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Old 04-23-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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Much ado about my crack (s).

I've begun the "rebutification" process of our 1999 Winny Adventurer.

One of the issues is its "cracked" striping - everywhere and on all of them.

I'd be interested in hearing from someone(s) who has either restriped, repainted or simply painted over their "crack(s)?

What gives the best results in the most economical way?
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If they are Vinyl Stripes like mine there are several ways to fix it. One is get a wheel and polisher from an auto paint store for removing stripes and go about the job of removing them. Then get a Graphics shop to help you design and make new Graphics. 2 Get them to do the whole job (remove, design and install) 3 Do what I do about wrinkles just figure its part of gettin old. You may be able to get standard graphics from Winnebago but you still need to get them off and using a knife or razor blade can make a real mess of the fiberglass. While they are off you can wetsand and buff the surface to shine like new. The places the stickers were is going to look like new so you might want it to match. Sorry but its a Bear. I am looking at doing my 2005 and I dont like it either. Paint might last longer but is impossible to remove. Vinyl graphics should last at least 5 years.
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I've never done myself but have read alot about removing them and it sounds like a big job that will take a while. If it were me and I did remove them I would opt for having them painted back on. You'll probably find some discoloration after you remove them as that area has never been exposed to the elements. That will probably limit you to come up with another design.
As far as fixing them or painting over them that's not what you want to do. It will be alot of work for nothing. Once they start cracking, removing them is your only option.
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You'll probably find some discoloration after you remove them as that area has never been exposed to the elements. That will probably limit you to come up with another design.
As far as fixing them or painting over them that's not what you want to do. It will be alot of work for nothing. Once they start cracking, removing them is your only option.
What they do on boats is after removal is wetsand the whole surface with 1500 grit wetdry sand paper than buff the surface. That way you start with a uniform surface and it will shine like new when your done. Like you said It is a lot of work.... They have people for that....LOL I just cant afford them
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I've begun the "rebutification" process of our 1999 Winny Adventurer.

One of the issues is its "cracked" striping - everywhere and on all of them.

I'd be interested in hearing from someone(s) who has either restriped, repainted or simply painted over their "crack(s)?

What gives the best results in the most economical way?
I had my Fleetwood Flair re-striped and it came out so well that when I went to sell it one year later, I sold it within one week.
They stripped off the old stripes and applied new vinyl stripes. The also show you different patterns and colors so you can pick out what is best for your coach.
I highly recommend these folks. They are in Orange County, So Cal.


The R.V. re-styling specialists!!!
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Thank all!!

We are thinking of upgrading/trading up to a Monoco or Newmar and want it to look as good as it is to drive and travel with. The obvious question: Is the expense of the re-stripping or painting worth the amount of additional dollars we will receive on a trade? This will probably only learned once we have an offer in hand.
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I had my Fleetwood Flair re-striped and it came out so well that when I went to sell it one year later, I sold it within one week.
They stripped off the old stripes and applied new vinyl stripes. The also show you different patterns and colors so you can pick out what is best for your coach.
I highly recommend these folks. They are in Orange County, So Cal.


The R.V. re-styling specialists!!!
I emailed them with my details. They quoted me $3,050 for the job of: "Do a Compound/Polish to remove the oxidation from the surface of the coach, which will leave a high polished shine even on an older coach, Install all New Graphics back on the Coach and Finish with a Teflon Wax and Full Exterior Detail. We fix up old dull motorhomes all the time and they come out beautiful. The cost to do this whole process on a 37' RV is: $3050.00."
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Been there and done that old stripe thing. Getting the old off is a MAJOR pain, and the fiberglass/gel coat will be etched under them, so restripeing or painting new graphics is the only option. Then there is the crazing issue(tiny cracks all over the coach) on the fiberglass it's self, I had a coach with this issue, and have seen many others of the 97-2000 ventage. It doesn't hurt any thing just looks bad. 10 years ago there was no paint cure for it. IMHO doing all this work and $$ to trade the coach, the only one that will benefit from that will be the dealer.
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Been there and done that old stripe thing. Getting the old off is a MAJOR pain, and the fiberglass/gel coat will be etched under them, so restripeing or painting new graphics is the only option. Then there is the crazing issue(tiny cracks all over the coach) on the fiberglass it's self, I had a coach with this issue, and have seen many others of the 97-2000 ventage. It doesn't hurt any thing just looks bad. 10 years ago there was no paint cure for it. IMHO doing all this work and $$ to trade the coach, the only one that will benefit from that will be the dealer.
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I wouldnt do it just to trade it in..
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