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Old 03-16-2007, 02:55 PM   #1
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Does anyone share our problem?
Our full body paint chips off almost daily on our 2004 coach. It chips away, exposing white spots on all sides of our coach, plus the slides, even the non-exposed sides which of course are not open when traveling down the road which means it could not be rock chips from traveling.
We have found little bumps all over our coach that appear to be dust or dirt below the paint, indicating it was not dust free when painted. We have addressed this issue with the manufacturer repeatedly to no avail. Suggestions? Comments? Advice? Thank you.
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:55 PM   #2
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Does anyone share our problem?
Our full body paint chips off almost daily on our 2004 coach. It chips away, exposing white spots on all sides of our coach, plus the slides, even the non-exposed sides which of course are not open when traveling down the road which means it could not be rock chips from traveling.
We have found little bumps all over our coach that appear to be dust or dirt below the paint, indicating it was not dust free when painted. We have addressed this issue with the manufacturer repeatedly to no avail. Suggestions? Comments? Advice? Thank you.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:23 PM   #3
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I have heard dealers describe your paint affected as having "fish eyes". Generally there it is defective as a result of improper prepartion of the body prior to painting or contamination in the paint . I have had a series of full body painted Itascas as you presently have without experiencing anything similar.

Every now and then we all get a few chips as a result of errant pebbles or rocks on the road, but another source are the lawnmowers and weedeaters at the campgrounds.

If anyone inspects your chips and bumps and feels the paint was not up to proper standards, you possibly might want to schedule a trip to Winnebago for their inspection. I have heard of their rectifying defective paint by working out an amicable soulution for all parties.
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:40 PM   #4
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This sounds like bad gelcoat or a poor fiberglass prep. Run the back of your finger nail over some areas near the chips with some semi firm pressure and see if more chip appear. If they do than you have a defective finish. I have seen several brand new fiberglass shower/tubs that have this problem. They are made in the same way as the motorhome fiberglass.
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:46 PM   #5
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PS Gelcoat is like an eggshell type coating over the fiberglass base. It is supposed to cover up all the texture and patterns in the fiberglass and make it smooth for paint. If there is air bubbles under the gelcoat than you have a problem. It will start to chip out
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