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Old 11-01-2016, 03:06 PM   #15
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Based on posts I have read here, dark colors also make the coach harder to cool.

Yup! I would avoid dark colors if you use the rv mainly in the south. Though, I do love the look!
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There is no problem with the dark colors if you can put up with them being hotter and harder to keep clean than lighter colors. Even sitting in a CG, the darker coaches show the dirt from just the morning dew running down the sides.
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My RV is mostly black, i bought it with a paint sealer treatment and since i got it in March I've waxed the sides/front/back twice and the roof 3 times. It stays pretty clean.
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Old 11-05-2016, 11:45 AM   #18
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I wax my coach 2 times a year with Meguiars Marine 56 wax. It's stays in great condition and don't forget to wax the roof (as long as it fiberglass).
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Old 11-06-2016, 01:07 PM   #20
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I will NEVER buy a dark colored coach again. On my 05 Diplomat, which was waxed 4 times a year, the clear coat along the roof line went bad at 6 years, especially the dark colors. I repainted the roof with a light tan. Later, about 9 years, the dark green started to check.

I bought a new coach, knowing better, that had a lot of black. Two and half years later the black was going bad. Consequently......if there is a another coach in the future it will be all tans and creams. If any dark colors, they will be low and less than 25% of the paint work.
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I agree Don. Plus add in the affect of living in Southern California which does a number on the coach exterior.

Most of the paint thermal checking on my coach had been done while living in Santa Clarita CA for 16 years. Now the clear coat is falling off in lots of places.

One day I will have the Mexicans in Los Algodones repaint the coach. They are near Yuma AZ.

I hear that they do a great job for a very reasonable price. Not perfect but certainly better than what it is now. Not willing to spend $50K-$60K on a perfect job with all new walls.

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Use an infrared temp.tool -- on a hot, sunny day, -- you will find a 40 to 50 degree temp. Difference between Black and a lighter color on the same panel.
We had some fiberglass cracking, and little hair line cracks, -- primarily in the darker colors.
I think the temp. difference contributed to the problem. A large sheet of fiberglass with different colors heating up and cooling down at night with different degrees of expansion and contraction.

Anyway, getting new fiberglass and repainting with lighter colors. Getting away from all the Black
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