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Old 10-02-2010, 12:00 PM   #11
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My only contribution to this thread, I wish our rig was full body paint. lol it would cost more than the rig is worth.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:52 PM   #12
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yes the coach is a base coat clear coat PPG clear
Ours is Sikens paint, no clear coat. If in doubt I would double check with FR but I really don't think they are going to the expense of a clearcoat.
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:08 PM   #13
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I think I may call fr. If it is clearcoat I'm guessing I can't paint over it then
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:41 PM   #14
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Clear Coat

This is where Forest River send their units to be painted, they're not painted by Forest River themselves..., go check out how they paint the coach and it'll show you that they do clear coat to protect from UV rays and to give paint a shine...

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Old 10-02-2010, 04:28 PM   #15
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UMMM, I don't see anywhere on their site where they explain their process, especially if they use clear coat or not. I do not see evidence on our rig that there is clear coat. As ours came to us damaged by the driver I had to take the rig to a local body repair shop who in the process of color matching advised me it was NOT clear coated but a 2 part urethane type of paint. I am sure they do it for some rigs if you pay a higher price. I would guess that the price we pay for the full body paint doesn't include a base coat/clear coat process. If they did then I would be highly surprised and happy that they did but I see no evidence of it. I was extremely surprised it came with the Invisibra installed below the windshield.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:58 PM   #16
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An easy way to tell if there is clear or not is to look at the edge of the paint stripes. If it is not clear coated there will be an edge there. Even if it was color sanded.

If there is clear coat there will be almost no feelable edge over stripe edges.

It's not foolproof but it gives you some idea.

Also, most true base clear paint systems the base color is flat or matte in other words no gloss. It requires the clear to be put on to make it shine. If something has been base cleared from the factory there is almost always places that can't normally be seen that have base color on them but not clear coat.

Most paints even modern that are straight base paints with no clearcoat will leave a little color residue on your cloth when polishing. Clearcoat will never do that.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:54 PM   #17
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I took the factory tour up at Elkhart. One of the questions asked was is this coach clear coated. The answer was double clear coated and its painted by the Coachmen coach company which is now owned by Forest River.
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An easy way to tell if there is clear or not is to look at the edge of the paint stripes. If it is not clear coated there will be an edge there. Even if it was color sanded.

If there is clear coat there will be almost no feelable edge over stripe edges.

Most paints even modern that are straight base paints with no clearcoat will leave a little color residue on your cloth when polishing. Clearcoat will never do that.
I just did the test with multiple stipe edges on my 2010 373 and could feel no edge.

I have not seen color residue when polishing.

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I have no edge either. Don't know why I didn't think of that. Looks we won't be doing any painting......
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:22 PM   #20
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They are clear coated. When my doors were damaged the dealer that painted them explained the paint sequence including the couple coats of clear coat for the finish. When my door got scratched at the shop removing the shim, I took it to a body shop that was able to buff it out since it was only in the clearcoat. It looked white when scratched like it was down to a primer but buffed right out. There's no evidence of any scratch.
Now there's a time for clearcoat questions and a time to talk about beers. Forget that it's always time to talk about beer. It's 5 o'clock somewhere!!!!!!!!
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