this be repaired by me or is it going to take s body shop ??
If I can do it HOW ??
It's nothing I can't live with but I would like my home to be pretty.

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Old 06-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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Clear coat is an actual final clear finish, sealant, layer of the paint process, the base coat ; pigment layer of paint; will fade quickly if the clear coat is rubbed off. That being said the clear coat is only a layer thousandths of an inch thick , and I think if you can see a layer pealing off that it may be another type of coating. Possible a 3M mask ?
If you can get a small piece of the material and take it to a paint shop , maybe they can identify it .

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Old 06-19-2013, 03:46 PM   #3
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The area around the front clearance lights on my RV are peeling so I stopped by a RV body shop and asked what would it take to do the repair. They said at least two days labor just to mask off and prep the area. At the labor rate charged that turns out to be expensive. I'm toying with the thought of using something like a Pettit epoxy marine paint if I can find a color that pleases me and my spouse.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:11 PM   #4
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It's fairly common to have the clear coat peel on the top of the front cap. I think the manufacturers often do a shoddy job up there, where it is not so visible. Shoddy prep work leads to peeling paint (clear coat is just paint with no pigment).

To fix it, sand it with 220 grit silicon carbide paper (use it wet - works easier) to remove the peeling coat, and then follow up with 320 or 400 grit paper to smooth it out for finishing. Then get yourself a couple cans of spray clear coat from an auto parts store and go to work.

If not experienced with spray can painting, especially on semi-vertical surfaces, get an extra can and practice on something else first.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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I've done this exact repair (painting clear coat and base coat) recently. I started this project because I had badly leaking front cap marker/clearance lights.

See my thread here and go the second page for the actual paint process.
I had to hire a fellow to help me at the stick home. I had all the equipment necessary but I'm getting older and not as agile as some years ago.

It cost me about $600 including labor and materials.

Good luck if you tackle this job 13 feet up in the air.
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