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Old 09-25-2019, 03:22 AM   #1
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Dead exterior paint

We have a 2003 HR Vacationer. We have owned it a little over a year. The white paint on the exterior walls comes off when I try to wash it. Now I have the aluminum skin shining through in several spots on both sides. It looks terrible!

Everytime I look at the damn thing I get sick to my stomach. No, we will not pay to have it repainted. To make matters worse my wife announced to me today it was one of our more costly mistakes.

We are considering painting it ourselves using aerosol spray cans to refresh the white. What can it hurt? The thing looks like crap now!! SUGGESTIONS???

Other than the crappy paint the MH is low miles and mechanically sound. Thanks for listening to me vent.
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From the wife's comment and the fact you have only owned it for a year I am guessing you will take a hit no matter what you do. Sounds like a good coach just cosmetic issues. Driveway paint jobs always devalue it more then doing nothing. I think I would price a paint job, factor in how much you have in it and if the wife is put off with the whole RV concept then think about taking the hit. Make the decision based on real numbers and a discussion on plans going forward.Also look into any high school trade training programs in your ares. Usually cost of materials and they have professional oversight. Would be better then a driveway job, good luck
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I agree with Ken. I would not paint the sides with a spray can or roller. You will devalue it more than it is already because then the aerosal or roller paint will need to be stripped.

Our coach had white streaks on the sides and looked like it was coated with whitewash. It turns out the white fiberglass roof is oxidizing and washing down the sides. I was able to clean the roof and paint it with Rustoleum Topside Marine Deck Paint from Amazon. Now the sides look very nice with a wash and wax.
https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-20...%2C1571&sr=8-3
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:20 AM   #4
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I agree with Ken. I would not paint the sides with a spray can or roller. You will devalue it more than it is already because then the aerosal or roller paint will need to be stripped.

Our coach had white streaks on the sides and looked like it was coated with whitewash. It turns out the white fiberglass roof is oxidizing and washing down the sides. I was able to clean the roof and paint it with Rustoleum Topside Marine Deck Paint from Amazon. Now the sides look very nice with a wash and wax.
https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-20...%2C1571&sr=8-3
I have read your comment. It really doesn't apply to my situation. First, my roof is painted aluminum that does NOT need any attention. It did need cleaning which was done. My sides are painted aluminum. I do NOT care about resale because in 4-5 years we will give it to our son. He can decide what he wants to do with it then.

I think we will end up with a DIY paint job on the sides. Also, I believe we will maybe use an automotive acrylic paint. I might even take a look at this Rustoleum paint for the sidewalls. Thanks.
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George,
We have a 2003 Monaco Cayman we've owned since new. It also has aluminum sidewalls. The paint and primer Monaco used was put on very very thin and suffers from the same affliction as your Vacationer. I have gone to an automotive paint supply store in the past with my paint codes and had a small batch of paint made up to match and they put it in an aerosol can for me. I'm an not an automotive painter by any stretch. The results aren't perfect, but from 20 foot away it's not that noticeable. Good prep, taping off things you don't want paint on and applying several light coats are essential to good results. If you can take a painted metal part to the paint store it will them match the color you want to paint. I used the water heater access door for mine. While it's not perfect, in my opinion, it looks better than bare aluminum or primer showing.

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We have a 2003 Monaco Cayman we've owned since new. It also has aluminum sidewalls. The paint and primer Monaco used was put on very very thin and suffers from the same affliction as your Vacationer. I have gone to an automotive paint supply store in the past with my paint codes and had a small batch of paint made up to match and they put it in an aerosol can for me. I'm an not an automotive painter by any stretch. The results aren't perfect, but from 20 foot away it's not that noticeable. Good prep, taping off things you don't want paint on and applying several light coats are essential to good results. If you can take a painted metal part to the paint store it will them match the color you want to paint. I used the water heater access door for mine. While it's not perfect, in my opinion, it looks better than bare aluminum or primer showing.

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Mike H ---- Thank you --- thank you --- thank you for the reply. You are the first to answer my question with an appropriate reply. You gave me a big glimmer of hope to straighten out the mess to my MH. Gosh, I do appreciate your reply.
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Glad I could be of some help. I understand your frustration with the paint on your coach. I now have some new areas that need "touching" up between the slides on the street side. I'll get to it some day.


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