Originally Posted by GDGorsuch
What does full body paint mean. How else would the coach be painted?
My registration detail does not show. Dwight Gorsuch
Maryland. New to us, 07 Monaco Diplomat 400
My motorhome is gelcoat with decals. It's nice but...after 20 years cleaning the decals is a massive job, as is cleaning the gelcoat. I'm doing it now. We are talking weeks and probably longer than a month. Likely 2 months to detail it.
With full-body paint you can do full on cleaning, paint correction, scratch removal and lastly waxing with ease - as compared to gelcoat and decals.
Gelcoat oxidizes and must be ground out with a polisher. In my case, it takes 4 passes with cleaning between each step to get it to brilliant white and full shine.
The vinyl decals absorb dirt. Literally pad after pad after pad of repeated polishing with a high-grit compound to get them clean and remove the water spots. It is nothing short of amazing how black the pads are when working on the decals. And it never seems to stop. But...when you finally get to the end, you see all the metallic particles gleaming and the stripes are much like new. I am not kidding when I say that on one section of decal alone I will use 20 pads with every one of them being black from debris.
I've been doing laundry on those pads every day to get the black out so that I can reuse them.
So...in my mind...full body paint is very easy to correct and repair and polish out. It also comes out perfect very quickly. Gelcoat and decals? Wow, what a lot of work.
I'll be doing a post on it when I've got the main section done. It is shocking. And then some. The difference is hard to even imagine, it has to be seen to be believed. But I envy full body paint.....
Speaking of which, my father told me full-body paint did not come out until later years (ie, unavailable).