Originally Posted by JoeJunior
RV body shops patch the fiberglass siding from behind and they often will glue a new patch of the same siding.
The cracks will be filled with plain old Bondo body filler and then it'll be sanded smooth.
The siding will have to be spot painted and then clear coated. The final coats on my Grand Design was faux finished to match the texture of the fiberglass which is actually a little rough. The painter used a ball of plastic wrap and he dabbed the final coats. I'm just glad that Grand Design furnishes the paint codes on their finishes. Most RV's colors are not uniform and the painters have to spend a great deal of time matching the paint colors by trial and error.
RV painters have to be extremely talented, and great painters are very hard to find. To repaint a whole 40' motor home would be extremely expensive in just paint and supplies alone. And who knows how long it would take to paint a multi colored big RV? And at $150 an hour labor, I'm surprised RV insurance is as cheap as it is.
Thanks. Seems like we might be a leg up by using better materials. I know I have replaced an Aluminum stud with a much thicker one, and used proper glue that will actually stick, plus adding ell brackets to further lock that stud. In short, if it happens again, it really will be totaled..
My best friend (like a brother) has been a high end painter covering a multi line dealership for over 20yrs. I often wonder if he pulls that Sata trigger in his sleep. He is the ONLY painter for the entire dealership covering probably 15 stores and brands. He has 3 paint booths and 4 prep bays. All him....No clue how he stays sane. They used to have FOUR painters.
I will probably ask him to commit a cardinal sin and come spot blend the repair. He will hate me....lol Ok, I might just grab my trim gun and get it done.