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Old 09-21-2016, 01:11 PM   #1
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Gel Coat gone in small area. Any suggestions on how to repair??

Just noticed today that thst gel coat is flaking off in an area the size is a salad plate along the top above the driver side. I waxed the coach six months ago and I swear it wasn't there. It looks like it's actually gone through the paint as well. This coach stays covered when not being used too. Anyway is it possible to repair this myself???
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A picture would be very helpful. Most likely it is really the clear coat that has failed, not the gel coat. The repair would be significantly different so without a picture to be sure I would hesitate to recommend anything.
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Almost surely clear coat (paint with no pigment) and not clear coat. Not sure what you mean about "gone through the paint", though. Is the color gone and the white fiberglass showing?
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A picture would be very helpful. Most likely it is really the clear coat that has failed, not the gel coat. The repair would be significantly different so without a picture to be sure I would hesitate to recommend anything.

Will get a picture as soon as possible!!!! But on further inspection it appears to be just the clear coat. The paint underneath looks ok.
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Almost surely clear coat (paint with no pigment) and not clear coat. Not sure what you mean about "gone through the paint", though. Is the color gone and the white fiberglass showing?
On further inspection it appears only the top clear coat is gone. The paint looks fine underneath.
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So it's not unusual for the clear coat to fail at the turn of the front cap especially on a coach that is stored outdoors. To repair you need to remove all of the loose and discolored clear coat and then reapply. While it is possible to do this yourself, it is a pretty easy and inexpensive repair for a professional to do and unless you have some experience in auto painting in your past, the pro will do a much better job. The tools alone will probably cost as much as the repair. If it were me I would get a couple of estimates and see if you really want to do this yourself.
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So it's not unusual for the clear coat to fail at the turn of the front cap especially on a coach that is stored outdoors. To repair you need to remove all of the loose and discolored clear coat and then reapply. While it is possible to do this yourself, it is a pretty easy and inexpensive repair for a professional to do and unless you have some experience in auto painting in your past, the pro will do a much better job. The tools alone will probably cost as much as the repair. If it were me I would get a couple of estimates and see if you really want to do this yourself.
I have no paint experience and I do want it to look nice. This coach is 10 years old and it has tiny places all over where the clear coat is beginning to bubble. I suspect it will require a paint job in a few years. I'm already putting money away for THAT expense. Tires are this years big ticket item lol.
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You can get touchup clear coat to protect the exposed color until you get around to painting, if you need to 'cleanup' some loose clear use something on the order of 600 wet and dry with lots of water. Work from the good surface towards the bad and be very careful not to remove the color. Once the loose clear coat is removed apply the touchup. Depending on the source of the clear coat it can be very 'thick', resist the urge to keep working it to get it smoother, you can always do another light sand and another coat.

Remember, Google is your friend, lots of youtube videos on clear coat repair. I would still recommend you get an estimate or two before you decide, you might be surprised how reasonable it is for a shop to do this.

Just my $0.02

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You can get touchup clear coat to protect the exposed color until you get around to painting, if you need to 'cleanup' some loose clear use something on the order of 600 wet and dry with lots of water. Work from the good surface towards the bad and be very careful not to remove the color. Once the loose clear coat is removed apply the touchup. Depending on the source of the clear coat it can be very 'thick', resist the urge to keep working it to get it smoother, you can always do another light sand and another coat.

Remember, Google is your friend, lots of youtube videos on clear coat repair. I would still recommend you get an estimate or two before you decide, you might be surprised how reasonable it is for a shop to do this.

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Jeff thanks!!! I really inspected the entire coach and the clear coat is bubbling up in many places, but the paint is still great underneath. With this coach being 10 years old, and I figure it was stored outside before we bought it, it is going to need to have a new clear coat applied eventually I'm starting to look for places that do this type work in our area and my first estimate was over $20,000!!! Think I'll keep looking lol!!
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Not sure here but some suggestions.

Check with manufacturer to confirm if any recalls or warranty could be in place...costs nothing to ask and while there see if they can tell you what is there so you can locate a compatible product.

600 wet dry with water running and a sponge as sanding pad should remove anything STICK ING UP!

Only sand enough to remove stuff curling up and then clean cracks in what is left.

Compatible material will blend in and fill cracks.

Let cure for a week and repeat with wet sand.

After a few coats cracks will be filled and it will be good enough.

Let cure a week or 3 then wax it but check product instructions for time to cure before wsxing.
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Jeff thanks!!! I really inspected the entire coach and the clear coat is bubbling up in many places, but the paint is still great underneath. With this coach being 10 years old, and I figure it was stored outside before we bought it, it is going to need to have a new clear coat applied eventually I'm starting to look for places that do this type work in our area and my first estimate was over $20,000!!! Think I'll keep looking lol!!

I would be looking for a complete paint job for 20k, although I think I saw you are driving. 43' coach so that is a lot of real estate. About three hours from you is the Foretravel plant in Nacogdoches, they will paint pretty much anything, no idea what they might charge but I would bet it would be done right. When you call for an estimate you probably want to be careful not to give them the impression that you need all of the clear redone (unless you do), that would be a lot of sanding on a 43' coach. If you can't get a price you like then you can do it yourself, just take your time and start in an area that is less visible until you get the hang of it. It's not hard, just tedious, kinda like waxing...

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