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 9/28/2010 12:58 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:42:10 PM

There is nothing wrong with owning an older RV as long as you don't let it show it age. Many campgrounds have rules that disallow RV's older than 10 years old. They do this to keep the appearance of the campground looking like a Resort rather than a trailer park. So far we have never been questioned about the age of our unit. It is the right style to look modern as long as we keep the surface looking new.

I usually wax it twice a year so it doesn't oxide to the point that it becomes hard to do. When it was new I also took the time & expense to clear coat all the vinal graphics. Over the long haul this keeps them looking clean and fresh and also keeps them from peeling.

When we were hit in the side on I 75 4 years ago, the paint shop that did the work did not match the graphics very well and also must have used inferior clear coat. The result was it's started to check or peel off the decals. The other side is still perfect and needs no work, so I know what caused the problem.

This little update will keep us from looking like the Clampets and give the appearance that we are newer than we really are.


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 9/28/2010 1:00 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:42:56 PM

I was hoping all the old clear coat would blow off easily with a high pressure air hose, but that didn't work out.

The whole surface is going to have to be sanded down to the original color.


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 9/28/2010 1:02 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:43:35 PM

This picture shows the color mismatch and the checking clear coat. It has been driving me crazy for a while.


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 9/28/2010 1:06 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:44:14 PM

I have to be real careful because the old paint is over the original decal and if you break the surface of the decal, the new paint will have a tendency to swell in those areas when you apply the new paint.

It's not a easy job for beginners but I have done it enough I know what I want it to look like before moving on.

See the light green versus the dark. The dark has to come off.


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 9/28/2010 1:14 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:45:03 PM

I decided to sand the gold also because the old clear finish was getting rough. I knew when I painted the new green I could clear coat the white and gold at the same time.

Part of my layout strategy was to tape off the entire surface that would be clear coated first. Then I would tape another paper layer over the white and gold and only show the green. After I painted the green I pulled only the temporay paper off the gold and white which exposed the entire surface to be clear coated without having to do it twice. Now I could clear coat the entire surface making the gold look new also.

Fun isn't it?


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 9/28/2010 1:17 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:45:43 PM

Now we are looking presentable again.

Keep in mind this was all done in our parking area at home. They were calling for rain all day but I kept my eye on the clouds.

I needed 3 hours drying time to be safe.


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 9/28/2010 1:18 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:46:21 PM


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 9/28/2010 1:38 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:47:52 PM

Now notice the picture on the last post compared to this one. This is our RV, parked next to our beach condo, when we first purchased it in Va Beach to go fultiming.

Look at the side. Notice the strips don't go all the way to the ground.

While traveling I got the wild idea to drop the graphics all the way to the ground to give it a more modern look. I remember buying the paint I needed in Bull head City,Arizonia and hauled it around with me looking for the right campground to do the work.

We finally ended up in Sedona,Az at a campgound called Page Springs. It was small and we were on a site with a running spring. No one was within 500 yards of us. The management was extreamly friendly so I asked them if they minded if I did some paint work on our motorhome. They said help yourself.

I did all the sanding and layout, which was 3 colors that morning. Campers were walking around in amazement that I would even think about painting on a new motorhome.

I had brought all my sanders and paint guns with me because we were fultime and if I had to fix something on the road I wanted to be prepared.

Where did I get the air from? Our motorhome has air brakes and there is a quick disconnect access up by the generator. I had already found the fitting I needed before I left Va Beach. I brought 50 foot of air hose with me, in the storage bins. I started up the motorhome and when the air reached 120 psi I was ready to go. I had a regulator on the paint gun, so I could adjust for the pressure I needed.

About 3 hours later I stood back and could not believe my eyes as to how pretty it was.

There was a guy staying in the campground that came over and asked if I would paint his whole motorhome. Now I was not that nevvy.

Here's what it looked like before.


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 9/28/2010 1:44 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 3/8/2011 6:48:50 PM

Here's what it looks like now.

After I had finished the sides, I decided I needed some more color up front.

I was somewhere in Canada staying at a remote campground and did the front graphics to match the sides.

Who said you can't stay busy while fultiming?

I think we can fool the campgrounds for a few more years, what do you think?


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 10/5/2010 4:46 PM
 

I agree with you on keeping your rig looking sharp. But waxing it is beyound me. I have a 30' fifth wheel and just washing it wears me out. I can't imagine waxing that beast!!! But that's just me.

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