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Old 05-05-2018, 10:33 AM   #1
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Repainted front caps

Can some of you show me your repainted front caps? Did you have the decals replaced? I am going to bite the bullet and pay to have ours repainted since it makes me sick to see it fading and FR and my local dealer are no help.

The shop I will be taking it to recommended not putting front decals back on because they will fade out. Then when you remove them, there will be a "ghost" of where it was. I thought it would look odd without the decals. Anyway if you guys have pics of your repainted caps with or without decals, I would love to see them. Thanks!
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Nobody has had their front caps painted?
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I'm surprised a 2-3 yr old front cap would be fading already. What kind of UV blocker are you using and how often is it applied?
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Old 05-06-2018, 04:01 PM   #4
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I would rather deoxidize and buff out the gelcoat than get it painted. But as far as decals, I would leave them off if you are planning to keep the RV, but that is just me. I have removed all the small accent decals on the front leaving only the big one. That one is coming off next year. And yes, there is ghosting underneath but most of it buffs out on gelcoat.

My friends had their dark brown cap repainted under warranty, it soon faded. Then second repaint (not covered) cracked badly. They are on the third repaint now, so far so good. They replaced the decals every time.

Hopefully someone that has repainted will answer you.
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Old 05-06-2018, 04:17 PM   #6
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Hi,

This is a paint job from two years ago, done under the extended warranty. Decals are solid and the color is equally fine.

The paint and decals have been through two Quartzsite winters, several other long trips out west, and the rest of two years in the usual variety of northern Illinois weather.

I have a suspicion some portion of customer satisfaction on these front cap paint jobs hinges on who you select to do the work.

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I'm surprised a 2-3 yr old front cap would be fading already. What kind of UV blocker are you using and how often is it applied?
Several of the dark gray front caps from FR faded fast, like in under a year, which were covered under warranty. They had bad gelcoat that was not UV protected and caused them to bleach out and look ugly as can be. Unfortunately, I am the 2nd owner and FR won't even talk to me because of it. There are a few threads all over the net about it. The only way to control it is buff it every few months and coat it, or paint it. Guys that buff them say it does not last, no matter what you use.

The front cap on our Wildcat 262RGX is very curved and is impossible for me to buff or apply any coating to it, especially being short and 65 years old. I simply cannot reach it without some elaborate scaffolding. Automotive base/clear will last many years without having to worry about it. The paint on my 12 year old Dodge still looks new.
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New cap before decals

I like the “no decal” look !
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I like the “no decal” look !
X2. I'm seriously considering ordering our next RV naked (the Rv, not me).
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SeventyGTX - makes sense. It's just too bad that you get stuck with the repair!
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