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Old 03-05-2021, 10:46 AM   #1
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Wrap instead of paint

In another thread I asked about repainting and clear coating the top cap of my motor home. I got a reputable shop to give me a quote that came to about $1800. My motor home is in good shape and cosmetically looks very good for it's age, except the top cap.

In discussions with some other folks it was suggested I consider wrapping the top cap. I don't know how much this will cost but presumably less than painting. I called a couple of shops that do this work and they do not sand the peeling clear coat but will scrape it somewhat clean and apply the vinyl wrap. They won't warranty but said it should last 5 years as long as they can scrape off the largest areas that are peeling.

The other option is to have a body shop sand the top cap and then take it to the wrap shop. I expect to own the motorhome for another 3-5 years.

Any suggestions?
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Have it painted. If you are going to sell it in 3 to 5 years buyers will not want to buy anything with a piece of vinyl covering possible damage no matter what you say. It will be money well spent when it comes time to sell.
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The big issue is getting the remnants of the wrap off after 5 years in the sun.
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The big issue is getting the remnants of the wrap off after 5 years in the sun.
From my research a quality vinyl should not be difficult to remove. I'm doing this for me not for a future owner.
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I doubt that a vinyl wrap will last as long as a good clear coat. $1800 sounds pretty reasonable to me.
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From my research a quality vinyl should not be difficult to remove. I'm doing this for me not for a future owner.

Research and the reality of doing it are two different things. I have removed vinyl from boats that have been in the sun for a few years. It is VERY time consuming. If there are any cracks in the vinyl (at all) from sun damage it will take a heat gun to remove the vinyl and 3-M adhesive remover to remove the adhesive left behind. Sure, it isn't that hard to do. But, your fingers will be raw by the time you are done. It took an entire day per side of a 23 foot boat to remove and clean off a 4 foot wide vinyl covering. On a different boat, it took 8 hours to remove vinyl that was 18" wide and wrapped all around the flybridge. This had been in the sun for 25 years and was mostly just flaking off. This was easier to get off, but still a PITA.

If it were me, I would prep it correctly and repaint.
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Wrap - That's a good idea. Can't see throwing money away on paint.
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You have a very nice bus. I would go with paint. A wrap MAY last 5 years. It will hurt the resale value. I know that you said you are doing it for you and not a future owner. Fine. Some day though you WILL sell it. I would not contemplate a wrap for my Wanderlodge.
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Paint. Wrap won't be much less.
This discussion comes around every two months or so.
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Wrap / Paint ?

Tim,
Here is what i did about 4 years ago on our 2007 Seneca 33ss.
I did "Scotchbrite" the cap to remove most of the peeling clear coat,for them,prior to taking her in.
Note; In just the right light I can see the different "levels" where the clear coat is missing, but you really have to look hard to see it.
Cost was $600.00

The wrap is in "carbon fiber look alike" and it has held up just fine.

Soooo easy to get the bugs off with a soft brush and soap.

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The quality of the vinyl available now is very good, it has some uv protection built into it and it can be waxed just like paint. I think its a good alternative to paint and it may last almost as long as another clear coat for half the cost. I re-did mine 7 years ago and it still looks shiny and has zero cracks.
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Thanks guys for all your advice. And thanks to Prof-T for your compliment. Yes I do have a very nice coach and since it is always under cover when stowed the paint has held up well except for the top cap. Black should never be used as a top cap paint.

I have an appt week after next to have it painted and clear coated. In the meantime I have an appt Tuesday to have the dash air fixed and the wrap shop is just 10 minutes away. So after the AC is fixed I'm going to swing my the wrap shop and let them take a look at the top cap. I suspect the wrap shop will tell me to have it sanded first. If so the cost to sand and wrap will probably approach the cost of painting and clear coating.
Stay tuned.
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