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Old 10-19-2017, 02:38 PM   #1
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Spider crack in gel coat

I have a Sunseeker 2800 GTS which is a B+ as some would call it, as it has no overhead bunk. On the upper part of the cabover just below one of the running lights there is a spider shaped crack in the gel coat that looks like it took some sort of impact. Very difficult to get a picture as the MH is gray and it does not show up very well. It is about the size of a half dollar. Is there anything I can do to just seal this without having to do any major repair? My main concern is making the area look dull with any product I use, since the rest of the area is shiny. I don't want it to look worse as from the ground you can't hardly see it now. The MH has full body paint. Don't car if the crack is still visible, just want to prevent water intrusion.
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:01 PM   #2
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As a retired body man and painter, I can offer some advice. There are only a few things to do. First, you could use clear and a fine tip stripping brush to layer inside the cracks, let it dry and then buff it smooth. Second, a full on repair and repaint, not cheap and not really needed. Third, if it is up high as you say and you cannot see it, just leave it alone, it will not leak water like a cracked seam this is just the finish. If it were mine I would probably just put a heavy coat of wax on it, and keep an eye on it to see if it grows. If it does, then I would suggest a full repair.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do and if you need more help just pm me.
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Thanks John. Always good to hear from an expert! I may just do the wax treatment and keep an eye on it.
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Your welcome. I am glad to be of help.
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I had a phenomenon that still has me puzzled. While working on the exterior of our MH, I noticed what appeared to be gel coat crazing at the corners of a window. I was so certain that I bought a repair kit. However, I decided to try a very wet Brillo pad on it first, lightly rubbing the area. The crazing marks were gone for good. A little polish brought back the shine. It was almost too easy.
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I had a phenomenon that still has me puzzled. While working on the exterior of our MH, I noticed what appeared to be gel coat crazing at the corners of a window. I was so certain that I bought a repair kit. However, I decided to try a very wet Brillo pad on it first, lightly rubbing the area. The crazing marks were gone for good. A little polish brought back the shine. It was almost too easy.
It is possible that when they set the windshield or window that they scratched the finish and then you effectively buffed it away. I have seen some weird stuff in my time. I remember a brand new R-Vision MH stopped at our shop on its first trip with the windshield falling out so much you could put your arm between the glass and the dash.

I am sure there are many stories on here about strange things that happened
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:39 PM   #7
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It will not leak unless there is hole. The "spider" crack was caused by something impacting it either during shipping or installation. Look around the crack for something that might have hit it and protect it from getting hit again.


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