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Old 03-05-2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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Peeling decals

I was looking at the front of our not a yr old yet grey wolf and noticed that the decal letters are starting to come up at the corners. I'm not sure if it would be covered under warranty to get them stuck back on, but I'm wondering if anyone has ever peeled them off themselves. My thought is if they are coming off now, then 2 yrs down the road are they going to start peeling again. If I can get them off now, before the area is sun bleached with the decal imprint, that may be better.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:08 AM   #2
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Usually the decals are not supposed to come off in a so short period. Maybe the surface was not too clean when they were applied? On the long run decals are taking a beating with the sun. I keep mine waxed with new finish wax all the time to prevent them from changing colours and so far it has worked. I am at my 13th trailer! This wax does not harm the decals and keep them brand new for a long time.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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When we were shopping for our camper, I saw a brand new one with one of the letters on the front cap gone, not just peeling, but GONE! The factory probably doesn't clean the surface properly, and there may be something on the fibreglass that interferes with the decal bonding.
We had a few corners lifting, and I siliconed them down. They seem to be holding fine now. I also wax the decals when I do the fibreglass.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:54 AM   #4
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All too common story with the decals that RV manufacturers are using today. To put it bluntly they are all cheap garbage. Take them off, polish out the area to minimize the shadows left behind and go camping. Either that or spend hundreds of dollars on new ones, or thousands on someone to paint them on.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:15 AM   #5
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"All too common story with the decals that RV manufacturers are using today. To put it bluntly they are all cheap garbage."
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Actually, that is a false statement and I think FR would be offended by your accusations. To suggest that people should remove all of their decals is a ridiculous and irresponsible thing to say.
With proper care, the decals will last for a very long time.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:28 PM   #6
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Hmmmm. I'm ok with taking the decal off (because I dont want to deal with this again). Super slow is the way to go I guess.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:37 AM   #7
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If all the decals are removed from your trailer I think it will be very hard to sell your trailer. It will look like a white elephant!
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:15 AM   #8
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I think I would complain to the dealer. Why not have them replaced if they are causing problems. Or at least, get you a new set, and you can put them on when the others are really bad.
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"I think I would complain to the dealer. Why not have them replaced if they are causing problems. Or at least, get you a new set, and you can put them on when the others are really bad."
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:31 AM   #10
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Sometimes it's not always the installer's fault when a vinyl is peeling. A good portion of the time it's the material that the RV company's use. Now I'm not saying that this is the case here or that FR does this, but simply that it is a possibility. I have been doing vehicle graphics and 3m rock guard for 15 years and seen my fair share of peeling decals from RV's. I also know that the factory graphics on these RV's are GROSSLY overpriced! Is there glue left behind on the surface where the decal is lifting? This would most certainly tell you that it's the material and not installation.

On a side note, once the decal has started to peel there is no re-applying it. The glue has now become contaminated and even if it does actually stick back down it will lift again guaranteed. As for removing the graphics, get yourself a heatgun if possible or a good hair dryer and warm the surface and start peeling slowly. This is the best way to get the graphics off. If there is any glue left try and get some adhesive remover from a local sign shop or get yourself some GooGone. That should help you if that's the road you want to go down.

Just my 2 cents.
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